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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They all have turned back greatcoats and uncovered shakos.
F23  Four voltiguers in march attack poses

F23 Four voltiguers in march attack poses

£4.80

They all have turned back greatcoats and uncovered shakos.
F24  Four grenadiers in march-attack poses

F24 Four grenadiers in march-attack poses

£4.80

They all have turned back greatcoats and covered shakos.
F25  Six centre company figures in the march-attack pose

F25 Six centre company figures in the march-attack pose

£7.20

They all have turned back greatcoats and covered shakos.
F26  Four voltigeurs in march-attack poses

F26 Four voltigeurs in march-attack poses

£4.80

They all have turned back greatcoats and covered shakos.
F27  Four grenadiers in march-attack poses

F27 Four grenadiers in march-attack poses

£4.80

Six fusiliers in march-attack poses with uncovered shakos and their coats down
F28  Six centre company figures in march-attack

F28 Six centre company figures in march-attack

£7.20

Four voltigeurs in march-attack poses. Uncovered shakos and greatcoats down.
F29  Four voltigeurs in march-attack poses

F29 Four voltigeurs in march-attack poses

£4.80

Four Grenadiers in march-attack poses. Uncovered shakos, coats down.
F30  Four grenadiers in march-attack poses.

F30 Four grenadiers in march-attack poses.

£4.80

Six centre company figures in march-attack poses. All have covered shakos and coats down.
F31 Six centre company figures in march-attack poses.

F31 Six centre company figures in march-attack poses.

£7.20

Four voltigeurs in march-attack poses with covered shakos and coats down.
F32 – Four voltigeurs in march-attack poses with covered shakos and coats down

F32 – Four voltigeurs in march-attack poses with covered shakos and coats down

£4.80

Four Grenadiers in march-attack poses with covered shakos and coats down
F33 – Four Grenadiers in march-attack poses with covered shakos and coats down

F33 – Four Grenadiers in march-attack poses with covered shakos and coats down

£4.80

Four centre company figures with their heads turned to look to the side.
F34 Four centre company figures with heads turned

F34 Four centre company figures with heads turned

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