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quinta-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2016

The Portuguese Legion in French Service

The Portuguese Legion (French Légion Portugaise and Portuguese Legião Portuguesa) was the 9 000 men strong Portuguese military force integrated in the Napoleon's Imperial Armies, mobilized after the occupation of Portugal by the army of General Junot, in 1807.




The Legion was created by order of Napoleon from 12 November 1807. Organization began in February, 1808, with the best units of the disbanded Portuguese Army, including the elite Legion of Light Troops.




It left to Salamanca in April 1808, crossing Spain until arriving in France. During the crossing of Spain, many legionnaires defected, returning to Portugal and joining the Portuguese resistance against the French occupation.



 At the service of Napoleon, the Portuguese Legion fought in the campaigns of Germany, Austria and Russia, suffering heavy casualties.


It was present in the battles of Wagram, Smolensk, Vitebsk and Borodino (Moscow). Being highly regarded by Napoleon, the troops of the Legion were referred by him as the "Black Infantry".



The Legion was disbanded at 5 May 1814, with only about 1000 of its soldiers surviving and returning to Portugal.

                Source: Wikipedia



28 comentários:

  1. On s'y croirait (brrrrr...)! Merveilleux travail comme toujours!

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    1. Merci chèr Phil, tu es toujours très gentil! :D Au revoir mon ami!

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  2. Excellent work my friend! I love this historical background!

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    1. Thanks Michał, I´m glad you liked it :D Cheers my friend!

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  3. Handsome duo! I especially like the mounted trooper. The brown uniform is quite nice.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! Their uniforms were very original, and the colour resembles the Caçadores uniforms :) Cheers!

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  4. Beautiful. It's cold in the winter it must have been in Russia.

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    1. Thank you my friend :) You are absolutely right, the painting in the background is by Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov! :D Cheers!

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  5. Very nice, I do like the dull brown colour, makes a nice change from all the colourful Nap uniforms.

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    1. Thanks Ray, glad you liked it! :D I agree, they are a nice change to the flamboyant birds of Paradise ;) Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Francis, these fellow´s story is fascinating! Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Russ for your visit and kind words! :D Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Gordon! It is a painting by a XIX century Russian artist, Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov :) Cheers!

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    1. You are very kind Michael, thanks for your support!! :D Cheers!

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  10. Wonderful work RM. Like the pictures in the snow. I bet the Russian campaign was very hard on their numbers!

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    1. Thanks Rod :D Yes, they suffered heavy losses, and behaved very bravely. 80 of them were awarded the Legion d´Honneur after Smolensko :) Cheers!!

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    1. Thanks Piotr for your visit and kind comment!! :) Cheers!

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  12. the setting is absolutely lovely, Rog, even the snow! Love the rider's uniform and helmet!

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    1. Thanks Dez!! Yes, they were quite original, glad you liked it! Cheers my friend!

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    1. Thanks Telamon :) Yes, that is the idea ... ;) Cheers and thanks for visiting!!

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