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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2018 2:18 p.m. PST

"Compared to the wars of the 20th century, 18th century warfare appears quite small scale. The period was characterised by limited war in which small professional armies competed for specific territorial objectives and to assert their status within a community of states, all of whom practiced limited war.

Nonetheless, in the course of the century armies did grow as they slowly moved toward the modern era of total war in which the greater part of a state's resources might be deployed against an enemy. Even so, when compared to the armies of modern wars, for example World War One, 18th century armies were relatively small…."
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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2018 3:30 p.m. PST

Oh, that's easy. Most 18th Century European armies were about 1400mm scale, though the King of Prussia had an overscale Guard unit, and the Master of Pages to the Duke of Brunswick had a smaller, more portable arrangement.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2018 12:46 a.m. PST

In France a good deal of them were sort of part timers in peace time. Going months out for harvests, having second job etc. Not speaking of the officers nobility. So not very large and at any time even smaller in peace time. Say under 200000 including the navy, present.
Double it in war but including numerous coast guards, garrisons, militias. One thing of the revolution, the conscription, though it was in a less ( suposedly) universal way in Prussia,.
And yes they should be around 16-18 mm high and a lot is missing.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2018 2:28 p.m. PST

Thanks!.

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