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Elite Gendarmes of the Imperial Guard

Discussion in 'Figure News' started by Art.I.G, Mar 18, 2015.

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    Gendarmerie d'élite de la Garde impériale was a gendarmerie unit formed by Napoleon as part of the Consular Guard which became the Imperial Guard in 1804.
    In time of peace, their role was to protect official residences and palaces and to provide security to important political figures. In time of war, their role was to protect the Imperial headquarters, to escort prisoners and occasionally to enforce the law and limit civil disorder in conquered cities.
    The Gendarmes d'élite were nicknamed "The Immortals" because, as a military police, they were less engaged in combat than other units and had less personnel killed in action. However, when committed into combat they fought bravely and earned several battle honours.
    In theory, the qualifications to enter this unit included being at least 1.76 meters tall (5'9"), a veteran of 4 campaigns, being between the ages of 25 and 40, and the ability to read and write. They were said to be highly disciplined and ruthless men.


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