Dated: July 17, 2005.
By Mr. Rafael Pardo of Spain.
I am sending some pictures corresponding to the 'Tirailleurs Corses' (a.k.a. the Emperor's cousins), a light infantry unit (at French service). The figures are HAT 8063 1805 French light infantry. The coat is blue with green facings, and with the giberne removed (and then glued in the waist).
Ed's notes: Tirailleurs Corses a.k.a Corsican Tirailleurs, or Corsican Light Infantry (as tirailleur was another word for light infantry).
*This all volunteer light infantry unit was one of Napoleon's best and came from his home island of Corsica (you can no longer accuse him of building his Empire with other peoples' blood). First raised in 1803, they were with him at numerous battles including Eylau and Austerlitz, went with him to Elba and were at the final battle of Waterloo. Now you too can have a batallion of the Emperor's cousins!
*A Google search of Tirailleurs Corses will give you at least 10 pages of links to them.
Many thanks to Mr. Rafael Pardo (Spain).
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