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French 5th Hussars NCO, 10-20 Years Service, France's Grande Armee--single mounted figure

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First Legion, Ltd.

Item Number: NAP0682

French 5th Hussars NCO, 10-20 Years Service,  France's Grande Armee

The French 5th Hussars was originally formed (under various different names, including as part of Lauzun’s Legion) during the Ancien Regime, but was finally given the title of 5th Hussars in 1793.  It fought in many battles of the Napoleonic wars with great distinction, receiving battle honours for Jena, Eckmuhl, Borodino, and Hanau.  Marshall Ney also began his distinguished military career with the 5th Hussars in 1787.  Hussars, of course, had a reputation for being the dashing, if unruly, adventurers of the army.  The traditional image of the hussar is of a reckless, hard-drinking, moustachioed swashbuckler.  General Lasalle, an archetypal hussar officer, once remarked that, "Any hussar who is not dead by the age of thirty is a blackguard."

We love the uniforms of the 5th hussars and plan  more French Hussar regiments for release in the future.   We hope you like this release as much as we do. 

Released in APRIL 2022.