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madcam2us05 Jan 2018 6:37 p.m. PST

What units/period are these suppose to represent?




Esquire Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

1813 and after. For the "latter" Prussian time period, the uniforms of the Landwehr infantry and cavalry as well as Reserve units were varied and not standard. Uniforms and equipment were obtained from many sources. This is the relatively "standard" version of Landwehr cav that was relatively common, but again not uniform. Check TMP threads for these topics. I also look to books by Nash and others. A complex but fun period.

Glengarry505 Jan 2018 7:16 p.m. PST

In Peter Hofschroer's "Prussian Landwehr and Landstrum 1813-1815" I have come across an illustration of British shakoes being worn by Kurmark Landwehr cavalry. In Osprey's "Bluchers Army" there is a plate of the "1st Pomeranian" Landwehr cavalry in grey with British shakoes. Note that according to Hofschroer "Kurmark" at the time included a part of Pomerania.

TMPWargamerabbit05 Jan 2018 7:49 p.m. PST

A lot of the "British" looking uniforms were actually British manufactured uniforms destined to Portugal but diverted to Prussia in 1813.

madcam2us05 Jan 2018 9:27 p.m. PST

Really a good conversation on The Napoleonic wargame group on FB>…



wrgmr105 Jan 2018 9:58 p.m. PST

Check the Mont St. Jean uniform website for 1815 period.
The Calpe website has information as well.
Also Dr. Stephen Summerfield has a book on Landwehr infantry and cavalry.

Camcleod08 Jan 2018 7:49 p.m. PST

According to Summerfield's Landwehr book the 1st and 2nd Kurmark Ldwr Cav, and part of the 2nd Neumark Ldwr. Cav. wore the British Lt. Inf. shako. The pics in his book show them with back and front cords on the shakos, tho a painting by Knotel shows the 1st Kurmark without.

madcam2us09 Jan 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

@wrgmr1 – do you know of any way to get Dr. Summerfield's book without using that link. Im not comfortable with the app's ability to access my personal data…



Gary Flack Inactive Member10 Jan 2018 7:03 a.m. PST

I've just downloaded the linked document
It's snippets from his book
Presumably there is no objection to sending it to you
Drop me a mail at garyflack at and I'll send it on
Just mention in the title what it is so I don't dump your request by accident

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