odd units AT gross-beeren (august 23, 1813)
The Napoleon's campaigns see men of many nacionalities
fighting for or against the French empire. Amongst these were the
Italians, Saxons, Wurtembergers, Bavarians and Polish. Whereas Polish
and Italians always fought for the Emperor, some of the Germans changed
sides during or after the campaign of Leipzig, and ended the Napoleonic
era fighting along their German 'brothers'.
Polish infantry were one of my first conversions and thus appeared in my old Gross-Beeren re-fight. However the rest of French-allied men, i.e. Italians, Saxons, Wurtembergers and Bavarians, were substituted by ad-hoc figures whose uniforms resembled the original ones (i.e white coated infantry for Italians and Saxons or pre-1809 Austrians painted as Bavarians or Wurtemburgers).
My Leipzig Project covers all the battles after the end of the August armistice, and Gross-Beeren, fought by the French Army of Berlin commanded by the Marecahl Oudinot and the Allied Army of the North of Bernadotte, Crown prince of Sweden, was the first of them.
The odd units, i.e. different from the usual, were only in the French because Russians and Prussians units have been already painted in previous years. However there is a great number of them:
1st, 4th, 6th, 7th Italian line infantry (15th Division, IV Corps)
1st Italian light infantry (15th Division, IV Corps)
Guard of Milan (15th Division, IV Corps)
1st, 13th Italian foot artillery (15th Division, IVCorps)
1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7h Wurtemberg line infantry (38th Division, IV Corps)
9th, 10th Wurtemberg light infantry (38th Division, IV Corps)
1st heavy, 1st light Wurtemberg foot artillery (38th Division, IV Corps)
3rd Wurtemberg Chasseurs (24th Light Cavalry Brigade, IV Corps)
1st Wurtemberg Chevauleger (24th Light Cavalry Brigade, IV Corps)
1st Wurtemberg horse artillery (24th Light Cavalry Brigade, IV Corps)
Saxon line infantry (24th and 25th Divisions, VII Corps)
Saxon light infantry (24th and 25th Divisions, VII Corps)
Saxon Grenadiers and Guard Grenadiers (24th and 25th Divisions, VII Corps)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 12th Saxon foot artillery (24th and 25th Divisions, VII Corps)
Saxon Hussar and Uhlan Regiments (26th Light Cavalry Brigade, VII Corps)
1st, 2nd Saxon horse artillery (26th Light Cavalry Brigade, VII Corps)
Wurzburg infantry (32nd Division, VII Corps)
Illyrian line infantry (13th Division, XII Corps)
3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th Bavarian line infantry (29th Division,
1st, 2nd Bavarian line infantry (29th Division, XII Corps)
1st, 2nd Bavarian foot artillery (29th Division, XII Corps)
2nd, 4th, 12th French Hussars (6th Light Cavalry Division, III Cavalry Corps)
Baden Line Infantry (39th Division)
Hessian Line Infantry (39th Division)
Westphalian Garde Chevaux-Legers (29th Light cavalry Brigade XII Corps)
Hesse-Darmstadt Light Dragoon Regiment (29th Light cavalry Brigade XII Corps
Baden Dragoon Regiment fought (23rd Light Cavalry Brigade, III Corps)
I am starting to paint all those units. Watch the links at the SECTIONS (right menu) as well as the Blog PROJECT LEIPZIG (1813).
eNjoy... and come back again !