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ciaphas23 Nov 2011 5:08 p.m. PST

hi, I know that there was a contingent of the Black Brunswickers fighting in the Peninsula, however i am strugling to find out who, i can find reference to the Oels in th e 7th division but where were the rest, i also know some Oels were used as skirmishers in other divisions.



Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 5:19 p.m. PST

That's basically it. Off the top of my head, 9 companies of the Brunswick Oels-Jagers served in the 7th Division and 3 companies were attached to brigades in other divisions as skirmishers (1 company to a brigade in the 4th Division and 2 companies to two brigades in the 5th Division).

OK, I cheated and quickly checked Muir's OOB for Salamanca to get the actual brigade assignments.

Be careful about the "Black Brunswickers." Sources put some of the companies in grey uniforms.


Glengarry 223 Nov 2011 7:22 p.m. PST

Also, the Black Brunswick hussars served in the campaigns on the eastern coast of Spain. As far as i know no brunswickers wore grey in Spain, although the sharpshooters wore green.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2011 4:19 a.m. PST


Thanks for the correction. I was trying to go from memory for the second color.


Femeng224 Nov 2011 4:24 a.m. PST

England had in its pay a single two-battalion regiment of Brunswick troops. They fought in the Penninsula in the 7th Division. Each battalion consisted of six coys. One was a light company armed with the Baker. These were stripped out and used as the 5/60th was. Also another light company was formed (I assume out the flankers in each line company), and added to the those skirmishing elsewhere. The remaining understrength battalions were combined and placed into the 7th Division.

The 'grey' uniforms wre probably faded black.

Edwulf24 Nov 2011 7:39 a.m. PST

The green guys were the jäger companies attached to orther units. The black jackets were musket armed and in the 7th division. They basically look like the lieb guard infantry in 1815. They had 7 black companies and if I remember rightly 3 or 4 green companies.

ciaphas24 Nov 2011 8:55 a.m. PST

thanks guys, i had thought that there was maore than just the hussars out east.


1234567824 Nov 2011 10:56 a.m. PST

Brunswicker's what in the Peninsula?

Hagar the Horrible25 Nov 2011 2:37 a.m. PST

There is a osprey book on them which gives a limited history of the Brunswikers time there.

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