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Tango0106 Dec 2017 8:39 p.m. PST

"Dragoons had started life as mounted infantry, and had spent decades trying to become accepted as true cavalry, a more highly regarded branch of the army. On the whole they had succeeded by the Napoleonic Wars, but in the French Army their dismounted role remained important, so at any time they might have to fight on foot. However there was a major problem in supplying horses for the dragoons, since the other branches of the cavalry were ahead of them in the queue, and animals were often in very short supply. At various times during the Wars numbers of dragoons were made into 'foot dragoons', essentially taking away their horses and making them a form of infantry. This greatly displeased the men concerned, and they performed the role with ill grace by all accounts. Such foot dragoons were generally a temporary expedient, and would eventually be remounted using captured enemy stocks of horses.

The uniform of the dragoons did not change a great deal throughout the period, but these men all wear the habit coat, which remained almost the same until the habit-veste of 1812. More specifically, they have possibly genuine turnbacks on the long tails, with a triangular patch at the end that stopped manufacture in 1810, although like any uniform change could have been worn for years after. As foot dragoons the differences were that the men replaced their high boots with infantry gaiters reaching to above the knee, and were given knapsacks. Both these distinctions are shown on every figure here, so these are specifically foot dragoons, rather than simply dragoons momentarily on foot. Their helmets, with the horsehair mane, are well done here, as is all of the uniform, which is completely correct…"

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Armand

Marc at work06 Dec 2017 11:04 p.m. PST

Yup

Saw those on PSR yesterday and they joined my "must have even though I don't have a use for them" pile

Look good

Marc

Red Jacket Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 7:32 a.m. PST

How often did dragoons fight on foot? From the number of foot offerings it would appear that they were as likely to fight on foot than mounted.

Griefbringer07 Dec 2017 8:39 a.m. PST

Those kneeling poses bracing a musket and pointing a pistol are pretty dramatic looking!

Footslogger07 Dec 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

Foot Dragoons – French dragoons in 1805-7 who, for lack of horses, were deliberately reequipped as infantry pending new sources of horses. That's what's depicted in this set. They wear infantry gaiters and have knapsacks.

Dragoons on foot – dragoons who dismounted temporarily to deal with a tactical situation that required it.

Tango0107 Dec 2017 9:55 a.m. PST

Glad you like them my friend!. (smile)

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Armand

Choctaw07 Dec 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

I bet those helmets were tiresome on the march.

18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2017 2:41 p.m. PST

Bummer, 1/72nd scale.

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