Swiss Regiments in the Service of France 1798-1815

Uniforms, Organization, Campaigns

Stephen Ede-Borrett

A study of the uniforms and organization of the numerous Swiss units that served in the armies of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France.
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Reason To Revolution
Illustration :
8 color plates, 60 b/w prints, drawings & photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911628125
Pages : 148
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : In stock


This is the first full-length detailed study of the uniforms, organization, personnel and campaigns of the numerous Swiss units that served in the armies of Revolutionary, Directorate, and Imperial France from the campaigns of 1798 in Switzerland until the Hundred Days of 1815.

The author covers not just the regulation uniforms but also the numerous variations recorded in contemporary documents and plates. The uniforms of the Tete de Colonne could change from issue to issue and year to year and the author has tried to cover all of these known changes.

Estimates of the number of Swiss who served in the French Army from 1798-1815 vary from fifty to ninety thousand – numbers that makes the Swiss the largest non-French nationality in the Imperial Armies. There have been many studies of these units published in France and Switzerland but this is the first full-length study to be published in England.

About The Author

The Author has been fascinated by early military flags for as long as he can remember and made his first notes on those of the English Civil War at the age of fifteen! This fascination has never faded and was only enhanced by a long association with re-enacting the period. Over the years he has written a number of short studies of particular colours as well as three short studies of the Colours of Foot. He is proud to live in London with his partner Mary as guests of the cats who allow them to share it.

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