Two Small Jacobite Units

I have made two more small Jacobite units, both of which were at Culloden.

The first is Kilmarnock’s Foot Guards.  This was formed by dismounting Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers and Pitsligo’s Horse, so that their horses could be used by the only Squadron of Fitzjames’ Horse which made it to Scotland (the other three Squadrons and all of the horses of that French Regiment being captured by the Royal Navy).

Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers were 50 men (modelled as two figures) and Pitsligo’s Horse 130 men (modelled as four figures).  I had previously modelled these units as mounted, looking like this, with Kilmarnock’s Horse Grenadiers being on the left of the picture and Pitsligo’s Horse on the right.

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Jacobite Siege Artillery

The Jacobites conducted several sieges, but were hampered by the lack of suitable artillery.  This was partially solved by the landing of some heavier French guns in November 1745.  These comprised 2 x 8 pounders, 2 x 12 pounders and 2 x 16 pounders.  I decided to model these on my standard 18th Century ratio of one model per two real guns, so just one of each calibre.  I use different manufacturers models to portray guns of different calibres and mix up carriages and tubes (gun barrels) to suit as shown below:

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6 Pounder Battery

I decided to model a 6 Pounder battery of three models guns, representing six real ones.  As mentioned in my article on 18th Century Artillery, I have used model guns from different manufacturers to represent various calibres.  In the Napoleonic era most nations simplified their gun carriages to a smaller number of sizes, each of which could be used for a range of  calibres.  However, in the 18th Century virtually every increase in calibre was accompanied by a larger gun carriage.

I had previously used IMEX AWI American Artillery pieces to represent British 3 Pounders, as shown on the left of the picture below, and  I have now used the larger Revell SYW Austrian Artillery pieces to represent British 6 Pounders, as shown on the right of the picture below.

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New Military Historical Research Article

I was chatting on the Napoleon Series Forum a few days ago on the subject of Napoleonic Tactical Drills.  It occurred to me that I did have a chapter dealing with this in a book which I began to write some 20 years ago, but never finished.

I have updated all of the diagrams in this particular chapter and it is now published as an article, entitled “Basic Formations and Movement Drills“, within the Tactics Sub-section of the Military Historical Research Section.  This may be accessed via that link or the Top Menu of my webpage.

The article covers the basic tactical structures which changed little, if at all, throughout the 17th, 18th and much of the 19th Centuries.   I acknowledge that I have relied mainly, although not exclusively, on British Regulations, but all nations used very similar tactical drills at this basic level.  I will publish a future article on Tactical Development during the 18th Century.

Military Historical Research articles

I have amended the structure of pages of Military Historical Research articles.  These were all originally in a single section, but the number of articles was getting long, and I have plans to add more in the near future.  I have therefore divided this section into two drop down sub-sections from the main Top Menu.  The new sub-sections are Organisation and Tactics.

Blog Post Categories further amended

Having created some additional Blog Post Categories, I have decided to organise them into a logical hierarchy, with main categories of Historical Eras, Troop Types, Military Historical Research, Terrain and General.  These then have various subcategories as can be seen in the Post Categories side bar.  As my website grows, I think this will make it easier for readers to find blogs which interest them.

Blog Post Categories

I have decided to create some new Blog Post Categories of Command, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Engineers and Logistic.  I have then gone back over all of my posts to date and added these categories to posts as appropriate.  The intention is to make it easier for anyone reading the posts to find a particular subject.

New Military Historical Research Article

I have published a new article in my Military Historical Research section.  It is on Napoleonic Artillery and can be seen here: Napoleonic Artillery.

The article was originally drafted over 20 years ago as part of a book which I never finished.  There is much better research on Napoleonic Artillery available now, such as books by Kevin Kiley, Anthony Dawson, Paul Dawson and Stephen Summerfield.  However, having published articles on my similar old research into Infantry and Cavalry, I thought that I would add this one for completeness.