Dragon en vedette dans la campagne. Meissonier around 1876.

Dragon en vedette dans la campagne. Meissonier around 1876.

Letter by general Augereau about his election at the 500 council.

Letter by general Augereau about his election at the 500 council.

Maj.-Gen. Kostenetskiy is fighting with Polish lancers at Borodino, paint by Averianov. 

Maj.-Gen. Kostenetskiy is fighting with Polish lancers at Borodino, paint by Averianov. 

Chasseurs à cheval, 1809 by the amazing Edouard Detaille

Chasseurs à cheval, 1809 by the amazing Edouard Detaille

(Source: dagord, via grenadierfifer)

French dragon, Edouard Detaille.

French dragon, Edouard Detaille.

Le dernier carré, Waterloo.

Le dernier carré, Waterloo.

(Source: cowerhounds, via grenadierfifer)

Soldats! Faites votre devoir! Droit au cœur mais épargnez le visage. Feu!

"Soldiers! Do your duty! Straight to the heart but spare the face. Fire!"

Murat’s last words before facing the execution under Ferdinand of Naples, in My Memoirs by his wife Caroline Murat (nee Bonaparte).

Oh, Monsieur Dandy…

(via trollception)

(Source: invictascientia, via vive-le-empereur)

The Sambre et Meuse regiment
Always walked to the battlecry of “Liberty”
Walking the glorious path
which led it to immortality

All these proud children of Gaul
Went without stop and rest
With their rifles on their shoulders
Courage in their heart and
Bagpacks on their backs
Glory was their food
They didn’t have nor bread or shoes
At night they sleeped on the dirt
Using their bags as pillows

One hundred thousand came to fight us
Kings led them into battle
The general, a feeble old man
Shaked for the very first time
Seing the defeat
He gathered all his soldiers
And ordered them to retreat
But they didn’t listen

The shock was like thunder
It was a giant’s fight
Drunk from glory and powder
To die they tighten the ranks
The regiment under shells
was assaulted from every side
However, the living wall
Impassive was still standing

The number prevailed over courage
A last soldier was still standing
Defending himself with rage
But was made a prisoner
Seeing this fierce hero
The enemy cried over his fate
The last hero took a cartridge
Swore and killed himself

The Sambre et Meuse regiment
Died yelling “Liberty”
And its glorious fate
Deserves immortality

Sambre et Meuse song