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  1. Forlorn Hope Did soldiers who survived volunteering for the forlorn hope in breaching sieges get any kind of formal or regimental recognition i.e. a badge. I remember reading in one of the Bernard Cornwall novels that there was some kind of badge worn on the sleeve. Did this really exist and if so what did it actually look like and are there any surviving examples left ?
  2. hello all, I would like to know if there was any General who fought in a battle ( or several battles) directly against troops under Napoleon direct command and remained undefeated, besides Wellington?? thanks in advance Humberto
  3. Gentlemen, At the urging of a fellow member, I would like to present a thread dedicated to the Napoleonic era awards of the Imperial German states. We often feel a comfort level by concentrating on World War I and then, to varying degrees over time, work our way back through the Colonial and African campaigns to the Franco-Prussian War; but rarely go further than the war of 1866. The Napoleonic era awards reflect things that were to come. Some of the states and entities of that time (Anhalt-K?then, Hannover, Hessen-Kassel...) no longer existed, as such, by 1870; but their influence often lived on. From here, we work our way forward - it is hard to know where you are going, if you don?t know where you have been. Because of the extended time period and the relatively low number of awards, coupled with the fact that a comparatively low number of awards even existed at the time, these awards tend to be rare. Most of the orders which we admire so much were founded after this time; and, for the most part, the concept of civil merit medals, lifesaving medals and and long service decorations was yet to be embraced by all. So, I would like to invite all who have the interest and good fortune to have any of these decorations to share them with us. I will start with a Hannoverian Waterloo medal; Hannover being one of the states which ceased to exist by 1870 - having been on the losing side in the War of 1866; and subsequently being absorbed by Prussia. This medal, shown with a piece of original ribbon, was awarded to Soldat Johann Herwig of the Landw. Batt. Muenden. This reflects a nice feature of Hannoverian medals - the recipient?s name and title or military unit is impressed on the rim of the medal. This example has what is probably its original clasp and suspension ring, which is very rare. This clasp arrangement just did not hold up over time (especially in the case of recipients who spent time bouncing around on horses); hence the vast majority of these medals sooner or later wound up with replacement suspension devices, the variety of which really runs he gamut. Again, please join in and best wishes, Wild Card
  4. <b>Battle of the Nile Napoleon's Lost Fleet An Eyewitness Account of the Battle of the Nile August 1, 1798</b>
  5. Hello, A new addition. I've never heard of this so I can't wait to read it. Propaganda wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McFingal McFingal: a modern epic poem. Or, The town-meeting is a mock epic poem written by American poet John Trumbull. This canto, about 1500 lines, contains some verses from Thomas Gage's Proclamation, published in the Connecticut Courant for the 7th and the 14th of August 1775; it portrays a Scottish Loyalist, McFingal, and-his Whig opponent, Honorius, evidently a portrait of John Adams. This first canto was divided into two, and with a third and a fourth canto was published in 1782. thanks, barry
  6. As we have such a good thread going on Bonaparte's awards how about listing the Iron Dukes Awards?
  7. Hello readers. I recently acquired this Knights Cross of the Legion of Honor which is said to have belonged to a Saxon officer and bestowed to him during the time of Saxony's alliance with Napoleon I A maker's mark on ribbon ring but cannot be identified. Something to add to my very few items in memory of the Emperor Napoleon I. Bernhard H. Holst
  8. A few days ago - 19 Oct - was the anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown. Here's a bit of trivia for you... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/18/AR2010101803877.html?wprss=rss_world/europe
  9. Just Wondering!!! I'm still missing a few Marechals... thanks, barry
  10. Surgeon J. J. Beyer of Brunswick Oels Light Infantry was one of 27 recipients of the British Military General Service Medal with bar "Vittoria." Just passed through on the latest circuit of the Traveling Circus. All additional information much appreciated since I am only the Epson-Operator. There were 10,244 bars awarded for Vittoria (21 June 1813) which rather puts the miniscule Brunswick presence in perspectie, doesn't it?
  11. Another Epsonization project as the Traveling Museum passed through. Original ribbons too. 1) Guelphic Medal: Named to Feldwebel Carl Dieck von der J?ger Garde 2) British Waterloo Medal: Named to Colour Serjeant Charles Dieck 1st Light Battalion King's German Legion 3) British General Service Medal: named to Serjeant Charles Dieck 1st Light Battalion KGL with bars Albuhera (16 May 1811: 2,413 bars of which 111 to Dieck's battalion) Salamanca (22 July 1812: 6,791/108) Vittoria (21 June 1813: 10,244/124) St. Sebastian (17 July-8 September 1813: 2,619/113) Nivelle (10 November 1813: 5,184/114) Nive (9-13 December 1813: 4,680/116) 4) Hanoverian Medal (1841) for King's German Legion Volunteers 1803-1814 (unnamed) More on the Guelphic Medal below
  12. Scanned by Yrs Truly as this passed through with the Traveling Museum. OK, so the only battle he "missed" was Fuentes d'Onor-- but only 4 KGL artillerymen later got bars for that battle. More accurately, 11 of 11 bars to enlsted KGL artillerymen except for those stray four. It was a trick title. Bars from bottom up = Talavera (27-28 July 1809: 3,107 bars of which 58 to this branch of the KGL) Busaco (27 September 1810: 3,522/51) Albuhera (16 May 1811: 2,413/53) Ciudad Rodrigo (8-19 January 1812: 3,208/23) Badajoz (17 March and 6 April 1812: 3,595/9) Salamanca (22 July 1812: 6,791/48) Vittoria (21 June 1813: 10,244/52) Pyrenees (28 July-2 August 1813: 6,331/32) St. Sebastian (17 July-8 September 1813: 2,619/32) Orthes (27 February 1814: 5,597/45) Toulouse (10 April 1814: 8,309/56)
  13. Hello, I just finished this book and it's a keeper. If anyone is looking for a good read on the Peninsular War I'd go with this one. It also has a fantastic appendix on all armies involved. thanks, barry
  14. Is it possible that anyone here would know how to confirm a person as a casualty or not on a Brunswick waterloo medal named to HEINR MUELLER. 3. IAEG.BAT. thanks Matthew
  15. Frederick Nels of the 1st Hussars, King's German Legion received 11 bars of the 15 possible for his regiment. No one else from his regiment survived to receive more than 11 bars for Peninsular battles. FIFTEEN 11 bars in 1850. Fast forward to Anno Domini 2009. Please find me the other 14 and report back to the well-paid but appallingly indifferent editors and compilers of the Official British Price Guides, wilya? Magically Epsonized for the Traveling Museum. Talavera (27-28 July 1809: 3,107 bars total, of which 81 to this regiment) Busaco (27 September 1810: 3,522/72) Fuentes d'Onor (5 May 1811: 1,023/71) Ciudad Rodrigo (8-19 January 1812: 3,208/66) Salamanca (22 July 1812: 6,791/74) Vittoria (21 June 1813: 10,244/69) Pyrenees (28 July-2 August 1813: 6,331/73) Nivelle (10 November 1813: 5,184/83) Nive (9-13 December 1813: 4,680/5) (EASY: ONLY HAVE TO FIND OTHER FOUR for Official Price Guides! ) Orthes (27 February 1814: 5,597/74) Toulouse (10 April 1814: 8,309/74)
  16. I have been mulling over a project-- since Daniel has no WW1 award rolls for me to type at the moment-- of producing a computerized Master List of KGL Medals, documenting what collections and sales they came out of for a "genealogy" of provenances/attributions. From some of the other medals seen here at GMIC, can do that back to the 1870s. That might help reunite split pairs et cetera by knowing what actually still IS Out There. I have a feeling that the numbers ISSUED at the end of the 1840s are not at all close to the fraction REMAINING IN EXISTENCE TODAY. If anyone has sales catalogs from WHENEVER showing any, please post the medal details including catalog date, item number, and sale price here. Actual scans of the pages would be best. I will add them to my accumulating Master List and when it is large enough, will post it here at GMIC. I am always stunned to read that 17--or 3-- of any specific battle bars were issued to surviving veterans of a unit... 160 years ago. But how many STILL EXIST? Herr Finkam stated in 1901 that there had only been a total of 1,230 issued TOTAL... so how many HUNDREDS survive? :catjava:
  17. Exhibition La berline de Napoléon, le mystère du butin de Waterloo in the Musée National de la Légion d'honneur in Paris from 7March until 8 July 2012 http://www.musee-leg...id=1#compo29289 The catalog 40 euro see http://www.albin-mic...N=9782226208132 Guy
  18. Hi all, Been taking a bit of time surfing today and came on this one that I thought might be of interest. Fascinating article. Just wish they had pics. Perhaps they'll end up making another documentary down the road. http://www.vilnius.lt/new/en/vadovybe.php?...=149&id=110 Old Nappy's men certainly paid a high price for his invading Russia. Dan
  19. Thought that this had to be saved for posterity. Such a nice set for an veteran of the front in Tirol, the campaign against Russia and the march against his former employers. One of the 10 000 germans of the original 90 000 that surived the harsh winter and brutal conditions on the russian plains and were alive to be awarded the bavarian commerative in 1848 and the St Helena from Napoleon III in 1857. Would say that he atleast had reached his late sixties.
  20. Hello readers: A small volume contains a lot of interesting subjects and is titled " Des Koenigs Deutsche Legion, 1803 bis 1816. Darstellung ihrer inneren Verhaeltnisse" by Oberst a.D. Bernhard von Poten, 1905, Or " The Kings German Legion, Description of its internal conditions." Appeared as the Eleventh Supplement to the Militaer-Wochenblatt in 1905 and was reprinted by the Biblio publisher in 1984. The author makes an interesting listing of the frequency of names prominent in Hanover among the officer corps as follows: - 16 with the name of Meyer (surprise, surprise); -13 named von der Decken as well as Heise ; -10 named von Hodenberg; -9 von Uslar; -8 Baring; -7 each von Doering and Poten; ( the last one with 6 brothers and one cousin, the latter as the only officer of the Legion participating in the Battle of Nations , also called the Battle of Leipzig. This has already been mentioned. Assigned to the 7th Line Btl. Served as interpreter with the British Rocket Battery; -the name of Scharnhorst appears twice. I am certain that some bells may ring reading the above. During the last years of its existence officers with English names appear more frequently on the rolls, apparently from families unable to come up with the considerable amounts of money necessary to support a career in the British forces. At the time of its dissolution there were still a total of 775 in its ranks of a grand total of 1350 who were entered on the rolls.the attrition was as follows: Died in action or of wounds 105; died at sea 28. Died of illness 115. pensioned off as invalid 88. Resigned without pension 136. Stricken from the rolls because AWOL 28. Were gazetted but did not enter active service 24. Transferred to British regiments or to staff positions 44. Discharged under military law 7 of which 4 were paymasters. Bernhard H. Holst
  21. There are not many online discussions in English about GENUINE First Empire Legion d'Honneur awards, so I thought I would start one with the hope of getting some english-speaking French experts to contribute to this thread. Recently, a 1st Empire LdH Chevalier example sold on Ebay-France for a stunning 2620 Euros (about 3400 USD) with 39 bids. The example was identified as a creation of the jeweler Martin Biennais on the basis of a hallmark on the top ring. Here are some photos of this award and a closeup of the hallmarks:
  22. Hello everyone, I am just starting out collecting items from the Napoleonic Wars as well from the Second French Empire. I pick up this piece from Spain and it was found out in a field. I was wondering if anyone would happen to know if it was Spanish or French ( like I have been told it was.) and does it date from that period or sometime later? I was also told that it was for an ammo pouch.
  23. Hello, I know that most Napoleonic items are very expensive, but Napoleonic prints are one way one can collect and not take alot out of the wallet. The prints range in time around 1830-1900 with some black and white while other are hand colored with a price between $20-$50. They can be battle scenes or portraits. I find them to be one of the best ways to collect from this period. Anyway here are some I have... thanks, barry Marshal Lannes duc de Montebello
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