Late Russian Line Infantry (1812-1815)

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Description

The infantry formed the backbone of all armies in the Napoleonic Wars, but no army relied more on its humble private foot soldier than that of Imperial Russia.

Brave, stubborn and resilient they had to cope with poor conditions, worse supplies and a cadre of mostly incompetent officers. Whenever western observers spent time with the Russian army they were constantly amazed by the sheer tenacity and good humour of the average Russian infantryman in the face of adversity.

The Russians did seem to make use of the bayonet more often than any other army; it suited their character to get stuck in. In addition, the Russian army was usually ill-equipped and the quality of their muskets was generally inferior to that of their enemies'. Bayonets were always reliable!

Recruitment was never a problem for the Russian army. Many of the recruits came from an agricultural background of serfdom, little more than illiterate slaves. The army offered a steady income and regular meals. Any hardship they may suffer was an improvement for many so conscription was not usually seen as a curse. Service was for life, although this was reduced to 25 years after 1805 effectively still a life service in all but name. Upon conscription a man would depart his village as if he were already dead, with ceremonies to that effect such were the slim hopes he would ever return.

This box set is designed to allow you to field one regiment of Russian infantry. The variants in the box allow you to field both musketeers or grenadiers along with a command section to lead them into battle. Also, a selection of flags from a number of regiments is provided so you can get them into the action right away!

Contents:

  • 24 Russian Line Infantry Models:
  • 20 plastic rank & file
  • 4 metal multi-purpose Command
    • 1 Officer
    • 1 Drummer
    • 2 Standard Bearers
  • 2-page background guide
  • 10 full-color flags

Models are supplied unpainted and may require assembly. Bases NOT included.


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