1793. Four years after the Revolution, France remains in anarchy. The internal and external enemies of the new Republic are numerous, and closer than many realise.
Captain André Jobert, a veteran cavalry officer, joins a newly raised regiment, the 24th Chasseurs à Cheval. As an ex-sergeant, Jobert is a tough, battle-smart combat leader with a penchant for cunning deception and a keen sense for any opportunity to make a little extra cash. Jobert will cut, parry and shoot his way through any obstacle that would stop his young chasseurs from achieving their mission.
Will Jobert's inexperienced company of horse soldiers be ready to do their duty at the pivotal siege of Toulon?
1794. Revolutionary France’s ‘Terror’ enters its second year. The only way the fledgling Republic can feed her massive armies is to invade neighbouring lands.
Veteran cavalry officer Captain André Jobert leads 2nd Company of the 24th Chasseurs à Cheval to join a French infantry division campaigning in the steep and barren passes of the Maritime Alps on the Mediterranean coast.
Join Jobert's company as they lead the French army into a foreign land for the first time against the battle-hardened forces of the massive Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the lurking threat of the British Navy.
1796. Desperate for gold and grain, France focuses on the elimination of Austria as an enemy. Twenty-seven-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte joins a ragged army on a ravaged shore to create a diversion to support the main effort against Vienna.
Promised ‘honour, glory and riches’ by his fifth commander in two years, veteran André Jobert leads his light horsemen, hardened by relentless combat and bitter from endless privations, against the determined and disciplined ranks of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire onto the battlefields of Lodi, Castiglione, Arcole and Rivoli.
1798. Having defeated Austria, France now turns her attention to victory over Britain. While Britain’s Admiral Nelson has France’s General Bonaparte trapped in Egypt, the Empires of Austria and Russia strike back.
Lieutenant Colonel André Jobert must raise a regiment of Italian cavalry. The new Cisalpine Chasseurs à Cheval consists of idealists awake to the novel idea of the Italian peoples united and Austrian veterans resentful of their defeat by France.
As the avalanche of disciplined legions from Austria and Russia grind across Lombardy, Jobert struggles against divided allegiances to face the threat. Will Jobert’s Italian horsemen stand firm against a triumphant enemy at the critical battle of Marengo?
1801. The battlefield victory at Marengo confirms Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to the First Consul of France. With peace forced upon Austria, Bonaparte now prepares to defeat France’s ancient enemy, Britain.
Eight years of endless combat has depleted France of horses. Lieutenant Colonel André Jobert is sent to negotiate with the Ottoman Turks for their internationally prized warhorses. In a high-stakes contest on the Black Sea steppes, Jobert is trapped in a foreign land in the midst of four brutal and implacable enemies.