15 November 2010

So what about Cavalry

Dramatic uniforms, moments of glory, but basically cameo appearances in the real drama of the battles.

Still, if we want to put put the building blocks of a Prussian infantry division, we have to represent the cavalry regiment - 5 to 6 hundred sabers.

As a side note it is truly amazing how many books go onto loving detail about the headcount of a French or Prussian infantry company, but breeze past a cavalry squadron as if everyone knows what that is.

Cavalry divisions seem more variable - 2 brigades generally, plus a battery or two of horse artillery. Sometime three regiments to the Brigade, sometimes two. Sometimes even three brigades. Often of different "types" within the same brigade.

Anyway, I am inclined to represent cavalry regiments as regiments.

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