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Silesian Rifle Battalion.
Green jackets, black
facings with red piping,
yellow metal buttons.
From 1809-12 the battalion
was in garrison at Liegnitz.
The Silesian Rifle Battalion
was evidently an excellent unit.
It had been formed in 1808
from certain light companies
which had defended Glatz
in 1807. In 1813 it saw a great
deal of fighting, notably at
Kulm, where they captured
two French colours.
(By: R. Knotel)

Courtesy of: Dominic Goh


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Garde-Jager Battalion.
Green jackets, red facings,
gold lace.
(By: R. Knotel)

Courtesy of: Dominic Goh

Garde-Jager Battalion, field dress. (c.1813-15)

The Army

The Infantry (Cont'd)

Prussian Guard Jager and Officer

In June 1813, the 8th Foot Guard Regiment was taken out of the line and redesignated 'Erstes garde-Regiment zu Fuss'. At the same time the 'Zweites Garde-Regiment zu Fuss' was formed from the 'Normal-Infantrie-Battalion', the 1st/Cobergsches Inf. Regt. and the 'Leib-Fusilier' Battalion. The old regiments numbered 1 to 12 all moved down one in the sequence to 8 - 11 and a new 12th Brandenburg Infantry Regiment was formed from Reservists.

Reserve Regiments 1 -12 were activated in 1813 and on March 25th, 1815, were incoporated into the Line as Regiments Nos. 13 - 24. Similarly, the various legions and Freikorps were numbered 25 - 31. In 1813 some of the reserve Regiments mobilised four battalions, the fourth usually being absorbed later by the other three.

In 1814, the 'Garde-Schutzen-Battalion' was formed and the six independent grenadier battalions were grouped into the new Guard Grenadier Regiments; 'No. 1: Czar Alexander' and 'No. 2: Kaiser Franz'.

Prussian infantry of the Line, 1811-1815 privates. the Prussian infantry depicted here belong to the 2nd Silesian Infantry Regiment. They wear uniforms of Prussian blue, with pale yellow collars and cuffs, a balck shako with white-and-black Prussian pompom, and grey breeches with black gaiters. Figures from left to right are as follows: Grenadier, as the brass eagle badge on his shako and the tall black plume atop the shako indicate. The belts and straps of his equipment are white as they are on the next figure, a Musketeer. This is indicated by the fact that his shako has no plume and in place of the eagle he bears the Royal monogram of the King of Prussia in brass. To his left a Fusilier. His shako is also without plume and instead of a badge it has a black-and-white cockade with a brass button in the centre and white braid running from the pompom to the cockade. The Fusilier's cross-straps and pack-straps are all of black leather. Finally the last figure shows the back view of a Musketeer in campaign dress. The round plate on the black ammunition pouch is of brass and has the eagle of Prussia stamped upon it. This plate or badge was worn by all Prussian Line troops on their pouches. as a concession to the rigours of campaign our figure is wearing a pair of loose white (sometimes grey) trousers sometimes adopted by the Prussians on service.
(Drawings by: Gerry Embleton)