Army of Duchy of Warsaw
Du Duché De Varsovie
Armee des Herzogtums Warschau
The following pages are dedicated to Polish Army
of Napoleonic Era and its uniforms.
Jan V. Chelminski and A.Malibran published a
lavishly illustrated two-volumes set in 1913 which
was limited to 1000 copies. Most recently this book
has been reproduced first time
A.Malibran wrote a history of this army. Jan V.
Chelminski painted 48 colour-plates of which 32
will be published in (thumbnail)-galleries here. I
choose plates I assume most interesting, leaving
out schools, medical service or well known uniforms
as 1. Lancer Regiment of French Guard.
Each picture can be enlarged .
I think these pictures are not only of a certain
quality and beauty, but in fact the only existing
copy of a probably lost eyewitness source.
According to reference in avant-propos there was a
polish officer, named Roman Rupniecki, who painted
in 1810 a set of aquarelles. These paintings have
been used for the plates.
For those interested in Army of Duchy of Warsaw
I recommend the really great folio books of Ryszard
Morawski and Henryk Wielecki on Cavalry and on General staff, Artillery, Lancers and - most recently - Infantry of the Duchy published by Bellona. They
should be still - at least - available from ebay or
Though of polish language
desciptions of really gorgeous colour plates are
bi- or even trilingual and there is a summary of
other text in french and english.