132 Officer 3rd Chevau-Légers Lancers, 1st Empire
Uniformed as for the men except his helmet turban is leopard skin. The horse schabraque is piped with the regimental pink, and gold lace, with a leopard skin covering both pommel and seat.
At the Battle of Waterloo, the 3rd Chevau-Legers Lancers commanded by Colonel Martigue, and attached to the 1st Corps of the ‘Grande Armee’ advanced on the right flank of Napoleon’s assault on Wellington’s centre.
As the French infantry were being routed by the Union Brigade (British heavy cavalry) Colonel Martigue on his own initiative wheeled his regiment to strike the British cavalry on their flank, riding down the Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys) and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, and killing General Ponsonby, the Union Brigade’s commander. They inflicted so many casualties upon the Brigade that upon reforming it could only muster the strength of one squadron.