The Prussian Army 1806-15

Welcome

The purpose of this website is to provide information on the Prussian  Army organisation and uniforms throughout the Napoleonic Wars from the  start of the 1806 campaign, which ended in the disastrous defeat at the  twin battles of Jena-Auerstadt, through its re-organisation, its  inclusion as a Corp  in Napoleons Grande Armee that went to Russia  (1812) and then  through the Wars of Liberation (1813-14) and the  Hundred Days campaign (1815). It is not intended to be a military  history of the period, however some comment on both the political events  and the wars are necessary in order to understand  the form and  direction the army took during the period.

 

My particular interest is the period following the reforms and the  re-organisation that took place after the defeat in the 1806 campaign,  therefore please forgive me for concentrating on the post 1806 period.

 

 I have constructed this website as follows, each area will be divided into a number of time lines:

 

  • Organisation - Provides details on the construction of the army and its constituent units
    • Tactics - Information on the tactics and formations used
    • OOB’s - ‘Order of Battle’ for specific battles and campaigns

 

  • General Staff - Organisation and uniforms of the General Staff

 

  • Infantry - This section concentrates on the uniforms and equipment of the various Infantry units deployed by Prussia during the period; they are split into the following categories:
    • Regulars - Guard, Grenadiers, Fusiliers, Musketeers, Jaegars & Schutzen)
    • Reserve
    • Freicorps & Foreign
    • Landwehr
    • Histories - This section provides an insight into history of the various infantry units

 

  • Cavalry - This section concentrates on the uniforms and equipment of the various cavalry units deployed by Prussia during the period they are split into: the following categories
    • Cuirassiers
    • Dragoons
    • Hussars
    • Uhlans
    • Histories - This section provides an insight into the history of the various cavalry regiments

 

  • Artillery - Uniforms and armaments of the artillery
    • Foot
    • Horse
    • Siege

 

  • Support - The non combatants assigned to the army
    • Engineers
    • Train
    • Medical

 

References

Specific references are identified within the text and any non-original artwork includes reference to the original.  There are numerous books available on this subject, however my principle reference materials are listed below and I would recommend them all if you want to know more:

 

  • George F. Nafziger - The Prussian Army 1792-1815 Volume I - The  Infantry. published 1996
  • George F. Nafziger - The Prussian Army 1792-1815 Volume II - The  Guard & Landwehr. published 1996
  • George F. Nafziger - The Prussian Army 1792-1815 Volume III - The  Cavalry & Artillery. published 1996
  •  The Nafziger books are almost exclusively text but contain a tremendous level of detail - the reference sources are enormous many of which are German original texts

 

  • David  G. Chandler:-The Campaigns of Napoleon

 

  • F. N Maude - The Jena Campaign 1806

 

  • Baron Carl von Mffling -  The Memoirs of Baron Von Mffling

 

  • Osprey Men at Arms series - Peter Hofschhroer, & Bryan Fosten
    • 152 - Prussian Line Infantry 1792-1815
    • 149 - Prussian Light Infantry 1792-1815
    • 162 - Prussian Cavalry of the Napoleonic Wars 1 1792-1807
    • 172 - Prussian Cavalry of the Napoleonic Wars 2 1807-1815
    • 192 - Prussian Reserve, Militia & Irregulars Troops  1806-1815
    • Prussian Staff & Specialist Troops 1791 - 1815
  • Osprey Publishing
    • Peter Hofschroer - Prussian Napoleonic Tactics 1792-1815
    • Oliver Schmidt - Prusian Regular Infantryman 1808-15

 

  • D. Nash - The Prussian Army 1808 - 1815
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