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Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2021 4:41 a.m. PST

I am currently building a battalion of the Brunswick Oels Jagers for my Peninsular forces. As far as I can make out, the battalion had 12 coys of which 3 were habitually deployed independently. No 3 Coy were designated 'Sharpshooters' and were armed with rifles and clothed in green rather than black. Looking at the nitty-gritty, I am trying to find out how the battalion would have paraded. It had no colours apparently but I want to know where the 'Sharpshooters' fell in. Did they simply form as the the third coy from the right, or did they have a special position on a flank, or even both flanks like the grenadiers/strelki in a Russian battalion?

If anyone has information or can recommend a source, I would be grateful.

GarryWills03 Feb 2021 5:03 a.m. PST

I researched this regiment for my recent book, Wellington at Bay.

This is the best source for the Brunswick Light Infantry; Gustav von Kortzfleisch, Geschichte des Herzoglich Braunschweigischen Infanterie-Regiments und seiner Stammtruppen 1809-1867, 1896, vol 1. at link

Not sure it has the answer you want and it is in German. They were in the British Army list so in the absence of other evidence we might have expected them to have follow British practise. The question maybe theoretical, since the 2nd and 10th companies were with the 5th Division and the 3rd company were with the 4th Division, the remainder being in the 7th Division.

Garry

Edwulf03 Feb 2021 11:43 p.m. PST

The rifle companies were not with the black coats they were parceled out.
1 company was part of the 1st Brigade 5th Division
1 company was with 2nd Brigade 5th Division
1 company was with 2nd Brigade 4th Division
The Black coated Oels were removed from the light division and sent to the 7th fairly quickly. I'm not sure if the Jagers ever actually formed up with them.

However being that they were numbered 2,3 10 companies I'd venture to guess they would occupy the same place as the 2,3 and 10th companies in other battalions.

GarryWills04 Feb 2021 10:19 a.m. PST

There was only one rifle company, the 3rd or Sharpshooter company.

Garry

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2021 2:48 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info. Looks like I will have to brush up my German.

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