At last, I can finally sign off one of my regiments as definitely ‘completed’, the very first one of my Nappy Cavalry Project of 2015! There should be more to come quite soon but first to showcase in this project are the Italeri French Hussars that I’ve painted in the colours of the 1st Regiment. The set is a credit to Italeri and I’ve immensely enjoyed painting them. I’ve written (too) much already on these lovely figures, so I should really let the photos do the talking. I aim to present each completed set of figures in the future with a brief concluding regimental biography where possible.
Voila – the 1st Regiment of Hussars!
Biography: 1st Regiment of Hussars (France)
Created in 1720 as the Hussars de Berchenay, this regiment became the 1st Regiment of Hussars in 1791. The regiment was present at the iconic battle of Valmy at the inception of the Revolutionary Wars, and thereafter in many battles throughout the revolutionary and Napoleonic period. Famous battles they were present at include; Marengo, Ulm, Austerlitz, Jena, Eylau, Friedland and Leipzig. They were not, however, present with Napoleon at Waterloo, instead being assigned to accompany Grouchy’s forces in their pursuit of the Prussians. After the news of Waterloo was received, Grouchy retreated to Namur, in the course of which he was attacked until the 1st Hussars, under the direction of their regimental colonel, Maréchal-de-camp Clary, put the Prussian cavalry to flight. So ended their final engagement in the Napoleonic Wars.
Battle Honours include: Jemmapes 1792, Castiglione 1796, Eylau 1807 and Oporto 1809