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PTL181519 May 2019 3:52 p.m. PST

I am painting a few Prussian regiments for a Plancenoit scenario. I want to include a few skirmish bases for each battalion. Would the skirmishers be uniformed as the line or as jaegar. Basically should the skirmishers be painted in the same blue uniforms as the line? Thanks


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2019 4:14 p.m. PST

As I recall from the 1812 regs Prussian infantry skirmishers were supposed to be drawn from the 3rd rank of fusilier battalions so would have the same uniform as the rest of the battalion

JMcCarroll Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 8:03 a.m. PST

Thought it was the third rank of Line units. All of the fusiliers can skirmish.
Some units had frewillinger Jaegers attached, one company per battalion if they had them. They would be green.
Your answer is blue, same as the line unit.

PTL181520 May 2019 6:57 p.m. PST

Thanks gents

marshalGreg21 May 2019 7:42 a.m. PST

Skirmish/ unformed deployment of a battalion level formation was up to 1/2 open who would be suppported directly by 1/2 formed ( either by company spread along the rear of skirmish chain or a remaining battalion in the rear of the skirmish chain).
The line infantry typically ( as mentioned) released the 3rd rank to address a skirmish chain.
This would be more of a semi-skirmish formation.
It would have 2 platoons in open skirmish chain with a direct support of 2 platoons then by the remaining 2 rank battalion ( original 8 platoons less 3rd rank)

Jagers formed skirmisher with ~1/2 ( 1 platoon) of the company formed in rear as direct support unless, freed out from that need by being with the 3rd rankers (who did most of the direct rear support).

Prussian Line and Fusilier, after 1808, used the 3rd rank doctrine.
The Fusiliers were expected to do the lion share of this effort. "push come to shove" any unit could go to almost full skirmish per circumstances- but typically still 1/2 remained formed in rear support, though once again the rear supports in form status may not be formed together as one unit but spaced out along the rear of the chain.

Steamingdave221 May 2019 9:25 a.m. PST

I think the Fusilier battalion, from whom skirmishers woukd be drawn, had black belts as opposed to the white of musketeer battalions. They may also have had a white circle on shako covers ( depending on period being modelled). As mentioned above, there woukd also be jager skirmishers, with dark green jackets.

PTL181521 May 2019 7:30 p.m. PST

so perhaps a mix of fusiliers in blue and some jaegers in green. cool learning new things.

Widowson22 May 2019 12:15 p.m. PST

Fusiliers and Jagers are different units. Probably not wise to put them on the same base. Actually, very few Jagers. See OOB.

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