Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Holowczyn Project: Swedish Cavalry
The cavalry was under the command of Maj. Gen. Count Carl Gustav Creutz:
Konstam, in his Osprey OoB writes politely that he was "accompanied by the Field-Marshal Rehnskiold":
since the Field-Marshal was described as a very tough character (his dislike of Lewenhaupt didn't helped the army management at Poltava) I decided to put him in command of the entire cavalry wing (CC) with Creutz as subordinate (DC).
We have already seen the Field-marshal model: Creutz is still on the pipeline. I used the legs from a Strelets swedish reiter and the body of a foot general officer from the box "From Narva to Poltava", to get this result:
I liked the idea of a cavalry general in full cuirass.
In my V&B OoB there are six "regimental" stands of cavalry: despite the fact that the Drabants were a squadron strong of troopers, and accordingly fudged for wargaming with the Livregiment, I decided to grant them the honour of a full base! Accordingly, the six units are:
Guard Dragoons (full title: Kunglig Majestas Liveregemente dragooned. Colonel H.J. Hamilton. With the King's Army from 1701, in the Rehnskiold's Corp 1705-06. Captured at Poltava and reraised again with great difficulty)
Guard Horse (Livregiment till hast, Colonel C.G. Creutz. With the King's Army from 1701. Captured at Poltava and rebuilt 1709-10)
Drabants (Drabantkaren: the unit was normally commanded by a Kapten-lojtnant with Major-General rank. Reorganized in 1715 after the King's return to Sweden)
Smalands (Smalands kavalleriregemente, Colonel J.V. von Daldorff. With the King's Army from 1701. Captured at Poltava and rebuilt 1709-10)
Nylands (Nylands och Tavastahus lans kavalleriregemente, Colonel A. Torstensson. With the Rehnskiold's Corp 1705-06. Captured at Poltava and rebuilt. With Armfeltd's Corp in the "death march" of 1718)
Ostgota (Ostgota kavalleriregemente, Colonel M. Rosenstierna. With the King's Army from 1701. Captured at Poltava and rebuilt 1709-10).
The full cavalry wing: