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Prussian Army Resources

With the imminent publication of my article in Wargames Illustrated about buiklding a late-Napoleonic Prussian wargames army, I thought it was about time I created a Prussian resources page to accompany the Saxon one that I’ve already done.

I full expect this page to grow and evolve over time, so let me know if you want to suggest and additions or improvements.

Knötel uniform plates

One of the best researched and most beautifully illustrated uniformology resources is the series of plates painted by the father-and-son Knötel team. Just search through the page for “Preußen”.

Infantry

Knotel Band 1 Plate 24 Knotel Band 2 Plate 18 Knotel Band 10 Plate 2 Knotel Band 11 Plate 36 Knotel Band 12 Plate 31 Knotel Band 13 Plate 21 Knotel Band 13 Plate 28 Knotel Band 13 Plate 31 Knotel Band 15 Plate 43 Knotel Band 16 Plate 41 Knotel Band 17 Plate 37 Knotel Band 18 Plate 11 Knotel Band 18 Plate 24 Knotel Band 20 Plate 8

Cavalry

Knotel Band 1 Plate 39 Knotel Band 1 Plate 47 Knotel Band 2 Plate 19 Knotel Band 2 Plate 29 Knotel Band 7 Plate 9 Knotel Band 7 Plate 18 Knotel Band 7 Plate 26 Knotel Band 7 Plate 35 Knotel Band 11 Plate 16 Knotel Band 11 Plate 19 Knotel Band 12 Plate 29 Knotel Band 13 Plate 1 Knotel Band 13 Plate 3 Knotel Band 15 Plate 15 Knotel Band 17 Plate 28 Knotel Band 17 Plate 36

Artillery

Knotel Band 4 Plate 47 Knotel Band 16 Plate 2 Knotel Band 19 Plate 31

Freikorps and national cavalry

Knotel Band 1 Plate 19 Knotel Band 1 Plate 28 Knotel Band 2 Plate 7 Knotel Band 2 Plate 8 Knotel Band 2 Plate 25 Knotel Band 3 Plate 13 Knotel Band 3 Plate 38 Knotel Band 3 Plate 43 Knotel Band 10 Plate 39 Knotel Band 12 Plate 19 Knotel Band 12 Plate 57 Knotel Band 14 Plate 13 Knotel Band 14 Plate 27 Knotel Band 15 Plate 51 Knotel Band 15 Plate 57

Staff

Knotel Band 16 Plate 51

Knötel and Lezius Sturm cigarette cards

From an extensive German cigarette card collection of German uniforms created by Herbert Knötel and Martin Lezius.

Line infantry

Standard bearer, 1st East Prussian regiment (IR1) Officer 1st Pommeranian regiment (IR2) Drum major (?) 2nd East Prussian regiment (IR3) Grenadier 3rd East Prussian regiment (IR4) Musketeer 4th East Prussian regiment (IR5) Musketeer 1st West Prussian regiment (IR6) Hornist 2nd West Prussian regiment (IR7) Fusilier Lieb regiment (IR8) Freiwilliger Jäger Colberg regiment (IR9) Officer 1st Silesian regiment (IR10) Standard bearer 2nd Silesian regiment (IR11) Musketeer Brandenberg infantry regiment (IR12)

Reserve infantry

1st reserve infantry regiment 2nd reserve infantry regiment 3rd reserve infantry regiment 4th reserve infantry regiment 5th reserve infantry regiment 6th reserve infantry regiment 7th reserve infantry regiment 8th reserve infantry regiment 9th reserve infantry regiment 10th reserve infantry regiment 11th reserve infantry regiment 12th reserve infantry regiment

Landwehr infantry

[Lots more to follow!]

Jugel/Wolf 1813-17 Prussian uniform plates

I’ll add these in a future update to this page.

Prussian reserve infantry 1813-15

Written by Robert Mantle and published as a pamphlet for the Napoleonic Association in the late 1970s. This is a useful reference but should be treated with a little caution due to its age and also because the subject of the reserve infantry regiments is notoriously complex. The Napoleon Series site now hosts an online version of this work; here are links to each section:

Books

I’ll add a list of useful books in a later update.

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15 Responses to “Prussian Army Resources”

  1. Gaz said

    I’m not creeping, it’s a pretty damn good page. The only improvement would be to get hold of a copy of the Nash book from the 70’s.

  2. Robert Mantle said

    Many thanks for mentioning my ‘Prussian Reserve Infantry’ It is over 30 years old and I’m sure I could write one twice the length now!

    I agree about David Nash’s classic – my knowledge of the Prussian Army increased 300% when i bought a copy back in 1972!

    • Gaz said

      Cor, I’ve had that book for years, when the NA published it. Excellent piece of work. Now I can say I’ve (sort of) met you too!

      ;O)

      • Robert Mantle said

        Many thanks for that. If I was writing it today, I’d have left out some of the ‘purple passages’ – they sound a bit arrogant these days and I’ve learnt a lot more since 1975! Now Calpe have produced accurate Reserve Infantry, I shall have to get around to painting a few —-

  3. Gaz said

    BTW, there’re a lot of the Nash plates and information here: http://uniform-evolution.0catch.com/prussia_index.html , but it’s infested with pop-ups. Worth a look though.

  4. Subedai said

    I would agree with Gaz. As an ardent follower of the Prussian Army since I began wargaming in the early 70’s I have a copy of both of those books. Anyone interested in the later Prussians should try and get hold of a copy of the Nash book, published by Almark in ’72. Who has the copyright, anyone know? Could it be reprinted?

  5. I too have the Nash book, purchased while I was still at secondary school. That’s a long l-o-n-g time ago now!!! It was/is certainly a brilliant book for all the information it crammed into its petite frame. I don’t think I saw such a comprehensive book for any other nation all those years ago. A true god send as there wasn’t much to be had on the Prussians in that dark dim past. It is not perfect though and apparently contains errors but overall a very useful tome. It was so useful that mine is falling to bits due to overuse.

    Another useful book from the past was/is Prussian Landwehr and Landsturm – 1813-1815 by Peter Hofschroer. Published by RAFM back in 1984 I think.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

  6. Martin said

    Wow! Thank you all for your comments here. That’s a really fast set of responses on what, by my own admission, is a far from finished piece of work.

    @Gaz: feel free to keep creeping away but there’s plenty yet to add here 🙂

    @Robert: I’m delighted to include a link to the online version of your pamphlet. It’s a privilege to discover that you are a BfK reader.

    @Everybody: I have the Nash (I bought a hardback copy secondhand some years ago) and until recently it remained the most complete work on the subject published in English but it does have a number of errors. To be fair though, at the time, the correct information was probably not readily available to the author. Incidentally, the book that first introduced me to wargaming when I was a boy was also written by David Nash: “Wargames” published by Hamlyn in 1974. It’s still here on the bookshelves of the BfK study. I would say that the Nash book is now superceded by Dr. Stephen Summerfield’s two volumes published earlier this year by Caliver Books.

    @von Peter: Yep – Peter Hofschroer’s book (also out of print) is one that I refer to often for details of the Landwehr. It’s a super little volume.

  7. Dear Robert Mantle
    It is wonderful to have the chance to be able to talk to you. I have two copies of this rare book that started me on my Prussian Army voyage of discovery back in 1985 when I started painting figure for my mentor Gerry Groombridge who taught me wargaming well enough to win my first National Competition at the first attempt.

    The Prussian Army is among the most facinating of armies showing the articulation that was standard only in the 20th century. It is interested the rule of three that was later adopted by the Russians the modern era.

    Currently finishing the Saxon Artillery 1733-1827 book for Partizan Press. If people would like to look at a draft then please contact me as I would like feedback and corrections. It will be about 200 pages and packed with scale drawings. I am looking forward to seeing the completed Saxon Ordnance that were taken from the plans produced for the book. Also finishing 1:60 scale plans on card for the Saxons, Bavarians, Hessen Kassel, Wurtemberg and Westphalia starting with the Saxons.

    I have been very busy in writing books and reprints including
    Summerfield (2009) Saxon Artillery 1733-1827, 2nd Edition, Partizan Press [In final draft]
    Adye (1813 rp 2009) Bombardier and Pocket Gunner, 7th Edition, Partizan Press
    Summerfield S (2009) Prussian Infantry 1808-40, Volume 1 & 2, Partizan Press
    Summerfield (2009) Dupin’s British Napoleonic Ordnance, DP&G
    Summerfield ed (2009) William Swabey Campaign Diary 1807-15, DP&G
    Summerfield S and Dawson PL (2008) French Artillery to 1824: Gribeauval, AnXI and Drill Manual, DP&G

    Again thanks for your support
    Stephen

  8. Jim Pitts said

    I also have had the Nash book for a long time. I’ve used it so much while painting my old Scruby and MiniFig Prussians that the pages are separating from the binding!

    Jim

  9. Rob said

    With the Sturm cigarette cards, does anyone know if there is a recent or widely available hardcopy collection of them? Either as prints or as a book?

    Thanks for any info,

    Rob

  10. David said

    Found your page as a result of your article. Impressive resource.

    Article was an eye opener for me. I’ve been interested in napoleonics for over 20 years, but had not realised the sophistication of the Prussian approach. Like many others, I’d always skipped over the Prussians. Good to learn how wrong I was!

    Useful list of sources. How does Rawkins stack up as a source ?

    • Martin said

      Glad you enjoyed the article, David. I don’t know the Rawkins material well enough to comment on its quality as a source. Which serves to remind me that I need to make some additions and updates to this page – I’ve still got a lot more I can include here.

  11. Mark N Willetts said

    G’day Gents,
    A happy new year to you all.

    Although only a humble lurker on this forum, I come begging advice. I want to represent a 12-figure battalion of the I/4 RIR [the one with the captured French uniforms [habit-veste, single row of buttons]. Can anyone advise me on suitable figures for the rank and file, please?

    I use Calpe figures for all my 28 mm Prussians and use the good Dr S. S’s as my primary references. I also have all of the Osprey stuff, Nash and Smith. I also have RM’s work consolidated from the Nap-series site.

    Cheers, Mark Willetts (Sydney, Australia)

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