Dated: Nov 17, 2001. Last updated June 28, 2002.
French Line Infantry 1800 – 1807
In 1791 a French line battalion consisted of one grenadier and 8 fusilier companies. In 1805 one fusilier company was substituted by a voltigeur company.
This box contains fusiliers, which formed the bulk of the infantry. Contrary to the elite companies (grenadiers and voltigeurs) the fusiliers wore only one cartridge pouch belt with attached bayonet frog. NCOs and corporals wore cross belts, that is one cartridge pouch belt and one for the side arms. In campaign dress trousers were frequently worn over the gaiters. In this period the bicorn was the most common head gear. Officially the shako should have been introduced in 1806 but materialized only in 1808.
The French line infantry at this time was very versatile and could also perform light duties like skirmishing and some of them were even trained to man guns. The French Infantry of this dress won battles like Hohenlinden, Marengo (1800), Austerlitz (1805), Auerstedt, Jena (1806) and Friedland (1807).
Hans-Karl Weiss - Germany
Box, sprue and painted shots.
Above figures painted by Flavio Rossi (Italy).
Above figures painted by Scott MacPhee (USA).
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