Brunswick Troops 1809-15 (Men-at-Arms, Volume 167) by Otto Von Pivka

By Otto Von Pivka

Because the sour defeats and lack of territory of 1805, Austria have been difficult at paintings overhauling and increasing her army laptop. In 1808, the Austrian govt felt that with the outbreak of the Spanish warfare, Napoleon may have an excessive amount of to do in an effort to commit huge forces to house them. On February twenty fifth, 1809, Friedrich Wilhelm of Brunswick entered into an contract with the Austrians to elevate a corps of infantry and cavalry to struggle along them as they invaded his outdated domain names, elevating the inhabitants opposed to their French rulers and exacting a long-awaited revenge at the hated Napoleon.

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Within the British Army the “Six Old Corps” and Royal regiments were permitted to display special regimental badges on their colors and drums, in this instance the harp of legendary Irish hero Brian Boru. Whatever pattern of colored lines a regiment might adopt for its lace, its sergeants always wore plain white worsted tape as a further distinction of rank, this in addition to the sergeant's waist sash bearing a central stripe of the unit facing color. The grenadier company sergeant at left illustrates this point, as well the epaulettes worn by flank companies.

It’s largest engagement was at Eutaw Springs after which it continued rearguard harassment operations to cover the removal of other Regular and Loyalist troops to December, 1782 at which time the 19th was itself removed to Barbados, then to Jamaica. Brief though its stay, the regiment saw its fair share of sharp action. Facings of the 19th were green, buttons in pairs. The regiment was widely known as “Howard’s Greens” or more commonly “The Green Howards” after their former colonel, Sir Charles Howard circa 1740.

The left-hand battalion company figure wears his cocked hat front to back, a not unusual practice in America which likely afforded better vision when firing at will. His coat has been cut down to light infantry length, lace loops removed as scant concession to personal visibility at distance. His waist coat is trimmed in red as occasionally done by light infantry units. Cuff buttons are arrayed in vertical pattern. The 9th wore light yellow-orange facings, buttons in pairs. As always the facing color was best displayed to advantage in the regimental color held by the ensign second from right.

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