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March 19, 2014

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Plate 27: General of Division Junot, Colonel General of the Hussars, 1809.

“Colonel General” was a semisinecure position given marshals and select generals of division, largely as a financial bonus but possesing definite inspector general function. There was one for each arm of the service and four for the Imperial Guard.

General Andoche Junot had been Napoleon’s first aide-de-camp and remained one of his most devoted followers. All the colonel generals’ uniforms were impressive, but even Murat in all his glory could hardly outshine Junot. Junot’s scarlet and gold sash shows his official military grade as general of division, but there is far more gold than scarlet in its weave!

Print by Herbert Knötel from Napoleonic Uniforms Volume I by Col. John R. Elting © 2007. 

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