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Au Galop!


ISBN 978-1-907212-05-5


Paperback 11" x 8.5"; 238 pages; Au Galop

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Au Galop!


Horses and Riders of Napoleon's Army


Paul L. Dawson

Much has been written on Napoleon's armies and the battles and campaigns in which they fought. Attention has been paid to the tactics and organisation of the three arms that comprised the Napoleonic French army, the infantry, artillery and cavalry. However, to date there has been no clear and concise study of the supply of horses to the French army. Making extensive use of primary sources, especially archive material, this study presents, for the first time, the way in which Napoleon obtained horses for his army, the way they were fed, and crucially how the men and horses were trained.



Paul L. Dawson is a post graduate of the University of Leeds holding an MA by research in History, and is also a graduate of the University of Bradford, holding a degree of Bachelor of Science. He is a professional field archaeologist and horseman. In 2003 he was made a Fellow of Honour of the International Napoleonic Society in recognition of his research into the armies of Napoleon. He is co-author of Napoleonic Artillery, published in 2008, which received praiseworthy reviews in First Empire magazine. In addition he has written over 50 academic papers on Napoleonic subjects and equine nutrition as well as writing three books on the history of West Yorkshire. Since 2000 he has been commandant of the Association Britannique de la Garde Imperiale, the oldest Napoleonic re-enactment society in Europe, which specialises in the recreation and research of artillery and cavalry of the epoch.  Equestrian wise, he began riding in the early 1980s, and since 2008 he has ridden and volunteered for the Riding for Disabled Association, as well as competing in dressage within the RDA, being a class winner in 2010. He now works alongside Gwydyr Stables in North Wales, as a groom, trek leader and historical rider for film, TV work and live shows as well as concentrating on research and writing.