137 Voltigeurs Line Infantry, 1st Empire
This set of kneeling firing Voltigeurs complements Set No. 136, and are uniformed and equipped the same.
Each of these regiments could put two battalions in the field, with each battalion composed of six companies - one of grenadiers, one of voltigeurs and four of fusiliers.
When advancing into battle the battalion often employed a column formation, but depending on the situation could also advance in square or in line. The function of the voltigeurs was to process the battalion and to form a screen of skirmishers to harass the enemy. The men in this set are depicted in the uniform as prescribed in the new dress regulations of January, 1812.