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It’s been a while since we’ve seen some Napoleonics. The figures themselves look quite detailed and really well sculpted. I do understand the other’s complaints about the lack of bayonets though. That being said I do have a genuine historical question: How often and under what circumstances would Napoleonic infantry fight without a bayonet attached?
Good question. I suppose rifle-armed troops would not have their bayonets fixed and if I remember correctly the British and KGL rifles didn't have the standard bayonet but a sword bayonet that was only fixed when the unit was required to act as regular infantry. Not sure about other nations rifles though. I think bayonets were fixed to muskets as a standard at least if an action was imminent, but then again, I can't tell if this was the drill with every nation. I know that many units had the bayonets fixed due to lack of equipment (viz. a bayonet scabbard), which must have been the case with many French units in 1813/14. The Russians used a variety of muskets, both imported and homemade. Given Suvarovs preference for the bayonet they may have had bayonets attached as a rule, but I don't know for sure.
Good to see some Napoleonics again! Russian Jagers in greatcoats I believe? Very nice figures Strelets!
However, as others have pointed out. It really would be better if bayonets are fixed. Then at least the customer can choose to either leave them on or remove them.
That being said, light troops may not of always had them fixed, depending on the unit and if they had rifles etc. Specialist riflemen/sharpshooters probably would leave the bayonet off as I imagine it affected the balance of the firearm....something a sharpshooter would not want when wanting to be as accurate as possible. Units such as the British 95th, Brunswick Jagers or Prussian Jagers for example would fit into this catagory. If the Russian Jagers fit into this total skirmish/sharpshooter unit catagory, then maybe bayonets are not so important. Of course there were times when they would of had them, such as at Waterloo, when one of the 95th rifle battalions was in square. But this was not the norm.
There are light troops however who definitely would have had bayonets fixed. The British light regiments such as the 43rd, 51st, 52nd & 71st, while trained in skirmishing techniques, were still basically musket equipped line infantry.
French light infantry functioned the same as their British counterparts....just line infantry with extra skirmish training.
The 95th had the sword bayonet due to Baker rifles being shorter than a standard musket, so a longer bayonet was required. Being a type of "sword" meant the 95th probably used them more like that in close quarters, rather than actually fixed.
Thanks for the detailed response Flambeau. With that in mind it’s even more curious as to why Strelets doesn’t include equipped bayonets on these men.
Good to see Russian Napoleonics in greatcoats, although as has been said here and often before...they need fixed bayonets! There must surely be a way of providing a generic musket and bayonet former for the sculptor which can be used for the Napoleonic sets, British, Russian, etc etc.
Overall though, fine figures. I'd certainly buy some of these.
Wishing all at Strelets, a safe weekend to you and yours.
Wonderful to see more of these Russian jägers in greatcoats.
Development of your new sets continues. Outstanding and amazing.
All the best and regards, James
Dearest Strelets Team,
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