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Volleyfire10 Oct 2021 12:25 a.m. PST

I'm assuming that Saxon (and the other Austrian allies) line infantry and Jagers were formed along the same lines as the Prussian regts with the same number of battalions per regt and same number of men per battalion? I can't seem to find any figures anywhere for the number of men involved. How many battalions per regt and how many men per battalion compared with Austrians, if anyone can help please?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Oct 2021 6:37 a.m. PST

What I have lists:

4 Infantry Brigades of two regiments and 1 Jager battalion per brigade
Regiments had 2 battalions of 4 companies
Companies were 245 men, Jager companies 250 men

Battalion strength 980, Regiment 1960 Jager Battalion 1000

Source: Unit Organizations and Orders of Battle of the Great Armies of Europe 1853-1870

J.W. Brown, Absinthe Press 1994

Volleyfire10 Oct 2021 7:07 a.m. PST

Many thanks Michael.

Mollinary10 Oct 2021 9:41 a.m. PST

I am afraid Mr Brown's work is not entirely accurate. The best source I have found is Stuart Sutherland's translation of the Saxon Official History of their participation in the War of 1866, published by Iser publications in 2001. There was no Regimental organisation in the Saxon Infantry at this time, just 16 independent, numbered, battalions of Line infantry and four battalions of jägers. These formed four brigades, each of four Line battalions and a jäger battalion. A battalion contained four companies, deployed three deep in eight platoons. Strengths varied from 899-983, with no significant variation between line and jägers. I hope this is helpful.

Volleyfire10 Oct 2021 10:06 a.m. PST

Thank you Mollinary, it all helps. Now what shade of blue would you recommend for tunics?

Mollinary10 Oct 2021 10:42 a.m. PST

It is a cornflower blue, quite a bit darker than the light blue often seen, but brighter as well. The best I have found is Vallejo Medium Blue 70.963. Darker than Prussian Dragoon Blue, a bit lighter than Prussian Infantry Blue. It is worth remembering that at Koniggratz the Austrians mistook some approaching Prussians for Saxons. Mind you, it is not recorded whether they were wearing greatcoats or not!

Volleyfire10 Oct 2021 1:07 p.m. PST

Thanks Mollinary, that was the Vallejo colour I was thinking of using, you've confirmed my thoughts.

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