I Love a Man in Uniform

militaryLook at these guys and their hats, which signify that they belong to the elite of the elite of militaries in France. I was so impressed that they wore them with such pride and dignity. And, I must admit, I do wonder if there is a place where I might be able to get my hands on one myself.

uniformXavier filled me in a bit on these special dudes. They are all trained at the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM, literally the “Special Military School of St Cyr”), which is the foremost French military academy established in 1803 by Napoleon Bonaparte. In other words, they are the bomb.military.fr. 

So, apparently the way they appeared in the streets was a version of their casual selves. Here is what they look like in their full get-up. Spectacular. Full-on, with curtain tassels.

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  1. Comment by Paula de la Feuilliez Ryan | 05/14/11 at 5:11 pm

    I am looking to find any information on my great great grandfather Rene Paul Adolphe Charles
    de Baliguand de la Feuilliez,( de la Feuilliez was a title bestowed on him by Nepolean)
    I know he attended Saint Cyr military academy before he moved to Montreal Canada.
    I am just guessing at the dates he would have been there, possibly early 1840′s because
    when he moved to Canada he remarried in 1882 .
    All I know about him is he lived in Lyon, he was a Count and came from a wealthy, privileged family
    de Baliguand being the family name.
    Any help would be much appreciated.

  2. Comment by Lois Valentin | 07/12/11 at 10:53 pm

    Paula,
    I have been helping Carol with her research . Maybe you and I can work together to compare notes . You seem to be looking in his early years. I have been trying to find him in his late years.

    Lois

  3. Comment by Paula | 05/14/12 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Lois

    I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply, I should always write down the links I have been on and the
    reasons why.
    Today I thought I would try again to see if the family name of de Baligaund would come up in the Lyon White Pages. Always hoping there are still some relatives still living in France.
    When I tried the name de la Feuilliez this link came up.
    I never expected to see a reply.
    The info I have is the same as Carol’s, so I wouldn’t be any help.
    Did carol tell you how I found my half sister after searching for ten years ?
    If you would like, you can email me, and compare notes.
    Again, am so happy that you responded.
    Paula

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