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Neapolitan Army

Grenadier, Royal Guard, 1812

A regiment of Grenadiers of the Royal Guard was raised by the King of Naples, Joseph Bonaparte, in March 1806. From the beginning the regiment was divided into two halves, one French, one Neapolitan. The French part was the most important.
When Marshall Murat became King of Naples after Joseph receiving the Spanish creoan and taking with him the best solidiers form the unit, nothing daunts him to induce the french soldiers whose units wre garrisoned in the kingdom to desert for the Neapolitan guard, provoking a long dispute with the French military authorities, arbitrated buy the emperor himself.

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The regiment never left the boundaries of the kingdom and was used for searching operations in the Abruzzi and Calabria and some skirmishes with the anglo-sicilian or the Austrian. From 1814 Murat freed himself of the Emperor to play his own and Itailian or even Neapolitan card, the French of the regiment object to fight against Napoleon, the las ones left Naples after Murat's shoot in early 1815.
Our Grenadier wears the full dress worn from 1812 by the regiment. Before, theri look was nealy the same as the grenadier of the imperial Guard except the regimental colour which ws Murat mos favorite colour, amarnth and yellow wool buttonholes from 1811 and the white bordered yellow leather belts introduced in 1809. From 1812 the cut of the cloth become the same as the new Bardin's Regulations, squeare lapels. For a foreing unit the look of those soldiers was very similar to the French on except for the bearskin cap which was rounder and bulkier than the French one.

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