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olicana20 Nov 2021 5:51 a.m. PST

I'm doing a unit of Brunswick Oels infantry for the Peninsular War. I have a few sources but they are all pretty vague outside of saying blue facings.

Pictures show them, in short jackets, with and without blue cuffs and I can't decide which is right for the Peninsular. My figures (Front Rank) all have short jackets. Which is right, please?

One last thing if anyone knows. I'm presuming that officers wore crimson sashes, and sergeants blue striped crimson sashes in the Peninsular (sashes in national colours were only for Austrian service and for 1815?), am I right?

Please, can anyone help me out?



cavcrazy20 Nov 2021 7:56 a.m. PST

I was looking this information up myself and have come to this conclusion.
In "Uniforms of the Peninsular War" by Haythornthwaite, he states that the Brunswickers did in fact have blue collars, cuffs, and straps. In "Military dress of the Peninsular War" by Windrow & Embleton, they don't mention cuffs as being colored. So my conclusion is if the unit is in the short jacket, color the cuffs, but if they are wearing the long coat leave the cuffs black. All of the illustrations I have seen show this to be the norm. I hope this helps.
I am sure that no matter what painting scheme you use, that your figures will look amazing as they always do.

Augustus20 Nov 2021 10:22 a.m. PST

Probably started as blue then over exposure led to fading, etc. These were not colorfast dyes by any means.

Prince of Essling20 Nov 2021 10:22 a.m. PST

Go to Napoleon on Line portal for the Napoleonic uniforms from the excellent "Beyer-Pegau: Braunschweigische Uniformen 1543-1909" at link so go with the short jacket:

Infantry Officer 1809:


Infantryman 1809:

Jager Officer in the Peninsular

Also see:



14Bore20 Nov 2021 11:12 a.m. PST

The Brunswick Corp has been a maybe someday but will be next if I get more battle units.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2021 5:01 p.m. PST

Appreciate all the info, thanks!

NapStein21 Nov 2021 1:03 a.m. PST

I added a search from on the main page of Napoleon Online at link … just choose "Braunschweig" and the year, e.g. 1809 and click on "Bilder anzeigen". Afterwards you get small images which bear links directly to the uniform portal.

As I've been in the Braunschweig Landesmuseum I also added some uniform and equipment photos.

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

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