woensdag 12 november 2014

Siege of Willemstad 1793


The look of a French battery at the siege of Willemstad, netherlands, 1793.

Which is an interesting picture as it shows various methods to bombard a city.
On the right the big bombards/houwitzers with their caracteristic fused bombs. In the middle "normal" siege guns which are probably using heated cannonballs as on the left cannonballs are heated to cause fire in the city.
For me it was new, that this last method was used against cities. I thought they were only used for shore batteries against ships.

A sortie against a French battery by the Dutch garrison.

This depicts the sortie on Friday, 15th march 1793 when in total 58 men (3 officers, two sergeants, 2 corporals, 6 artillery men and 45 men) attacked a French battery killing almost all French and made 3 siege guns unusable.

The troops came from the garrison battalions (1st Saksen-Gotha, batallion Bosc de la Calmette).
As the grenadiers of both battalions used bearskin the grenadiers in the back with (probably) mitres are portrayed wrong.

Book about the Dutch Army 1793-1810

Already some time ago, a book appeared on the market called "Dutch troops of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1810" by George Street and Karim van Overmeire.

Long overdue as Dutch troops fought from 1793 up to 1795 against French troops; from 1795 onwards were allied to the French (even becomming part of the French Empire in 1810) and after 1813 were fighting again against France.
Is there new material in the book? Well yes, when you haven't acces to (mostly) Dutch books of this period and for these, imho the book is a good addition to any library about this period.

For me was it a surprise that a lot of material of the earlier period (1793-1795) was taken from our "Alde Garde" website; as is is free information this is fine, a simple mail that they intend to do that I had appreciated more.

But, as I said before, get the book

dinsdag 11 november 2014

Latest 25mm additons by Trent

On the north Star site  appeared three new packs of Trent figures. A new part of the French Revolutionary range called "French Internal Range" and usable for the Vendee or Chouan rebellion and maybe for more uprisings in the aerlier period of the FR.
Possible also usable for the Irish 1798 period?


Imho, these are looking nice.
Hopefully this will lead for more figures of the earlier 1792-1795 period (hint, hint)

zaterdag 3 mei 2014

Het Staatse Leger part IX; at last

As some of you maybe know, it was intended that the historie of the Dutch army (or better The army of the Republic of the United Provinces) from its beginning up to 1795 was put in writing in a collection of books called "Het Staatse Leger".
Started in 1910, up to 1950 8 parts were ready (of which nr VIII consisted of 3 books) but the last period, 1713 up to 1795,  was never finished.
But this last part, of course titled "Het Staatse Leger nr IX" was indeed and at last,  finished  in 2012.
No catchy frontcover, is it?

Following the historie of the Dutch army from 1713 up to 1795, it covers the War of the Austrian Succession, auxiliary corps to help the British in the mid 18th century, the end of the Scottish regiments  in the Dutch army and of course the French Revolutionary War up to 1795.

It's a pity, that for this last part the book leans heavely on the 2 part book of F.H.A Sabron, "De oorlog van 1794-95 op het grondgebied van de Republiek der Vereenigde Nederlanden".
But, al in all, a great book which covers the last part of the army of the Republic  so ending a period.

By the way, the 2 books of Sabron are downloadable from the web.


At least

Maybe You think, I have forgotten my blog Ca Ira.
Honestly, I haven't.
But work commitment and other things which happens in life justt came around and prevented me to give enough attention to this blog but also the other " www.aldegarde.blogspot.com " and of course our website: www.aldegarde.nl .
So a fresh start, hopefully, with new info about the revolutionary period.

greetings
Jan

zondag 25 december 2011

1794 Battle of Boxtel

A book, published at the beginning of this year about an obscure battle, or maybe better a large skirmish, in the 1794 campaign in the Netherlands.
Nothing spectacular happened at this battle but it only happened to be the first battle in which the future Duke of Wellington performed. But it was only a small role.

I like the book because it is about an obscure battle in this period and there are not many books in English about this period.
It is also written with enthousiasme for the events and the FR period, it gives a good description of the battle with various OOB's of the campaign and gives clues how to wargame the battle ( for Black Powder and Volly and Bayonet).
Also mr Wills has given all the references and an extensive bibliography of works and websites he  consulted so if you disagree with all that is written, you can look it up where it came from.

A lot of photos of 15mm French and British troops (Minifigs) are also incorporated. I just wondered how good it would be if 25mm figures would have been in the photos but alas there aren't that many 25mm British FR figures around.
Recommended.

Histoire & Collections books



When talking about the uniforms of the light cavalry of the French revolutionary army you need to look at the H&C books about the Hussars and Chasseurs a cheval. The first one is the first of a series of three books on the hussar arm of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic armies. The book about the chasseurs is the first one of a new serie and just out.
Both are great in my opninion and give good short description of the light cavalry but the best part are the pictures of the uniforms of these dashing cavalrymen.














Also a new book, but only partly about French Revolutionary troops, is the H&C book about the various Guides and Guards. When you want to paint ADC's to various marshals or generals from 1792 onwards, this little book should be on the wishlist
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Last but not least, an older book but if you are into flags of the French armies from 1791 to 1815, this is the book. It gives plates of a lot of flags of the foot regiments of the FR and Napoleonic armies. Have not yet totalled all the flags in it and don't know (yet) if they are complete,  but the wealth of information in it, is great.