Section Organisation
How La Garde Works

Who we are


Sergeant Major


Fourier (Quartermaster) 









Roll Call

The recreated La Garde depicts a section of guns attached to the foot regiments of the Imperial Guard. The unit operates the same way as the original did. In this role we work alongside either guard or line troops using our 4-pdr field gun.
We also operate as a position battery of heavy artillery using our 12-pdr and 6.3inch howitzer. Each company had four officers, two sergeant major, four sergeants, a fourier, eight corporals and 48 gunners, plus two drummers and two sapeurs.

The Memorial of the Officer of Infantry


Number 18.

Decree 9th June 1809. Artillery pieces attached to the infantry .

Title I, Article I.

There shall be attached to each regiment of infantry, line and light, two pieces of artillery, 3 or 4 pounders, three caissons, a field forge, an ambulance caisson, and a caisson to transport the papers of the regiment. These eight waggons always march with the battalion which carries the eagle of the regiment.

 2. There shall be attached to each battalion a caisson to carry the infantry cartridges, a caisson for the bread, which, for the four battalions shall make eight caissons.
Title 2, Article 3. The sixteen vehicles are serviced, harnessed, and conducted by a company of cannoneers of the regiment.

The company of cannoneers of the regiment shall be commanded by a lieutenent, a sous-lieutenent, three sergeants and three corporals, and shall be divided into three squads.
The first squad shall be composed of a sergeant, a corporal, twenty cannoneers and two craftsmen (ouvriers). The corporal has the duty of the conductor and magazine-guard of the artillery. He shall have the keys to the caissons, and shall be especially charged with the conservation of the ammunition.

The second squad shall be made composed of a sergeant, a corporal and twenty soldiers of the train charged with harnessing the eight vehicles which march with the battalion which carries the eagle of the regiment.
The third squad shall be composed as for the second, and is charged with the movement and service
of the other eight vehicles.
The lieutenant shall be in command of the entire body, but especially the artillery; the sous-Iieutenent shall be especially charged with the train. Both of these officers shall be mounted.
Our minister of war shall determine the expenses which shall be awarded to the administration councils to put into effect (this decree), to repair and maintain the vehicles (1).
See Circular 23rd August 1809, number 175.
On campign the soldiers lived in tents, outlined in the following decrees on camps.