Italian Guard "Conscripts" (Reale) In shako Firing Line. x 8 figures with 4 variants. These were formerly the Light Infantry but in 1812 were "conscripted" to the Guard.
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Italian Guard "Conscripts" (Reale) In shako Firing Line. x 8 figures with 4 variants. These were formerly the Light Infantry but in 1812 were "conscripted" to the Guard. During 1806-1807 they took part in the sieges of Danzig and Kolberg during the campaign in Dalmatia. From 1808 to 1813 Italian divisions served in Spain, especially distinguishing themselves under Suchet at Tarragona and Sagunto. In 1809 Eugène de Beauharnais’s Army of Italy formed the right wing of Napoleon's invasion of the Austrian Empire, winning a considerable victory at Raab and having a respectable share in the victory at Wagram. In 1812, Beauharnais marched 27,000 troops of the Kingdom of Italy into Russia. The Italian contingent distinguished themselves at Borodino and Maloyaroslavets;
In 1813 Italian troops were again part of the French forces in Germany, but in 1814 Eugéne found himself surrounded by enemies. Despite this Eugéne managed to hold his own, retreating to the Mincio and winning three victories over the Austrians. The campaign only ended after Napoleon’s abdication.
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