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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 9:22 p.m. PST

…Army 1792 – 1815.

"Fearless and Loyal chronicles the operational history of one of the largest, but least known of the German states during the Napoleonic Wars.

Fearless and Loyal chronicles the operational history of one of the largest, but least known of the German states during the Napoleonic Wars. Originally an old Ducal state, Napoleon elevated its ruler to King in 1805 as part of the Confederation of the Rhine. It's troops served the Emperor until 1813, when it's king deserted to the allies to save his Kingdom.

This book will cover the people, units and uniforms of the Wurttemberg Army, full of color illustrations throughout"


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Brechtel19816 Mar 2018 8:34 a.m. PST

This was an excellent army during the Confederation of the Rhine period and they stayed loyal to Napoleon until after Leipzig and were only called home by their king because the allies were beginning to overrun the country.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2018 10:23 a.m. PST


Hesse too!


von Winterfeldt18 Mar 2018 7:19 a.m. PST

Loyal, they changed sides twice, let's say. fearless and successful

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2018 3:29 p.m. PST



summerfield23 Mar 2018 7:19 a.m. PST

It is interesting that they did not get the stigma of the Saxon Army or Bavarian Army. All the German States changed sides at least twice through the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars unless Napoleon abolished them.

The Prussians changed sides and neutral at least 6 or 7 times. The Austrians even more.

Brechtel19823 Mar 2018 10:48 a.m. PST

The lesser German states were trying to maintain their independence under varying forms of pressure from both Austria and Prussia, both of whom wanted to dominate in Germany.

That was the main reason that the Confederation of the Rhine was formed in 1806. And the reason for the French movement from the Channel to the Rhine in 1805 was the Austrian invasion of Bavaria. And that happened again in 1809 starting a new war.

Brechtel19824 Mar 2018 4:12 a.m. PST

In 1812 Ney considered that the Wurttemberg horse artillery was the equal of the French, which was quite a compliment. The German contingents did some of the finest fighting in the 1809 campaign, specifically the Wurttenbergers and Hessians from Hesse-Darmstadt.

Jack Gill's With Eagles to Glory is an excellent reference for the Confederation of the Rhine in 1809.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2018 12:37 p.m. PST

Thanks Kevin!


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