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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 10:34 a.m. PST

……in Napoleonic Era?


The question aims to mention only one (the best of all) considering what you have read about them and also if they are coincident in your wargames with extra points …

You may consider a tie in two of them … but no more please.

My case:


Infantry: French (The Guard)

Artillery: French Not only the Guard

Cavalry: Polish Lancers


Let's see your vote…

Amicalement
Armand

4th Cuirassier04 Nov 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

Can we split infantry into light and line?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 12:10 p.m. PST

Why not?… (smile)


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Armand

Lambert Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 12:16 p.m. PST

Infantry: British
Artillery: Russian
Cavalry: French

trailape04 Nov 2017 2:27 p.m. PST

I'll grab some popcorn,…

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

Infantry: Davout's 3rd corps
Artillery: Russian
Cavalry: cossacks probably killed and captured more enemies then any other cavalry of the period. They just did it of the battlefield.

wrgmr104 Nov 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

Pass the popcorn trailape!

Infantry: Kings German Legion
Artillery: Russian
Cavalry: French Cuirassiers

evilgong04 Nov 2017 3:36 p.m. PST

Infantry: Chinese tiger-men
Artillery: Persian Guard Zamburak camel-guns
Cavalry: Baloochi raiders, two men per camel – front man with bow or matchlock, second man facing the rear armed with long sword or lance.


David F Brown

nsolomon9904 Nov 2017 5:05 p.m. PST

Best of all? For the entire period? ("Best" defined as most effective on any given battlefield?)

Easy

Infantry: The Old Guard Regiments of the French Imperial Guard
Artillery: The Horse Artillery of the French Imperial Guard
Cavalry: The Horse Grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 5:13 p.m. PST

popcorn

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 7:15 p.m. PST

Has to be Spanish – all 3 categories!!!

Edwulf04 Nov 2017 7:15 p.m. PST

Infantry: Pictons 3rd Division 1809-14
Artillery: French guard artillery.
Cavalry: Austrian hussars/French cuirassiers.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 12:52 a.m. PST

Infantry: Light Division 1809-1814
Artillery: Imperial Guard
Cavalry: KGL

Supercilius Maximus In the TMP Dawghouse05 Nov 2017 1:45 a.m. PST

Has to be Spanish all 3 categories!!!

Neapolitans run them close though.

Supercilius Maximus In the TMP Dawghouse05 Nov 2017 1:48 a.m. PST

More seriously, how do we define a unit? Is it an entire arm (eg Infantry of the Imperial Guard), a larger formation (eg Davout's corps, or the Light Division), or a single regiment/battalion?

smltptac05 Nov 2017 2:56 a.m. PST

Infantry: 95th Rifles
Cavalry: Saxon Guard du Corp
Artillery: Imperial Guard Horse Artillery

Marcel180905 Nov 2017 4:49 a.m. PST

Infantry: British Light division in the peninsula.
Cavalry: Imperial guard Chasseurs cheval
Artillery: French horse artillery early years of the empire.
Special price best dressed unit: Marins de la garde

Brechtel19805 Nov 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

Best infantry:

Davout's III Corps 1805-1809, and I Corps 1812; Swiss infantry in Russia; British light infantry regiments, Senior French regiments of the Imperial Guard, Old and Middle; Wurtemberger.

Best artillery: French, Wurttemberger, British, US 1814.

Best cavalry: French up to 1813, and 1815; Saxon; KGL; Baden and Hesse-Darmstadt.

Brechtel19805 Nov 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

Best infantry:

Davout's III Corps 1805-1809, and I Corps 1812; Swiss infantry in Russia; British light infantry regiments, Senior French regiments of the Imperial Guard, Old and Middle; Wurtemberger.

Best artillery: French, Wurttemberger, British, US 1814; Austrian.

Best cavalry: French up to 1813, and 1815; Saxon; KGL; Baden and Hesse-Darmstadt.

Le Breton05 Nov 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

Assuming we have to pick "nations" (as a whole, for the period 1805-1815) ….

Best Infantry Line & Light : British (including KGL)
--- honorable mention : Russian grenadiers, for durability
--- honorable mention : Davout's corps, for tactical skills

Best Artillery : Russian
--- honorable mention : French army artillery, for tactical skills
--- honorable mention : French marine artillery, for overall usefulness

Best Battle Cavalry : Saxon
Best Light/Irregular Cavalry : Russian
--- honorable mention : French gendarmes cheval, for overall usefulness

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

I like Evilgong choises… (smile)

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Armand

langobard Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 4:44 p.m. PST

What an evil question!! It is, of course, natural to respond with Neopolitans for all three categories, simply because they had prettier uniforms than the Spanish.

But I'll go:

Infantry: British
Artillery: Russian
Cavalry: Saxon.

I wanted to go with the French cav, but Brechtel is right, they were destroyed in 1812, and are only a shadow of their former glory in 1814. As near as I can remember, Saxon cavalry is universally highly regarded, and while it was probably also trashed in 1812, I can't recall the same negative comments about it in 1813.

In the end, I wouldn't be too upset at putting "no one" for the best cavalry as it doesn't seem to me that anyone can claim the laurel for the entire period…

Whirlwind05 Nov 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

Maybe…

Infantry: British
Artillery: French
Cavalry: Polish

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

Seems British win on Infantry and French on Artillery…


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Armand

Brechtel19807 Nov 2017 1:07 p.m. PST

The infantry opinion is debatable. The artillery vote was spot on. It should be noted that the entire French artillery arm was considered to be an elite arm, not just the Imperial Guard.

Clays Russians08 Nov 2017 9:44 a.m. PST

KGL

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