dinsdag 16 april 2013

The Bavarians

Russian units are now complete, so I can focus on the Bavarian auxiliaries. During the summer months Wittgenstein ably prevented Oudinot to advance on St. Petersburg. As the Grande Armee moved closer toward Moscow the advantage changed hand. Oudinot now became the defender.

The VI Corps of St. Cyr, were sent to augment Oudinot’s II Corps during the late summer of 1812 and strengthen the position around Polotsk. Order of battle at the start of the campaign was as follows:

VI Corps St. Cyr
19th Division General von Siebein
1st Bn. Light Infantry (1), 1st Bav. Line (2), 9th Bav. Line (2)
3rd Bn. Light Infantry (1), 4th Bav. Line (2), 10th Bav. Line (2)
6th Bn. Light Infantry (1), 8th Bav. Line (2)

20th Division General von Wrede
2nd Bn. Light Infantry (1), 2nd Bav. Line (2), 6th Bav. Line (2)
4th Bn. Light Infantry (1), 3rd Bav. Line (2), 7th Bav. Line (2)
5th Bn. Light Infantry (1), 5th Bav. Line (2), 11th Bav. Line (2)

Corps Cavalry General ?
20th Bde: 3rd and 6th Bavarian Chevauxleger
21st Bde: 4th and 5th Bavarian Chevauxleger

The initial order of OG15 Bavarians were enough for two brigades of infantry and corps cavalry. So what you see in the photos are all the cavalry and two battalions of light infantry (2nd and 4th) and four regiments of line infantry (2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th).

An additional pack of Bavarian line plus a pack of artillery should have the VI Corps at a sufficient for the Second Battle of Polotsk. I have extra French Generals that will go through a fashion change, so the command structure will be taken care of.

Next step is to detail the figures; black line and highlighting. End of the week, I should have time for the flags and standards.

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