Battle of Waterloo: Carabiniers Breast Plate

A booklet which was once inside a pocket of the padding but has since been lost, bore the name of François Antoine Fauveau aged 23.
We know his profession was dairyman and was serving with the 2nd Rifle Regiment of the French army in May 1815.

According to his family this was not François but was his brother who stood in for him and died at Waterloo after being hit by a British cannon ball.
(Photo Musée de L’Armée).

Author: Alan Malcher

Military historian and defence commentator

One thought on “Battle of Waterloo: Carabiniers Breast Plate”

  1. A sobering image of the cost of combat in the Napoleonic era.
    Personal note: I myself happen to have been born on 18 June, 1955, the 145th anniversary of Waterloo.


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