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Republican and Imperial Armies - Regular Infantry advancing

  • Product Code: FM3
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This product is sold as a single unpainted figure.

Additional Images.

1. Illustration by Michel Provost. From left to right. National Guard of the State of Michoacan, Morelia Battalion 1863. National Guard Infantryman in regulation uniform of 1853, amended in 1856. National Guard undress. 1856 regulations specified the use of a white canvas uniform. This uniform was most common in the Republican Army.

2. The whole French Intervention in Mexico Republican and Imperial Armies range.


  • The early years of the war against the Republican rebels under Juarez was prosecuted by the French Imperial Army of Napoleon III. The Miramar Convention signed by the French and Maximilian stipulated that French troops would remain in Mexico for three years with the Legion staying for six years. France was also called upon to subsidise the Mexican Imperial Army which was formed in 1863. This army consisted of regular, auxiliary and rural militia.
  • In October of 1863 the Imperial Army was comprised of six battalions of infantry, six squadrons of cavalry, one scout squadron and one artillery company; a total of 7,000 men. In the auxiliary forces were ten infantry battalions, twelve cavalry squadrons, a battery of field artillery, section of mountain howitzers and numerous smaller units; a total of approximately 5,000 men. By mid-1864 the Army had grown to 19,437 men.
  • By 1865 Emperor Maximilian reorganised his army to consist of 12 line and two light infantry battalions, six cavalry regiments, 12 companies of presidial cavalry; six field, four horse and four mountain batteries. A new general staff was also created. Total numbers on paper were approximately 25,000 but units in the field were often up-to 50% under strength.


Source. ‘The Mexican Adventure, The Phantom Crown’ web site run by Tim Peterson. A fantastic source of invaluable information relating to the war. It is particularly useful for wargamers as it included flag patterns, figure manufacturers and uniform details. The text above is taken from the Crisp Pages.