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Napoleon's Tomb - Les Invalides, Paris: 64 reviews and 135 photos
You will not be surprised that a large part of the Modern Department 1648 - 1870 (ref. my tip Modern department 1648 - 1870) is about Napoleon Bonaparte and his army in the campaigns of the First French Empire against Austria, Germany, Great-Britain, Prussia, Russia, Spain, etc.
Uniforms, weapons, horse harnesses, emblems are exhibited as well as the personal belongings of Napoleon and his marshals and generals. There are also historical paintings of battle scenes and portraits (photo 1).
Remarkable are the objects belonging to Napoleon when he was on campaign (photo 2).
I got struck by two objects:
- The uniform which belonged to a "Grenadier de la Garde Impériale" called Simplet (photo 4).
It's a funny name for a member of the élite Imperial Grenadiers à Pied 1st Regiment as in French "simplet" means simple-minded. I don't think that grenadier Simplet was simple-minded. To be admitted as a Grenadier one needed a high moral and military reputation and to measure at least 1,76 m.
- The white horse of Napoleon. The stuffed horse shown at the museum (photo 3) is more beige than white but I was very pleased to see that famous white horse from Napoleon.
When I was a kid teachers at primary school used to ask their pupils:" quelle était la couleur du cheval blanc de Napoléon" . It seems that the question "what is the colour of Napoleon's white horse" is still in usage in a number of schools!
Address: Invalides, Musée de l'Armée.
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