Sunday, March 5, 2017

Napoleonic Dutch-Belgian Troops

Both the Kingdom of Holland and Belgium were French puppet states and allies for most of the Napoleonic wars. In 1815, the Dutch and Belgians supplied a large contingent of troops to join the British in the Waterloo campaign. Although maligned throughout history as poor-caliber troops, the Dutch-Belgian troops performed solidly in most cases throughout the campaign. At the battle of Quatre Bras, the Dutch-Belgians and Nassau troops held the field against great odds until British and Brunswicker reinforcements arrived. The presence of Dutch-Belgians are critical for any serious 1815 campaign.

My Dutch-Belgians are all 1815-era troops.


1st Dutch-Belgian brigade with attached skirmishers and artillery


2nd Dutch-Belgian brigade with attached skirmishers and artillery