Napoleon's Imperial Guard: Uniforms and Equipment: The Infantry. Paul L Dawson. Frontline Books, Yorkshire-Philadelphia, 2019 According to the author this book "aims to describe briefly the histories of the various infantry formations of the Imperial Guard and to provide a detailed breakdown of the uniforms of these regiments." It fails to do so on both counts, but like the curate's egg it has its redeeming factors, primarily the abundant colour photographs of original uniforms, headdress and items of equipment. together Commencing with an incomplete glossary that describes the main items of clothing, together wth with colour photographs of several items, it then delves into a disjointed 'history' of the guard that concludes in 1804. This is followed a chapter on 'the organisation and operation of an infantry regiment', which dwells primarily on barrack life and administration, and a brief chapter on clothing and equipment that largely discusses the cloth used in making uniforms. The bulk of the book is devoted to a chapter each on the units of the Imperial Guard infantry, commencing with the staff, then the various grenadier units, the various chasseur regiments, rounding out with the ancillary services, the marines, and the Engineers, Administrative units and the Veterans. Sadly, they lack a common structure, presenting a disjointed narrative that flits from one subject to another. Nor does it present a comprehensive or detailed discussion of each of Guard infantry uniforms. Each chapter largely consists of tables of clothing and equipment held at a particular time, or lists of clothing purchased by the regiment committee during various periods, including the lengths of cloth, numbers of buttons, buckles, waist belts, etc and their cost. One wonders why the reader needs to have these repetitive lists and tables, but they make for a very unsatisfactory read. From them the author surmises on the use of certain items as part of the unit's uniform, but we never get a complete description of what each uniform comprised. Many of the chapters are illustrated wth contemporary prints exhibiting the uniforms worn, together with colour photographs of original items of uniforms, headdress and weapons and equipment, principally held in museums, and it from these the reader is able to gain an impression of what a unit's uniform looked like. Others, however, are devoid of any illustrations whatsoever, and one is left largely in the dark about what was worn. Overall, it is a disappointing effort, more so because Frontline Press has delivered it in a handsome format on high quality shiny paper with abundant colour illustrations, which are the one redeeming factor of the book. While it may satisfy those wishing to delve into certain minutiae, the lay reader and the figure painter will be frustrated with it.