The Old Guard (French Vieille Garde) were the elite veteran elements of the Emperor Napoleon's Imperial Guard. As such it was the most prestigious formation in Napoleon's Grande Armée. French soldiers often referred to Napoleon's Imperial Guard as "the Immortals." The Old Guard was formed of veteran soldiers who had served Napoleon since his earliest campaigns.
Rare skeleton of unknown 'British' soldier found Waterloo Battlefield
The bones of the young trooper, who is likely to be from one of the Duke of Wellington’s regiments, were found buried 15in below thick mud in the Belgian battlefield.
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