Of noble decent, Antoine-Louis Decrest de Saint-Germain was born in Paris on 8 December 1761. In 1778, he joined the gendarmerie de Lunéville, but was expelled in 1784 for indiscipline – at which point he transferred to the Légion étrangère de Waldemer.
Here we see him represented here in 28mm as commander of 1re division de cuirassiers de la Grande Armée, a position he had gained in 1811. To his flanks are an Imperial Orderly and a senior officer of the Horse Artillery.
His final field command was in 1814 during which year was part of Grouchy action that caught Blucher’s rearguard at Vauchamp. He then moved to MacDonald’s command, under whom he distinguished himself at an action at the bridges of Barse against Prince Schwarzenberg.
At the restoration in 1814, Saint-Germain was made chevalier de Saint-Louis and inspecteur-général de cavalerie and then inspecteur-général de cavalerie of 15e et 16e divisions militaires in 1818. He retired in 1826 and survived until 4 Oct 1835. The name, Saint-Germaine, is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe.