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Colonel of German Line Infantry, c. 1809
(Courtesy of the Vienna War Museum)
|The Infantry - Uniforms
1.) German Officer of grenadiers, 1809
2.) Private, German grenadiers, 1809
Upon the recovery of parts of northern Italy, new regiments were formed to replace those disbanded in 1809 due to loss of recruiting grounds, and were taken into the line in 1814. Initially there were four provisional or supernumerary regiments, wearing white uniforms, Nos. 1 and 2 with rose pink facings yellow and white buttons respectively; and Nos. 3 and 4, carmine facings, white and yellow buttons respectively. There were also four light battalions wearing green with Emperor yellow facings and the battalion number on the shako; when the initial issue was expended, they adopted pike grey. The Line regiments received the numbers 13, 23, 38, and 43, and four light battalions were combined to form a new 45th regiment.
Left: An NCO of the Salzberg Landwehr regiment in 1809. He wears the the standard 'regulation' uniform of a green frock coat faced with emperor yellow. The private right; wears only a makeshift grey or perhaps brown coat with yellow facings worn over his civilian dress, his hat being decorated with a green and yellow cockade.
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