Monday, February 27, 2017

Napoleonic Bavarian Troops

The Kingdom of Bavaria was formed in 1805 from the electorate of Bavaria. One of France's primary German allies, the Bavarians formed the largest German contingent of Napoleon's forces until 1813. In October of 1813, Bavaria switched sides to the allies as Napoleon's forces lost the field at Leipzig. Attempting to block Napoleon's retreat from Leipzig, the Bavarian forces were swept aside easily at Hanau.

Bavarian troops had a reputation of reliability and were quite solid troops, although their performance in battle was rarely spectacular. Due to its size and politically stability, Bavaria was one of Napoleon's most faithful allies......until 1813.


Bavarian cavalry, made up of Dragoons and Chevaulegers


1st Bavarian brigade, with attached skirmishers and artillery


2nd Bavarian brigade, with attached skirmishers and artillery