The Anatomy of Glory

Napoleon and His Guard

Henri Lachouque, Anne S K Brown

Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Illustration :
Central black and white plate section
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526703415
Pages : 776
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Napoleon’s Imperial Guard was arguably the most famous military formation to tread the battlefields of Europe. La Garde Imperial was created on 18 May 1804, and from its origins as a small personal escort, the Guard grew in size and importance throughout the Napoleonic era. Eventually, it became the tactical reserve of the Grande Armée, comprising almost a third of Napoleon’s field forces. The men of the Imperial Guard were the élite of the First Empire, its officers and men the military aristocracy of post-Revolutionary France.

Used only sparingly, the Guard acquired a reputation of invincibility. Such had become its prestige, when the attacks of the Guard were repulsed at Waterloo, they signaled not only the defeat of the French army but also the end of an era.

In this magnificent study, unparalleled in depth and scope, the renowned French historian Commandant Henry Lachouque has produced a lavish and sumptuous work. It combines vivid narrative with valuable and unique uniform illustrations, including seventy-four full color plates from the Anne S.K. Brown collection, to make The Anatomy of Glory one of the most important and most sought-after books on military history ever published.

About The Author

Born in 1883, and educated at Saint-Cyr, Henri Lachouque went on to serve in the First World War, participating in the Battle of the Marne in 1914. Wounded, he was invalided out of the French Army having been awarded the Legion d’Honneur and Croix de Guerre. He went on to become a renowned historian, particularly of the First Empire era. He passed away in Paris in October 1971.


“The book itself is filled with tons of black and white, and a few colored pictures to show the Imperial Guard and all of the Generals etc. that come up in its glorious history. It is also filled with anecdotes and quotes that you will find nowhere else… It is a work that is monumental in scope. It is a must have for anyone interested in the Napoleonic era to have on their shelf.”

- A Wargamers Needful Things

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