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Lentulus Inactive Member29 Jul 2011 11:47 a.m. PST

I used to know this -- I think the book has fallen behind a bookcase frown

What were the paper squadron strengths of the different armies or at least Prussian and French? From this I can fudge out what I need.


Lentulus Inactive Member29 Jul 2011 5:54 p.m. PST

OK Partial answer from The Army of the North German Confederation

"The strength of a Cavalry Regiment of five Squadrons, including the Staff-the colonel, I second field officer, and I aide-decamp (adjutant)--is 25 officers and 697 men, with 672 troop horses, exclusive of the officers' chargers."

Since the 5th squadron is reserve I presume this is roughly 135 per squadron. Anyone have a more precise number?

Still looking for French data.

And a link to the book:

Buckeye AKA Darryl29 Jul 2011 6:05 p.m. PST

Prussia – four field squadrons and one depot squadron – 150 men and 5 officers

Bavaria – four field squadrons and one depot squadron – 145 men each

Wurttemberg – four field squadrons and one depot squadron – 150 men each

Baden – not sure

France – four field squadrons and one depot squadron – 125 men each (at the beginning of the war regiments were probably around 400 men)

Saxony and Hesse – as Prussia I believe

Source – Sapherson, Armies of 1870

Lentulus Inactive Member30 Jul 2011 7:34 a.m. PST

Buckeye AKA Darryl, thanks! That is just the information I needed.

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