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Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse30 Apr 2018 3:44 p.m. PST

"Although there had been plans for a force of militia in Prussia for many years, and in the 18th century they had existed for a time, the Landwehr were only actually raised for the Napoleonic Wars in 1813, in the aftermath of Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia, and with a spirit of ridding Germany of the French occupiers. Prussia was hard-stretched to provide for her expanding regular forces, so there were many difficulties in raising, training and equipping the new Landwehr, but in time the supply situation improved, and the Landwehr began to demonstrate that they were an effective part of the Army. They participated in the last two years of the Wars, and were present in large numbers during the Waterloo campaign.

Following the pattern of other mini-series from HaT, this set is one of several released at roughly the same time to depict the subject, and this one concentrates on the men marching. There are only a handful of poses, and naturally all are marching. Four carry a musket in the proper way, and are perfectly fine. On our second row we have a musician carrying a horn, plus an individual carrying a pike of about 2.5 metres in length. In the early days of the Landwehr many men had no more than a pike such as this since muskets were in short supply, but by 1815 it is likely that only NCOs carried such things, as a mark of their rank, so this figure works for either. Both poses are very nice, as are they all…."



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