Monday, 23 June 2014

1st Battalion, 2nd Nassau Regiment


2nd [German] Infantry Division 
GdD Jean-Francois, Baron Leval,

Brigade
OB Heinrich, Freiherr von Porbeck,
Baden Infantry Regiment Gross-Herzog Nr. 4: OB Heinrich, Freiherr von Porbeck, 2 battalions
Nassau Infantry Regiment Nr. 2: OB August von Kruse, 2 battalions
Baden Foot Battery: 2 – 7pdr howitzers, MAJ Franz-Friedrich-Christian von Steinmetz

Brigade
GM David-Hendrik Chasse,
Composite Dutch Infantry Regiment: OB Baron de Grave, 2 battalions
Dutch Horse Artillery Battery Nr. 3: 6 guns, HPT Hendrik-Rudolph Trip

Confederation of the Rhine Battalion Nr. 3 (Frankfurt) OBL von Welsch,
Hessen-Darmstadt Foot Batterie: 4 – 6pdrs, LT Ludwig Venator


The Nassau Regiment is the next unit to join my new German Division as part of plans to put together the units for Talavera. As I progress, I will provide links to the order of battle above to enable a review of the individual units completed.


On the 15th of October 1808 the 2nd Nassau Regiment, under the command of Oberst August von Kruse, crossed the Spanish border at Tolosa to begin its campaign in the Peninsular War. The 2nd Nassau regiment would take part in over forty engagements during the campaign. The battles would include Medellin, Talavera, Ocana and Vitoria.

On the 10th December 1813 Kruse, under secret orders from the Duke of Nassau, would lead his men to defect to the Allies and would go on to command his troops against the Emperor at Waterloo under the Duke of Wellington. It is reported the the Duke, familiar with the Nassau's in the Peninsula, spoke to General Kruse before Waterloo saying,

"I hope, General, that your actions today are as clever when you are fighting for me as they were in Spain when you were fighting against me."


Major General August von Kruse, commander of the 2nd Regiment in the Peninsular War


My battalion is composed of figures from the "Warmodelling" range, and the Colour is from Adolfo Ramos Flags.



There are no prizes for spotting the deliberate mistake with this unit, but I thought it might be fun to see if regular, observant, readers of the blog can spot the omission. This should be remedied by the finish of the second battalion when I will reveal all.


11 comments:

  1. Not green enough for my liking JJ. I have the original Men at Arms on this unit & it clearly shows them in fluorescent green..........

    Vince

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    1. Oh you're a hard man to please. Osprey have a lot to answer for. You'll be getting worked up over pom pom colours next

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  2. These are so tempting - ie I want to do some in my fave 28mm scale. Not sure if I can last...
    Keep them coming, really good work beautifully photographed.
    Cheers, Jeremy

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    1. Cheers Jeremy. Go for it, I love seeing your Grand Manner collection en masse.

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  3. Looking very nice Jonathan!

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    1. Thanks Paul. Did I see you arranging to buy some AB Brits on TMP the other day? Is this the prelude to you moving into the Peninsula?

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  4. JJ, I can't find these Nassau on Battlemodels website; CGM do some quite nice ones though. Dreaming of AB releasing them! Can you guide me to where you found yours? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Rupert,
      Captain Games might be a good place to start. Follow this link to take you through to the right page in the e-shop

      http://shop.capitangames.com/index.php?id_category=154&controller=category&id_lang=7

      Hope that helps
      JJ

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    2. Aha! I didn't click 'light infantry'! Thanks. Your thoughts on these figures vs the CGM ones? I worry about the detail and size vs AB.

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    3. You are never going to get anything as good as AB but I think these figures have a lot of character and don't look out of place against AB. You can check out the Pajar Vergara game we ran in December 2015 to see the German Division going up against mainly AB British and Spanish to give you an idea.

      I can't comment on the CGM figures. I have some of their stove pipe British infantry and I am not unhappy with them although the poses look a little rigid for my liking, but again they look OK against AB. If you click on the CGM label in the side bar it will show you my CGM units.

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  5. I agree re. CGM - a touch rigid although they've done a great job of covering the Waterloo campaign nations so quickly. Just worry that Warmodelling lack the level of detail I like - you've done a great job with them though. Maybe I'll work on something else and hope AB brings them out in due course...I've only got a few other corps to paint... :-)

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