I am correcting a google translation from Italian. The capitalization is not consistent. If there is a published set of guidelines I would love to see them. These will illustrate my problem.
- Is Empire and Emperor always capitalized?
- In a unit title like: Chasseurs a cheval de la Garde Imperial is cheval or pied capitalized? I have seen them both ways. Is it because some were in a caption?
- If an officer is general of division is anything capitalize?
- What about colonel of the 6th hussars? C&H, general de brigade G&B
Or is there just a general rule of thumb for this.
I appreciate your suggestions. Thank you.
Loïc, what des your tableau show ? A table of (parts of) units which retreat - from where and why ? And what do the abbreviations in the first column mean ?
5. Ae. and so on up to 36 Re. ?
The rest seems clear: unit, number of men, and destination.
If you are intending to publish your translation in the US, absolutely follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Publishers require this, with no exceptions. If you intend to self-publish, I'd still recommend the CMS.
one thing are the "rules" and an other the reality of the practices and usages, the French of course tend also to capitalise the names of the military units in their printed or handwritten documents, despite you could find many people, often not at all interested in History or less in military History not having seen military papers or archives of their life and ignoring traditional military usages, to explain that is not really correct...
-The Germans of course go the other way and capitalise every noun.
English has gone for a compromise - or so I was taught - in that only proper nouns, including titles are capitalised.
So, it is a colonel of 6th Hussars
A charge by five hussar regiments
Report to Colonel Smith of 6th Hussars.
This does leave you writing about “a certain general”, so although it is technically wrong, I prefer to use “a certain General”.
The French tend not to capitalize. Here are some rules:
In English, perhaps the "Chicago Manual of Style" will provide some guidelines