Brigadier Gerard

Brigadier Etienne Gerard was a heroic hussar in Napoleon’s army. Boastful yet brave, stupid yet resourceful, gullible yet charming, he somehow survives being sent on any number of dangerous missions. "Every episode is heightened by a humour that ranges from satire to burlesque."

Gerard Facts


Gerard is a fictional character - but his adventures are based on the memoirs or biographies of over twenty real soldiers, most especially those of Baron Jean-Baptiste-Antoine-Marcelin de Marbot.


Value of francs left to Colonel Marbot in Napoleon’s will. Marbot rose to become aide-de-camp to Napoleon and later one of his junior generals.


Brigadier Gerard was Dame Jean Conan Doyle’s preferred Arthur Conan Doyle character. She claimed that her father also favoured Gerard over Holmes.

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To date, Arthur Conan Doyle's characters have been translated onto the page, into products and onto the screen by Hollywood and beyond. Here are just a few of the interpretations of this original Arthur Conan Doyle character over the years. Work with us to create the next version of this fascinating character.

Lewis Waller

Theatre Play (1906)

Rod La Rocque

The Fighting Eagle (1927)

Peter McEnery

The Adventures of Gerard, Sir Nigel Films (1970)

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