Portugese Legion.The Legion was created by direct order of Napoleon from the 12 November 1807. It started to be organized in February, 1808, with the best units of the disbanded Portuguese Army, including the elite Legion of Light Troops. It left to Salamanca in April 1808, crossing Spain until arriving in France. During the crossing of Spain, many legionnaires defected, returning to Portugal and joining the Portuguese resistance against the French occupation.
Portugese Legion. At the service of Napoleon, the Portuguese Legion fought in the campaigns of Germany, Austria and Russia, suffering heavy casualties. It was present in the battles of Wagram, Smolensk, Vitebsk and Borodino (Moscow). Being highly regarded by Napoleon, the troops of the Legion were referred by him as the "Black Infantry". The Legion was disbanded at 5 May 1814, with only about 1000 of its soldiers surviving and returning to Portugal.
Portugese Legion. The Portuguese Legion (French Légion portugaise and Portuguese Legião Portuguesa) was the 9 000 men strong Portuguese military force integrated in the Napoleon's Imperial Armies, mobilized after the occupation of Portugal by the army of General Junot, in 1807.
Portugese Legion. The Portuguese Legion was organized as a division, originally including: Five regiments of light infantry; A battalion of chasseurs à pied; Three regiments of chasseurs à cheval; A battery of artillery; An infantry depot battailon;A cavalry depot squadron.