Murat's Army

The Army of the Kingdom of Naples 1806-1815

Digby Smith

The uniforms, organisation, and battle history of the armed forces of the Kingdom of Naples 1806 - 1815, illustrated with the work of Henri Boisselier.
Date Published :
April 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
99 color plates, plus supporting b/w images
No associated books available.


Although its crown was initially given to Joseph Bonaparte, the brief history of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples will be forever best associated with the reign of King Joachim Murat, Napoleon`s famous and flamboyant cavalry commander, from 1808 to 1815. Known more for the splendor of its uniforms than the achievements of its troops, Naples under Murat nevertheless became a major, if short-lived, player on the Italian Peninsula.
This book is based around a series of 99 plates from the work of the military illustrator Henri Boisselier covering the army and navy of the Kingdom of Naples, reproduced with the kind permission of the Anne S.K. Brown Collection. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary on the figure, comparing Boisselier’s depiction with the actual state of the army at the date of their portrayal. The accompanying text details the strength of each corps of the army (royal guard, infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, command and staff officers, and civilian para-military organizations) including uniform details, badges of rank, inter-company distinctions, flags and standards. The battle history of the units is also recounted, along with a brief history of the kingdom.

About The Author

Digby Smith has been writing books on European military history since 1973, concentrating mainly on the armies of continental Europe and in particular the many German states. His main areas of expertise are the Seven Years` War and the Napoleonic period.


“As well as being useful to anyone with an interest in Napoleonic History, this is a marvelous reference that will be a popular among wargamers and figure modellers in providing excellent detail on uniforms and their colours as worn by such a variety of different arms of Murat's Army.”


“...beautifully reproduced, colourful and spirited illustrations.”

- Miniature Wargames

“I would recommend this book to any uniformologist or researcher into Napoleonic militaria.”

- Army Rumour Service

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