regiment des dromadaires
napoleon's egyptian campaign. 1799-1801

A Dromedary patrol


INTRODUCTION

The 20 nivôse de l'an VII (9th January 1799) Bonaparte created le Regiment des Dromadaires, i.e. the Dromedary Regiment. It was formed from picked infantrymen from Light Infantry regiments  so they were not cavalry, but mounted infantry acting as eclaireurs in the army's flanks. Commanded by the Colonel Cavalier (or Cavelier) it was formed by four squadrons at 100 men each. Le Régiment des Dromadaires was short lived and acted under Dessaix's command in the upper Egypt.

UNIFORMS AND FIGURES
Hussard style sky blue dolman and barrel sash with red breeches and hussard boots. They wore a white turban but some pictures show them in shako or bicorne.
I have used a pre-releasing sprue of the HAT 8194 British Camelry set, kindly provided by HAT staff. The helmet wearing heads of the British troopers were swaped with heads from ITALERI 6006 French infantry set which also provided the kneeling firing figure. The cloaks were made from kitchen aluminium foil, primed grey and painted with several layers of grey+white paint and finally highlighted in pure white. The camels were used as provided with only minor adjustments.

See a scheme of the uniforms and my painted figures.

UNIT MODELS
FIGURES
COLOR SCHEME PICTURES
French Dromedary Regiment HAT 8194
ITALERI 6006



BIBLIOGRAPHY
Napoleon Series Archives 2003

 

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