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ferg98123 Apr 2022 1:05 p.m. PST

Good evening all,

Just a quick post from me today about my attempts to "diversify" my Napoleonic French army by adding more non-french troops


I'm also in the market for suggestions about interesting small forces I can put together for Napoleonic games down at the wargames club, no more than 10 Battalions of Infantry, 4 units of Cavalry and 3 guns per side, so feel free to make suggestions

Kind Regards


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2022 1:25 p.m. PST

You can look at beefing up your Italian contingent. Wurttemberg would make a nice mixed division.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2022 1:43 p.m. PST

You could add troops from the Duchy of Warsaw, Kingdom of Westphalia, Grand Duchy of Berg, Grand Duchy of Baden, and Kingdom of Bavaria.


Korvessa23 Apr 2022 5:10 p.m. PST

Massena's corps at Wagram had troops from Baden & Hesse-Darmstadt

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian23 Apr 2022 6:06 p.m. PST

Follow the Col's lead

Bill Rosser Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2022 6:38 p.m. PST

I have a division of three regiments of three battalions of German forces. Wurttemberg, Saxony and Bavaria. Each Regiment has a special attachment. Wurttemberg Light infantry battalion, Saxon Cavalry regiment, Bavarian Artillery batteries. They make a nice mix away from pure French forces.

A matching French division rounds out the corp, with attached light cavalry regiment, artillery, and a Heavy cavalry division attached of two regiments.

Valmy9224 Apr 2022 6:02 a.m. PST

If he's looking for a historical mixed force, Massena's French with Hesse-Darmstadt and Baden would be a good choice. Each has artillery plus a cavalry regiment in the corps reserve.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2022 3:59 p.m. PST

And of course there are the Swiss – as long as they get paid!

Pas d'argent, pas de Suiss

thegeneral02 May 2022 9:31 a.m. PST

This is one of my pet peeves. It's often assumed that your 'French' army is all French. But that may not be right. As time went on, the proportion of non-French forces increases dramatically. By 1812 it's very different.

I've put together a 'French' infantry corps c.1812. I think it more accurately reflects the real situation. It provides for a lot more variety in troop abilities as well, forcing me to think things through better.

1st Div.
1 Bde French
1 mixed Bde (French, Vistula Legion)
1 mixed Bde (French, Swiss, Croations)

2nd Div.
1 Bde Duchy of Warsaw
1 Bde Italians
1 Bde Bavarians

The same wrong thinking is found in WW2 games. Popular articles invariably focus on Germans. But the truth is very different.

There was a substantial foreign contribution, and much of the 'German' equipment was foreign (especially for 2nd line units). Germany captured the French army and kept its production facilities going. Without vast quantities of foreign equipment (especially trucks), Barbarossa wouldn't have been possible.

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