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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Battalion command in covered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff.
F47 – Battalion command in covered shakos.

F47 – Battalion command in covered shakos.

£7.40

3 Battalion standard spear points pre-1812 reforms. These were used almost exclusively until Napoleons abdication in 1814.
F48 - 3 Battalion standard spear points pre-1812 reforms.

F48 - 3 Battalion standard spear points pre-1812 reforms.

£2.10

3 Battalion standard spear points post-1812 reforms. These were the spearpoints used on the battalion fanions at Waterloo.
F49 - 3 Battalion standard spear points post-1812 reforms.

F49 - 3 Battalion standard spear points post-1812 reforms.

£2.10

Four mounted Chefs de Battalion in bicorns. (horses included)
F50 - Four mounted Chefs de Battalion in bicorns.

F50 - Four mounted Chefs de Battalion in bicorns.

£11.60

“ A proper tete” pack 1. Four mounted figures, mix and match Colonels and Majors. (Horses included).
F51 - A proper tete pack 1.

F51 - A proper tete pack 1.

£11.60

“A proper tete” pack 2. Drum major, drum corporal, Sapper NCO and Adjutant NCO.
F52 - A proper tete pack 2.

F52 - A proper tete pack 2.

£4.80

F53 - “ A proper tete” pack 3. Two Sappers (shouldered axes), one voltigeur bugler, one grenadier drummer, two centre company drummers (three versions, two different ones supplied at random in each pack. (See the extra notes on the Tete de Colon added to the Guides and research section).
F53 - A proper tete pack 3.

F53 - A proper tete pack 3.

£7.20

Light infantry regimental command, uncovered shakos. Pack includes officer, standard bearer, sapper, two eagle guards and a drummer. Eagle included.
F54 - Light infantry regimental command, uncovered shakos

F54 - Light infantry regimental command, uncovered shakos

£7.20

F55 – Light infantry regimental command, covered shakos. Pack includes officer, standard bearer, sapper, two eagle guards and a drummer. Eagle included.
F55 – Light infantry regimental command, covered shakos.

F55 – Light infantry regimental command, covered shakos.

£7.20

F56 – Light infantry battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff.
F56 – Light infantry battalion command in uncovered shakos

F56 – Light infantry battalion command in uncovered shakos

£7.20

F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff.
F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos

F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos

£7.20

F58 – Light infantry foot officers. Covered shakos. Two centre company figures and two flank co. officers. You can tell the flank co. figures by the curved sabres and moustaches.
F58 – Light infantry foot officers. Uncovered shakos.

F58 – Light infantry foot officers. Uncovered shakos.

£4.80



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