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Van Damme06 Jan 2019 1:53 p.m. PST

I want to make vignettes for Corps and Divisional commanders at Waterloo in 28mm. This would be standard a luitenant=general, adjudant-commandant, Captains of artillerie and engineers, and 2-3 ADC's. To create some more visual interesting set-ups then 6 or 7 mounted generals and staff, I was thinking of adding some escort on foot. I know the Peery brothers do a lot of supporting staff dismounted but would their be any additional soldiers present (grenadiers, NCO's, vivandieres,..)? Are their any sources on this matter?
Thanks again in advance for any information.

Artilleryman07 Jan 2019 8:50 a.m. PST

This sight details the make-up of the staff at each level and is very useful.

With regard to escorts, there does not seem to have been a hard and fsst rule. I doubt that an infantry brigade commander would have an escort as there was no resource to tap. However, his cavalry equivalent could and I suspect divisional commanders of all types had the clout. Most generals of this type seem to have grabbed an escort of sorts. Comapgnies d'ordnance were pulled from cavalry regiments to escort corps commanders (usually light cavalry) and a smaller number would not have been unusual further down the chain of command. So for the sake of appearance, give your generals some escorts preferably from the same formation. And a cavalry general would definitely have a duty trumpeter.

Vivandieres and cantinieres would possible be around, but they would not be part of the HQ.

P.S.In 1809, many cavalry generals were criticised for using companies d'elite as their comapgnies d'ordnance

Van Damme08 Jan 2019 2:38 p.m. PST

@Artilleryman, thank you for the information. Would a divisional infantry escort contain sappers? I was thinking of assigning grenadiers as an escort for infantry divisions.


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