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Tango0108 Feb 2020 3:53 p.m. PST

"After suffering the loss of his duchy in 1807, the Duke of Brunswick raised troops to fight Napoleon, and in 1813 his duchy was restored to him. He immediately set about raising a new national army, which included an elite Leib-Bataillon built around a cadre of veterans from the Peninsular War in Spain. This new army would be tested sooner than it might have expected, for with the escape of Napoleon from Elba in 1815 the Duke hurried them to join with the British and Dutch in Belgium, where they would help to finally defeat the French emperor at Quatre Bras and Waterloo. For those historic battles the Leib-Bataillon was brigaded with the Avantgarde and the three light battalions.

While the most distinguishable feature of Brunswick infantry their black uniforms is irrelevant on unpainted figures such as these, the other elements of this unit are all present and correct. They wear shakos with an unusual falling plume and the famous skull-and-crossbones badge on the front. Their coats have an open standing collar and lines of braiding on the chest. Since this coat had no tails, it made it look much like a dolman, and this has been well represented here, although some of these poses have the coat ending at the waist, and some show a small amount below the waist. Three of the poses wear the forage cap rather than the shako, but all are correct. None of the men have a knapsack or rolled greatcoat, but all have the usual cartridge pouch and haversack held by belts over the shoulders. A few also have water bottles (of British design), and they all have a second strap over the right shoulder for a bayonet scabbard on the left hip, although this is apparently hidden by the haversack in all cases…"




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Tango0109 Feb 2020 3:43 p.m. PST

Have my doubts about the Pionnier … anyone can confirm this?

Thanks in advance.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2020 10:23 a.m. PST

Although I have had no interest in plastic soldiers since the early 70s, I do find the reviews on this site quite fascinating. Very authoritative indeed.

Great find once again

Tango0111 Feb 2020 11:41 a.m. PST

Happy for that my good friend!. (smile)

I still continue with plastic guys… (smile)


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