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Napoelonic rank insignia

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Napoelonic rank insignia

Unread postby J-C » Mon Dec 16, 2002 6:58 pm

YO. I'm wonderin' if there is anyone out there who can let me know what devices told you a soldier's rank in Napoleonic times. Was it shoulder straps, collar patches, chevrons what?
Appreciate a response
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Napoleonic ranks

Unread postby Herrwiggly » Mon Dec 16, 2002 7:10 pm

Hi j-c herrwiggly here, Do you wish information on the French or English ranks or both? maybe just maybe I can be of help. I will certainly give ita go. Cheers. :D :D
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Unread postby ChrisWI » Tue Dec 17, 2002 12:17 am

I have the French form of insignia, but only for enlisted soldiers:

Corpral - 2 chevrons above cuff
Quartermaster Cprl. - same as Cprl. but with a yellow chevron on upper arm
Sergeant - One Chevron
Sgt. Major - Two Chevrons

Corpral and Qumstr. Cprl. have orange chevrons, and the Sergeants have Yellow chevron. I hope this helps ask if you need more detalied information.

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Unread postby ChrisWI » Tue Dec 17, 2002 12:17 am

I have the French form of insignia, but only for enlisted soldiers:

Corpral - 2 chevrons above cuff
Quartermaster Cprl. - same as Cprl. but with a yellow chevron on upper arm
Sergeant - One Chevron
Sgt. Major - Two Chevrons

Corpral and Qumstr. Cprl. have orange chevrons, and the Sergeants have Yellow chevron. I hope this helps ask if you need more detalied information.

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Unread postby J-C » Tue Dec 17, 2002 10:35 pm

Thanks for the responses I would also like to know the British style insignia too and if you can let me know about the officers of the French and British armies of the time
Thanks again! :)
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Napoleonic British Insignia source

Unread postby ChrisWI » Tue Dec 17, 2002 10:41 pm

If you have the Osprey book "Wellington's Army:2" you can find the British Insignia source - its basicly the same as the British Army's current insignia
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British Army ranks(Napolionic era)

Unread postby Herrwiggly » Wed Dec 18, 2002 9:58 am

Hi J-C herrwiggly here. Infantry n.c.o.s 1812-15.
Chosen man-Lance corporal 1 chevron in regimental lace
Corporal 2 -------"---------------
Sergeant 3 chevrons in silver lace
Colour Sergeant 1 silver chevron below a union flag surmounted by a crown both in coloured silks with crossed silver, gold hilted swords over the flag staffs (instituted 1813)
Sergeant Major 4 silver chevrons. :D :D :D
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Officer ranks 19th century

Unread postby Herrwiggly » Wed Dec 18, 2002 10:19 am

Hi J-C. herrwiggly here again. it's quite a subject, rank structures a this time. By the 1820's the Sergeant Major's rank insignia had been changed to 4 stripes (chevrons) under a crown on the upper arm as before. In 1854 his rank insignia was transferred to the lower arm. As for officers, the Company officers still wore a bullion fringed epaulette on the right shoulder only, and \captains and lieutenants were vitually indistinquishable. Field grade officers wore the epaulettes on both shoulders with a star for Major, crown for Lieutenant Colonel and both crown and star for Colonel. Next instalment later. :D :D :D Cheers.
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