Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lacy corps

The Lacy Corps was placed between Zinna and the Grosserr Teich: it faced for almost all the day the stranded Zeiten Corps. Lacy was subsequently blamed for not being capable to stop the redeployment of Zeiten towards Suptitz.

The von Goesnitz Saxon cavalry Brigade under F.M.L. Zeschwitz:

Right: the Saxon redeployed. Bottom: the Kaiser hussars, in front of dragoons and cuirassiers and the croats, whose 3 pdr. light battalion guns fixed Zeiten attention until late in the afternoon.

Lacy infantry: the Buttler and Meyern divisions

A close up of the pink faced Ligne regiment (IR 38):

Lacy and his staff: uniquely in my collection, they are Baccus.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another map

This is one of the maps from my personal collection. It is from the late XVIII century. Interestingly enough the left side legend is very detailed and describes very well the various phases of the battle.

The letter (a) denotes the Prussian camp whereas the initial Austrian position is denoted with (b). The three Prussian column are denote respectively (c) (d) and (e). The Austrian grenadier corps which was displaced by the advancing Prussian is indicted by (f), whereas in (g) there are the "Batyanischen Dragoner und ein Regiment Infanterie". (h) And (i) are the Prussian infantry and cavalry attacks, (k) the new Austrian position facing these attacks. The Zieten attacks is (l) and (m) are the croats on his tracks. The final attack on the causeway is indicated with the letter (n) and finally (o) and (p) denote the main army and Lacy's corp paths of retreat respectively.

I'll try to post on Kronoskaf a better resolution map in the next few days.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

More whitecoats...

The Reserve-Korp, commanded by the General der Cavallerie Prinz Christian Phillip von Lowenstein-Wertheim, and the Grenadier Corp, under the command of the Generalfeldwachtmeister Graf Joseph D'Ayasasa, here in a portrait conserved at the Wiener-Neustadt Akademie
According to Duffy they were both capable and competent commander and distinguished themselves at Torgau leading repeated counterattacks. The Grenadiers are in the forefront:

The converged foot grenadiers,

and the converged Karabiniers from the Cuirassiers regiments and the Horse Grenadiers from the Dragoons regiments. At Torgau they were "brigaded" with the foot grenadiers into two units under the command of Ferrari and Von Normann:

The Lowenstein Reserve-Korp: the infantry brigades Daumbach in the first line (IR 41 Bayeruth and the hungarian IR 51 Gyulai) and Bibow (IR 36 Tillier, light-blue facings and IR 40 Jung Colloredo );

The Reserve-Korps cavalry was formed by the Cuirassier Brigade Bettoni (CR 10 Stampach and CR 12 Serbelloni),

and by the unfortunate DR 31 Saint-Ignon (the "blancs-bec" of Kolin memoirs): the regiment was taken between two prussian columns in the wood and annihilated by the Zeiten Hussars in the early stages of the battle. In the picture is followed by Lowenstein, in the words of Daun " a thoroughly bad individual".

Sunday, October 3, 2010


I have finally finished the V&B rebasing of the ReichsArmee troops I bought in July. This meant painting battalion guns and artillerymen, mounted officiers and some flag bearers, nco and drummers. The original contingent was comprised of 6 infantry and 5 cavalry regiments together with two batteries and a commander. After the rebasing process I was left with enough privates to muster two further regiments. So I painted more battalion guns, mounted officers etc.. This is the final result:

Now, a closer look to each regiment. First of all the Franconian Kreis Infanterie Regiments; Ferentheil, with red facings:

Varell, with yellow facings:

and Cronegk, with white facings:

Next the Blau-Wurzburg regiment:

the Kur-Trier regiment:

and the Hesse-Darmstadt regiment:

The left-overs gave me 20 blue-coated with white facings privates and 20 blue-coated with assorted facings privates. I mustered them (after some facings repainting..) into the Baden-Baden and Baden-Durlach regiments:

The cavalry contingent is formed by the Cuirassiers regiments Hoenzollern, Bayreuth and Kurpfalz, the last with two different coated white uniforms, and by the Wurttemberg and Ansbach Dragoons:

The field artillery was completed with some horses and the to the commander was given a white coated grenadier orderly and the role of General Major Roth:

So I can try to play the Freiberg scenario or better to get some scenarios for the battles of Korbitz and Strehla....