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Primary Sources

You will find a number of primary source documentation for the attention of both re-enactors and history buffs.

The Rules of Drogue

The game of "Drogue", was an extremely popular card game amongst French soldiers during the period.

Regulations concerning the Exercise and the Manoeuvers of the Infantry 1791

The military regulations governing all the movements and manipulations of the French infanterie during the Revolution and Napoleonic wars. This version was printed in Paris in 1808.

English Translation - Regulations concerning the Exercise and the Manoeuvers of the Infantry 1791

English Translation of the 1791 Regulations. Printed at Philadelphia (United States) in 1809 under the title of "The American Military Library or Compendium of the Modern Tactics embracing Discipline, Manoeuvres and Duties of Every Species of Troops."

Manner of Escorting, Attacking and Defending Convoys 1796

Military thesus by HUGO (Adjudant-Major of the 8th Bas-Rhin Battalion) written in 1796 regarding the manner of escorting, attacking and defending convoys and on the means of reducting the amount of convoys needed and their transport. This thesus concludes with some reflections on pillaging.

The Military Art or Complete Essay regarding Exercise 1798

French military document covering some aspects of the exercice of the infantry, cavalry, cannon, grenade and pikes. Published in Paris in 1798.

Infantry Manuel 1808

Resume of all the regulations, decrees, usages and information relative to the French infantry.

Manuel des Masses d'Habillement 1812

Some call it the "Bardin" whilst other name it the "Goupil". In both cases, it's the uniform regulations created in 1812 by Major Bardin that reviews previous regulations on this subject before presenting the conclusions of the commission he presided, in charge of establishing new uniform regulation for the French army.

Infantry Manuel 1813

The 1813 revision of this document which gathers all the regulations and decrees relative to the French infantry.

Recueil de Lois, Décrets, Ordonnances...Pour le Service des Etats-Majors des Places 1813

A fabulous compliation of all the details one needs to organise and run a military garrison.

Manuel Général du Service des Etats-Majors 1813

You want to know how a military head-quarters is set-up and run in a field army? Take a look at this.

NCO and Corporals of Infantry Manuel 1821

A real gold mine for re-enactors representing NCOs and corporals of the French infantry.

Exerzir-Reglement für die Infanterie der Königlich Preußischen Armee 1812

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Prussian infantry as from 1812.

Exerzir-Reglement für die Infanterie der Königlich Preußischen Armee 1812

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Russian cavalry as from 1812.

Exerzir-Reglement für die Artillerie der Königlich Preußischen Armee 1812

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Prussian artillery as from 1812.

Rules & Regulations for the Formations, Field-Exercise & Movements of His Majesty's Forces 1792

Published in 1792, this drill book details the formations and manoeuvres of the British infantry during the Revolutionary Wars with France.

Rules & Regulations for the Cavalry 1795

Published in 1795, this guide elaborates the ways to organise and manage a regiment of cavalry.

Instructions & Regulations for the Formations & Movements of the Cavalry 1799

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the British cavalry as from 1799.

Rules & Regulations for the Formations, Field-Exercise & Movements of His Majesty's Forces 1798

This drill book details the formations and manoeuvres of the British infantry from 1798.

A Treatise upon the Duties of Light Troops 1803

English translation of the remarkable military manuel written by Colonel von Ehwald regarding the duties and drill of light troops that he published in 1803.

A Manual for Volunteer Corps of Cavalry 1803

This manuel explains how to manoeuvre a volunteer corps of cavalry.

Instructions for the Drill & Method of Performing the Eighteen Manoeuvres 1804

A companion guide to the British infantry drill book which explains and illustrates the famous "Eighteen Manoeuvres" in greater detail. It is also accompagnied with a set of plates.

A Pratical Guide for the Light Infantry Officer 1806

Written by captain T.H. Cooper in 1806, this drill book gives lots of information for the use of light infantry. It is also accompanied with several plates.

Rules & Regulations for the Manual & Platoon Exercises, Formations & Movements of His Majesty's Forces 1807

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the British infantry as from 1807.

General Regulations & Orders for the Army 1811

This manuel, of great historical importance, brings together several aspects of military service for the entire British army.

Neustes-Reglement fuer die Kaiserlich-Koenigliche Infanterie 1794

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Austrian infantry as from 1794.

Neustes-Reglement fuer die Kaiserlich-Koenigliche Kavallerie 1796

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Austrian cavalry as from 1796.

Dienst-Reglement fuer die Kaiserlich-Koenigliche Infanterie (Volume 1) 1806

Introduced by the Archduke Charles after the Austerlitz campaign, this drill book details the foramtions and manoeuvres of the Austrian infantry as from 1806.

Dienst-Reglement fuer die Kaiserlich-Koenigliche Infanterie (Volume 2) 1806

Introduced by the Archduke Charles after the Austerlitz campaign, this drill book details the foramtions and manoeuvres of the Austrian infantry as from 1806.

Instruccion destinada a las Tropas Ligeras de Infanteria y Caballeria 1804

Military manuel explaining how to make of both horse and foot light troops in Spanish service. Published in 1804 in Madrid by Vicente Sanchez Boado.

Reglemento para el Exercici Y Maniobras de la Infanteria 1808

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Spanish infantry as from 1808.

Reglemento para el Exercici Y Maniobras de la Infanteria 1812

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Spanish infantry as from 1812.

Prontuario en que se han reunido Las Obligaciones de las tres clases de Soldado, Cabo Y Sargento 1808

The military guide which explains the duties of the soldiers, corporals and sergeants of the Spanish infantry.

Voinskii ustav o polevoi Gusarskoi sluzhbe 1797

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Russian cavalry as from 1797.

Voinskii ustav o pekhotnoi sluzhbe 1811

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the Russian infantry as from 1811.

Practical Instructions for Military Officers 1811

This American guide, written by the inspector of the Militia of Massachussetts in 1811, contains instructions of the usage of light troops and the art of "la petite guerre".

A Hand Book for Riflemen 1812

Instructions governing the use and service of riflemen in the American army in 1812.

Rules & Regulations for Drill, Sabre Exercise, Equitation, Formation & Field Movements of the Cavalry 1813

This drill book governs the manoeuvers of the American cavalry as from 1813.

A Hand Book for Infantry 1814

Drill book which covers the formation and manoeuvres of the American infantry as from 1814.


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