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Brummie Lad11 May 2007 4:06 a.m. PST

Hello! I am a very confused person at the moment. I'm in the process of painting some beautiful AB Napoleonic British figures, but am in somewhat of a quandry! Some sources show British light infantry flank companies with a brass plate on the shako, whereas others show the 'bugle horn'(?) Which is correct???

Bangorstu11 May 2007 4:37 a.m. PST

Could be wrong here but…

Light Infantry companies of a normal line battalion have the brass plate on the front.

Those from Light Infantry battalions will have the bugle.

Hope that helps!

Captain Clegg11 May 2007 4:51 a.m. PST

You are correct. the regiments designated as light infantry (for instance, 43rd, 52nd, 95th and 60th) had the shako with the bugle on (the standard light infantry symbol) whereas the light companies of the regular line battalions wore a shako with the regimental plate on the front.

pmacko11 May 2007 4:52 a.m. PST

I believe that Bangorstu is correct. I just had the same confusion and that is the answer I also came up with. I was painting companies from the Light Division but also have some light companies from a 'normak' battallion.

UpperCanada11 May 2007 7:08 a.m. PST

I think there are a few references to some of the light companies in line regiments…certainly the officers…having the buglehorn instead of the regular shako plate.

Not many, but a few. I'll see if I can find a few.


Brad Jones05 Jun 2007 10:14 a.m. PST

The light companies of line regiments would have the bugle horn instead of the regular plate. The tufts of the shako would also be green. I know that the official regulations called for this and more specifically, the 23rd Reg't, Royal Welch Fusiliers, had their light infantry wear the bugle horn plate and brass 23 on the shako.

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42flanker05 Jul 2021 11:25 p.m. PST

Those caps might be a _little_ on the large side.

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Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2021 3:22 a.m. PST

@ 42flanker

You're not wrong. The height of a Belgic cap from the peak to the top of the false front was about the same as the height from the wearer's chin to the peak.

dibble07 Jul 2021 8:25 p.m. PST

The 95th may not have worn their bugle badge whilst in the field. The same goes for Militia and Volunteer, Green-clad Light Infantry units who, though they have been contemporarily depicted, are badgeless.

Tango0107 Jul 2021 9:40 p.m. PST



Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2021 1:44 a.m. PST

The 95th may well have worn the "Belgic" cap/shako by 1815 as well. Makes me weep to think of it, but…..

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