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Napoleon's Armies Military Uniforms Reference Collection

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A Matomaton military uniforms reference collection for wargamers.

Fifty images of Napoleon's Armies from 1800 to 1814.

This PDF collection contains reproductions of paintings by the great French military artist Hippolyte Bellange. The high resolution scans have been ordered chronologically and assembled into PDFs.


This collection contains images of the generals, officers, cavalry and soldiery of the Napoleonic armies of the early C19th.

The two PDF collection contains the following pages:

-- Two pages for the cover and legalese in each PDF.

-- Twenty-seven and twenty-three images respectively, one per page. Each page is complete, including the original text below the reference image (no English translation included).

Each PDF is provided in a smaller, low resolution version and a high resolution version.

Also Available

A number of Military Uniforms Reference Collections featuring the work of Richard Knotel from the same period are also available as well as National & Period Dress Collections.

About Hippolyte Bellange

Born in 1800, the French painter and printmaker Joseph Louis Hippolyte Bellange was heavily influenced by the Napoleonic Wars of his youth and went on to garner recognition as a military artist.   His work featured almost exclusively the great men and battles of the period or illustrated the uniforms of the era of the first Napoleon.

About Matomaton

I've long been fascinated by military history and the development of military uniforms through the years.   Having had high quality scans of many illustrations for some time, I thought that other people might share my interest, particularly other wargamers looking for reference material when painting miniatures.

If you would prefer these images to be organised in a different manner (by troop type, period, etc) please let me know and I'll try to get an appropriate PDF up on the site.


These PDF files may not be resold or redistributed.   If you are interested in using copies of the individual plates for use in commercial projects, please contact me via my website.

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File Last Updated:
April 15, 2018
This title was added to our catalog on April 18, 2018.