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NapStein10 Dec 2020 1:26 p.m. PST

Today I started to publish the famous Elberfeld uniform series on my uniform portal – and even if the plate captions are given in German it could be quite easy to translate them into English. Just go to link and study the different images.

There are some more plates (nearly 100) to come during the next days … the Elberfeld series is one of the most important sources to judge the general appearance of mainly the allied troops during 1813-1815.

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

T Corret Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2020 4:05 p.m. PST

Is the Swedish artillerist using a bricole? I'll let myself out now.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2020 7:41 p.m. PST

Fascinating, thanks for the link! Some initial impressions:

What shade is the coat of the Austrian cavalryman (dragoon? chevauleger?) supposed to be? Is it grey? The print makes it appear to be fawn brown (is he a horse artilleryman wearing a non-regulation helmet?) or even lilac (a trumpeter of some type?).

What are we to make of the Russian artilleryman? A blue frock coat? red facings instead of black piped red? But the crossed cannon on the shako look correct…

Speaking of Russian shakos, many of the troops sport conventional bell-topped shakos, not the coal-scuttle shaped "kiver" shako. Confirms what I have read about the limited use of the kiver type even through 1814, a pity IMHO as it is a very attractive bit of kit.

I did not know there was a second hussar regiment in the Russo-German legion, love that black uniform. Were they incorporated into the Prussian army like the infantry?

Love the raggedly cossack on the second page. Looks much more like what I imagine these would have appeared, rather than the regular and natty types in so many wargamer's armies (myself guilty as charged).

Oliver Schmidt11 Dec 2020 4:22 a.m. PST

Concerning the hussars of the Russo-German legion, see here (scroll down to 8. Ulanen):

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NapStein27 Dec 2020 10:57 a.m. PST

And today I added 40 more soldiers of the Elberfeld series, some of them curious as stated in the posting of Eumelus, too.

Follow the link link and check the new plates, marked with a small orange button.

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

NapStein09 Jan 2022 8:51 a.m. PST

At least I re-started the publication of this outstanding series and added nearly 40 more plates at link … the new plates are marked and particularly the French soldiers marching to France may be of interest.

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

SHaT198409 Jan 2022 12:57 p.m. PST

Fabulous work Markus.

This subject 'at the other end of my interests' shows just how 'traditional' many uniforms remained despite the supposed adherence to new regulations.

Many thanks, davew

NapStein28 Apr 2022 8:19 a.m. PST

Today I finished the editing of the original photos I made from the Elberfeld series and published all of them at link

The new plates are marked with a symbol … and I'm still impressed by the details of this extraordinary contemporary uniform series – a must for all research covering the years of 1813 to 1815.

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

dibble02 May 2022 5:10 p.m. PST

Very interesting Markus. I do so like contemporary examples rather than modern interpretations.

LazyStudent322 May 2022 4:17 a.m. PST

Sadly the webpage doesn't show the pictures when viewing on my phone. But I'm thinking it's my end that's the problem. Thank you for the effort to have these pictures available to us all Markus!

NapStein22 May 2022 8:47 a.m. PST

Sorry for that missing of a real adaptive design of the page – I included a client for phones or pads but it doesn't work properly, so at least a pad to look at the images is needed.

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

NapStein22 May 2022 8:53 a.m. PST

I changed a setting … please try again, then it should open a mobile viewer and you may get through the images.

Kind regards
Markus Stein

LazyStudent323 May 2022 1:49 a.m. PST

It works!! Super, many thanks for the quick response!

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