Napoleon’s Immortals: The Imperial Guard and Its Battles, 1804-1815/Andrew Uffindell. Spellmount. Hardcover. First edition 2007. Out of print. Condition: As new. ISBN 1862273766
Using archive material supported by contemporary paintings and drawings, together with maps, diagrams and photographs of the battlefields today, this book reassesses the importance of this great fighting force. It argues that, as well as its military role, for which it earned a reputation for loyalty, courage and battlefield effectiveness, it was also essential to Napoleon politically, as a pillar of his regime, a means of integrating his Empire and a tool of patronage.