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KoppiBlogger13 May 2018 1:56 a.m. PST

The report is about the Darmstadt Regiment "Groß- und Erbprinz" and the siege of Badajoz in the Peninsular War.
Have fun with the Report.
Report in english and german.


Garde de Paris Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 6:05 a.m. PST

Interesting article. For wargaming, I favor the I, II, and IV Corps of the French Army in Spain, and long ago (1960's) converted 30mm Staddens to a 1:20 battalion of this regiment, standing priming, loading, on guard and firing. It was to serve with a battalion of the 2nd Nassau (available now in 28mm); the 4th Baden (newly available in 28mm); a Dutch battalion (now available from Perry, 28mm); the Frankfurt Battalion (possible to do with Young Guard figures from Front Rank, a 28mm maker of "chunky" style) and guns from Baden and Hessen as the German Brigade of my IV Division. The Baden gunners are 30mm Stadden Old Guard Grenadiers converted. The Hessian Gunners (and infantry) are Stadden 30mm Waterloo era line Voltigeurs).

Family legend says that my ancestry began in the US when a Hessian (Kassel) soldier was captured at Trenton by Washington's troops, and later joined the Pennsylvania Line. Allegedly male relatives left behind sired a soldier killed at Waterloo while on a German unit overrun by the French. 1st and 2nd KGL Light Infantry; a Hanover infantry unit run down by Cuirassiers when trying to relieve the KGL Lights?

Another such relative was in a German unit that surrendered to the British in Spain while serving with the French. Could have been this regiment.

Many years ago a source wrote that British troops, berserk from all the losses they had taken, lined up two "companies" (by then must have been quite few in number) of this regiment against a wall, and shot them. Does anyone else remember such an allegation?


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