Infantry

March Attack

March Attack

I like my march-attack figures to be in step. This was a formal way of moving men. It was used for getting large numbers of men in set formations to a point where they came in contact with the enemy. The men would have marched to music or the beat of drums. NCOs would have ensured that most of the men remained in step as the cohesion of the battalion relied on this. It would have been practiced on parade grounds until the men could move in unison almost without thought. It struck me when I did the research for these figures that in many illustrations most of the battalion seems to be using both hands to hold the musket. In march-attack the musket was supposed to be held in the crook of the left arm while the right arm swung free. The two handed hold was definitely not regulation. I looked into this and made inquiries from other research colleagues. The answer seems to be as follows – The French musket weighed over four and a half kilos. The regulation way of holding the musket in the crook of the left arm was not a ‘natural’ way of holding the musket. After marching for a while over rough ground, while taking fire from the enemy, it was natural for the right hand to be used to steady the musket and to take some of its weight off the left arm. In action the officers accepted this as necessary.

 

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Route March

Route March

This set of figures is based on Edouard Detaille's sketch of French line infantry marching in Belgium in 1815 (see above). All the figures are in campaign dress. They wear their coats with the front flaps buttoned back to allow greater freedom of movement while on the march. Other sources have been used to provide the accurate historical information required for items of uniform and equipment. The more important ones worth mentioning are the Rousselot plates, the Bucquoy uniform cards and the Rigo (Le Plumet) plates.

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Six figure pack. Battalion command. Officer, fanion bearer, fourier guards, drummer, sergeant-major. Uncovered shakos
F12  Battalion command

F12 Battalion command

£7.20

Six figure pack. As above but with covered shakos and bicorns.
F13  Battalion Command

F13 Battalion Command

£7.20

Four figure pack. Foot officers wearing shakos. Two fusilier officers, one grenadier officer and one voltigeur officer.
F14   Foot officers wearing shakos

F14 Foot officers wearing shakos

£4.80

Four figure pack. As above but wearing bicorns.
F15   Foot officers wearing bicorns

F15 Foot officers wearing bicorns

£4.80

Four figure pack. Mounted officers wearing shakos. The horses shown in the images are now included in the pack price.
F16  Mounted officers wearing shakos

F16 Mounted officers wearing shakos

£11.60

Four figure pack. Cherry on the icing pack. Falling casualty, two enthusiastic figures and a voltigeur cornet.
F17  Cherry on the icing pack

F17 Cherry on the icing pack

£4.80

Four figure pack. Regimental headquarters. Mounted colonel, mounted major, adjutant NCO and fusilier standing to attention. The horses shown in the images are now included in the pack price.
F18  Regimental headquarters

F18 Regimental headquarters

£8.20

Light infantry command group for the route-march figures. This set contains two light infantry officers with pointed cuffs, one has light infantry boots without the front tassel as was customary in 1813. There is also a standard bearer with pointed cuffs and a sapper wearing a busby. You wil
F19  Light infantry command group

F19 Light infantry command group

£4.80

They all have pointed cuffs and one has light infantry boots. Suitable for the route- march figures.
F20  Four light infantry officers in assorted headgear

F20 Four light infantry officers in assorted headgear

£4.80

Four Mounted light infantry officers (horses included)
F21  Mounted light infantry officers (horses included)

F21 Mounted light infantry officers (horses included)

£11.60

They all have turned back greatcoats and uncovered shakos.
F22  Six centre company figures in march-attack poses

F22 Six centre company figures in march-attack poses

£7.20



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