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Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 8:45 a.m. PST

Does anyone know a good source for information on military operations during the Belgian Revolution of 1830 and for the uniforms of the Dutch and Belgian troops involved? (I have the French covered.)

mghFond10 Jun 2018 9:32 p.m. PST

I don't have the issue but I believe Miniatures Wargames magazine had a specific article on the 1830 Revolution including uniform info and some on the fighting too.

Green Tiger10 Jun 2018 9:46 p.m. PST

There was an issue of Tradition that covered it.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 5:57 a.m. PST

Googling the subject came up with a page of interesting mostly on topic images -


Looks like there may be an Osprey on the subject.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 6:12 a.m. PST

Lots of interesting illustrations. Sadly the Osprey illustrations are from 'Wellington's Dutch Allies' which is Napoleonic.

khanscom12 Jun 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

Miniature Wargames #123, August 1993 has an article on the Belgian War of Independence; there are a half- dozen b&w line drawings of uniforms and some order of battle information. At least it might give you something to start with.

… and I just stumbled across Monsewer Crapaud's blog which has a section on the relevant campaign with photos of painted minis as well.

WillieB Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 4:21 p.m. PST

Come and see us at Salute 2019. Once Upon A Time There Was a Revolution. Belgian Revolution 1830.
Various uniforms actually as most were civilian volunteers. Most seen is a hip length frock (often in blue but also a few in green) with a wide belt. Red and white scarves worn around the neck. were often used as a distinguishing mark. Headgear often a Bonnet de Police but also a sort of make believe Bonnet de police in black short fur ( Astrakhan fur) with a coloured flap on the left. (Often red or red piped yellow) Other very popular headgear was a simply cap like the earlier Prussian landwehr. Any colour but mostly blue or russet. Many of the (Dutch) line infantry regiments were largely composed of Belgians who quickly deserted. They were in an almost complete 'Dutch' uniform- grey greatcoats and full gear. Often did away with the shako and replaced it with that Landwehr cap or the made up 'furry' bonnet de police. Tri-coloured brassards and cockades everywhere. Large contingent of armed civilians in everyday clothes- mostly upper classes so quite a few high hats. Armed with whatever they had but still mostly muskets.Many of these were ex-army high ranking officers so they did have some training. Few artillery pieces, mostly French or Austrian.

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