Russian Infantry Battalion 1812

The  Battalion of 1812 was composed of four Companies, one Grenadier and three Musketeer companies. In the Grenadier Company the first platoon consisted of Grenadiers and the second of Jagërs.

Each company had three officers, a cadet, seven NCOs, three drummers and 141 men formed on 50 files and 3 ranks occupying a frontage of 90 feet when deployed in Line. The most experienced men usually were in the front rank, the rear ranks was filled with reliable soldiers and the middle one with new ones of doubtful quality.

Russian Company in Line

Grenadier Companies were numbered the same as its Battalion while Musketeer Companies were numbered sequentially all over the regiment. For example, the 1st Battalion comprised the 1st Grenadier Company and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Musketeer Companies while the 2nd Battalion included the 2nd Grenadier Company and the 4th, 5th and 6th Musketeer Companies.

When the Battalion formed in Line the Grenadier Platoon formed up on the right flank, the Jäger Platoon on the left flank and the Musketeer Companies in the middle; for that reason the Musketeer Companies were also known as Center Companies.

Russian Battalion in Line

The Grenadier and Jäger Platoons formed in the back when the Battalion used a Column of Companies formation; there were several Column formations depending on the width (Company, Platoon), the distance between elements (normal, closed) and where the Battalion staff was located (on the right, on the middle).

Russian Battalion in Column of Companies

Russians like others used Square formations against Cavalry even if they considered it too dangerous for Europe due to the large number of artillery pieces.

Anatomy of a Battlefront Panzer Grenadier

Front View

Back View

This is a close view of one of my Battlefront Panzer Grenadiers showing its more important details. In my experience Battlefront manages to keep a fairly consistent quality in all its figures which is something quite good in fact.In the pictures you can easily distinguish the following features:
  • Helmet, the model introduced in 1935 with the characteristic skirt first introduced in the 1916 model
  • Mauser Kar 89k, a 7.92mm bolt action rifle widely issued to infantry all through the war
  • Ammo Pouches, made from leather, usually black, and showing three pockets to hold 89k cartridges
  • Field Bottle, to carry water, with a small cup attached on top
  • Mess Tin, a cooking pot made of two separate metal pieces
  • Gas Mask Canister, carrying the gas mask itself, the gas cape, spare lenses and other related items
  • Shelter Quarter, a triangular piece of cloth to be used as a sleeping tent
  • Bread Bag, used to carry rations, eating utensils and other personal items
  • Entrenching Tool, infantry men’s best friend, a shovel with a foldable spade

Russian 1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment 1812

1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment in Line

The Smolensk Infantry Regiment under command of Major General Mikhailovich Kolyubakin was part of the 1st Brigade 12th Division during the Battle of Borodino on September 7th, 1812

The 1st Battalion included the 1st Grenadier Company and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Musketeer Companies; the Grenadier Company was organized into a Grenadier Platoon and a Marksmen Platoon.

All Musketeer Companies of the 1st Battalion weared white sword accorns and green inside white shako pompons. The sword loops were white for the 1st Company, blue for the 2nd and orange for the 3rd.

The Grenadier Platoon weared red sword loops and shako pompons while the Marksmen Platoon showed yellow sword loops and shako pompons.

1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment in Column

1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment in Square

1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment in Square