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Widowson21 Mar 2019 4:30 p.m. PST

My understanding is that only grenadier units had fifers, but I cannot find a source. Does anyone out there have a source or confirmation of this?

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 1:15 a.m. PST

I have not heard this about grenadiers before and it seems to have no logic. I have seen illustrations of 'ordinary' infantry fifers in the same uniform as drummers.


14Bore22 Mar 2019 12:54 p.m. PST

Would have loved to get any musicians for my Russians, don't think I even have even a bugler though have some for my Prussians.

Prince of Essling22 Mar 2019 1:58 p.m. PST

Not that I am aware – Parkhaev's 1812 series shows the Orel infantry regiment with fifer

1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2019 1:08 p.m. PST

I have a reference to the accordian music section. I'll post it later.

Major Bloodnok17 May 2019 4:55 a.m. PST

Interesting since I thought the accordion didn't appear until the 1820's.

Rod MacArthur17 May 2019 2:20 p.m. PST

In the British Army only Grenadier Companies had fifers (therefore just two fifers per battalion) but I don't know the derivation of this and whether it was the same in other armies.


Widowson22 May 2019 12:08 p.m. PST

Use an accordian, go to jail.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2019 1:51 p.m. PST

I'll be honest.

I would have bet much on Accordian not Accordion.

The latter only appears in the film "Paris brūle-t-il?" (which I have not watched as many times as Waterloo, but almost)

The former is a traditional Gaelic instrument, used by the 27th of Foot at Waterloo and even Boney's Irish Legion in Spain. Not many people know that. Indeed I may be the only one so privileged. I would welcome a Perry 28mm miniature.

Widowson23 May 2019 12:26 p.m. PST

Once I was shopping at the local food mart, and realized that I had left my car unlocked with my accordion in the back seat. I ran out to my car, but alas. Someone had put ANOTHER accordion in the back seat. LOL.

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