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Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic is very big in Europe, but still in its infancy in the United States. But... saying that, NapWar has the potential to be as big as U.S. Civil War reenacting. It has everything you could want in a reenactment... ;-)

The Napoleonic Wars were a series of conflicts involving Napoleon's French Empire and changing sets of European allies and opposing coalitions that ran from 1803 to 1815. As a continuation of the wars sparked by the French Revolution of 1789, they revolutionized European armies and played out on an unprecedented scale, mainly due to the application of modern mass conscription. French power rose quickly, conquering most of Europe, but collapsed rapidly after France's disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812. Napoleon's empire ultimately suffered complete military defeat resulting in the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in France. The wars resulted in the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. Meanwhile the Spanish Empire began to unravel as French occupation of Spain weakened Spain's hold over its colonies, providing an opening for nationalist revolutions in Latin America. As a direct result of the Napoleonic wars the British Empire became the foremost world power for the next century.


No consensus exists as to when the French Revolutionary Wars ended and the Napoleonic Wars began. Possible dates include 9 November 1799, when Bonaparte seized power in France with the coup of 18 Brumaire; 18 May 1803, when a renewed declaration of war between Britain and France ended the only period of peace in Europe between 1792 and 1814; and 2 December 1804, when Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor.

The Napoleonic Wars ended following Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815 and the Second Treaty of Paris.

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Re-enactment Club "Preobrazhensky Life Guard Regiment" was raised in December 1987 in Leningrad (now Saint-Petersburg, Russia). They were several enthusiasts, who decided to learn history not just theoretically but "in practice". Their goal was to re-create uniforms, equipment and weapons of Russian Imperial Guards in the campaign of 1812.

Today our Group represents Grenadier platoon of 1st Grenadier Company of Preobrazhensky Life Guard Regiment. We re-create every kind of uniforms of the Regiment - from full dress to undress, re-create bivouac stuff and everyday life of Russian soldiers of early XIX c., re-enact platoon tactics according to Regulation 1811. Since 1988, members of the Group participated in annual military-historical events at Borodino and in various reenactments, parades and performances in different places across Russia and Europe - those connected to the history of Napoleonic wars.

The Group unites people of different ages and occupations and has up to 20 equipped participants including 3 NCOs, ensign, drummer and private grenadiers. We are located in St.Petersburg, Russia and some our members live in Moscow.

A Non-Profit Historical and Educational Organization dedicated to the authentic portrayal of one of the most famous Scottish Highland Regiments in the 19th Century British Army.
If not for the Highland Regiments much of what we now call Scottish Traditions might have been lost forever.

Primary emphasis is on the 1812/Napoleonic era, extending into the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny of the 1850s. Participation at many events nationally includes the annual Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette National Historic Park, where a Wreath is laid and the names of the 93rd who fell at New Orleans are read aloud during a Memorial Ceremony begun by the 93rd SHROFLHU in 1989.

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