The French Intervention in Mexico range is a unique new range of 20mm metal Jacklex figures. There are 25 foot and seven mounted figures, as well as artillery and equipment available. More figures will be added later this year. For the full list of figures in the French Intervention in Mexico range please see the 'Product List' section at the top of the front page.
The Second French Intervention in Mexico, 8 December 1861 - 21 June 1867
The second French invasion of Mexico
(the first was 1838-39) was launched in late 1861 by the Second French
Empire (1852-1870). It was initially supported by Great Britain and Spain.
The intervention was a consequence of Mexican President Benito Juarez’s
imposition of a moratorium of loan interest payments to French, Spanish
and British creditors.
To extend the influence of
Imperial France, Napoleon III intervened in Mexico claiming it was a
commitment to free trade. The establishment of a friendly monarchy in Mexico
would ensure European access to Latin American markets, and French access
to Mexican silver.
Spanish troops arrived in
December 1861, French and British fleets in January 1862 and a French army
(7,000) in March 1862 commanded by General Count Charles de Lorencez, a
veteran of the Crimean War. By April, the British and Spanish, suspicious
of French intentions, had withdrawn their forces. The United States was
too occupied to enforce the Munroe Doctrine.
The subsequent French invasion
created the Second Mexican Empire (1861-1867), a client state of the
French Empire under Maximilian I (younger brother of Emperor Franz-Joseph
of Austria and married to Princess Charlotte, a Belgian). He acceded to
the throne in 1864.
The reinforced French Army (38,000)
supported by Mexican Empire (20,000) Austrian (7,000), Belgian (1,400) and
Egyptian (500) forces under General Elie Forey (later Marshal Achille Bazaine)
captured Mexico City in June 1863. Subsequently there was a guerrilla
campaign which ended in the withdrawal of the French in March 1867, the execution
of Emperor Maximillian I on 19 June 1867 and the restoration of the Mexican
For more information on the war take a look at:
Andy Callan's new old school 'Atlixco to Alvarez' wargame rules coming soon!
Tim Peterson's excellent 'The Mexican Adventure or The Phantom Crown' (www.grisby.info) site. Loads of great information for wargamers and military history buffs.
Tim Tilson's well written and informative 'Colonial Campaigns, Maximilian in Mexico' booklet is a great starting point for the wargamer. It features 10 scenarios from the war which was designed for 'The Sword and The Flame' rule set but the author says that it can be easily adapted to any rule set. See www.skirmishcampaigns.com.
Michel Provost's lovely uniform paintings feature on this site alongside some of the products. Michel is a Belgian author, historian, painter and illustrator. Take a look at Michel's blog at www.provostmichel.blogspot.com.
This product is sold in two unpainted metal parts, rider and horse.Additional Images.1. Colonel Porfirio Diaz, 1861. 2-3. Paintings of the battles of Miahuatlán and La Carbonera.4. The whole French Intervention in Mexico Republican and Imperial Armies range.GENERAL DIAZ WINS TWO ..