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The all-green uniforms were very simple when compared with the previous design of sky-blue with silver embroidery. Note the silver turn-back device of a bee, a Bonapartist symbol retained by Napoleon from the days of his former dignity. The sabres were not covered by the regulations; neither is anything said about the saddle or saddlecloth, although mounted duties were an important part of the orderly officer's service. A 1: Regulation full dress, mounted A2: Full dress, unmounted, summer The loose white cotton trousers were non-regulation, but a normal concession in the hot Mediterranean climate.

At about Barn Napoleon had breakfast with Bertrand, Soult, Duke Maret, Cen Drouot, and his younger brother Jerome Bonaparte (the former King of Westphalia, and now commanding a division in Gen Reille's 11 Corps). The Emperor made a confident prediction of victory; and after the table was cleared maps were spread on it and the situation was evaluated, as continuous reports came in from officers and patrols. Then he ordered 'a well-done shoulder of mutton' for his dinner and, at some time after 9am, he mounted his mare La Marie and rode forward, accompanied by Marshal Soult, Gen Bertrand, Cen Fouler and the rest of his suite.

In other words, Ney at least pretended to be confused over whether Soult meant that the attack should be opened by the left wing ofI Corps, or the left wing of the whole army. Reille did not share this confusion; but there would be a number of others more damaging during the course of the day. Mter the battle, Gen Flahaut wrote that few of the orders written by Marshal Soult carried the time that the order was sent. (This was a major shortcoming, which would have been unthinkable in Berthier's time: he always added the name of the officer who carried the message, the hour and place where it was written and sent.

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