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Major Bloodnok22 Dec 2019 6:55 a.m. PST

I am in the process of painting troops for the Seven Weeks War. I need to paint up three units of Prussian Landwehr.
Were the landwehr wear the shako or were they wearing peaked feldmuetze? Thanks.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2019 1:05 p.m. PST

shako .

Nichts22 Dec 2019 1:27 p.m. PST

I think Jurgen is right regarding what was authorised in regulations. However, I think there is some evidence (including at least one painting of Langensalza) which imply some regiments had still not received them, and wore the old fashioned, Napoleonic style, peaked feldmutze. Unfortunately I have not seen anything which indicates which regiments wore which headgear.

Nichts22 Dec 2019 2:16 p.m. PST

Nigel Smith in his Armies of 1866, cites the 20th Landwehr, among others (unnamed) as wearing a dark blue, black peaked, feldmutze, with a red band and red piping, with the Landwehr cross at the front.

Royal Marine23 Feb 2020 6:06 a.m. PST

link PPW14 shows Landwehr in a Shako

Nichts26 Feb 2020 12:46 p.m. PST

Royal Marine, It was certainly so equipped by the FPW, but in 1866 things were not as far progressed. For example only the Guard Landwehr had received the Dreyse by 1866, the rest having Muzzle loading minie Rifles. The Guard and many other Landwehr units did wear the shako, but there is evidence that some others did not.

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