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During the Crimean war, one Turkish General or Pascha is said to have brought his entire Harem along. I'm not holding my breath for a complete Strelets set on this topic though.
Except for one=a French woman found dead at Waterloo in the gear of a cuirassier, who had killed fourteen British and Prussian soldiers before herself dying, defending her mortally wounded lover. I do believe that was in the Napoleonic Sourcebook, if I remember correctly.
I dont dispute the bravenes of women but the immense effect on morale of males who feel responsible for protecting females in battle takes a major dive.
A woman/loved one at a distance gives one hope and helps keeps a soldier going when times are tough.To see a woman fall under fire collapses that hope and seemingly brings death/danger closer.
Israeli Defense forces would lose a whole troop out of action/effectiveness due to concern for 1 female casualty in contrast to 1 or two if it was a male casualty.
Now mothers-in-law is a difefrent case chuckle...
I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that women and children should be included in the regular Strelets*R Boxes of 48 figures. There are far too many situations that need to be represented. But, but, but, various eras (Campaigns) could be combined. Here are some suggested sets:
* Talking about, Women, Children, Camp-Followers, Civilians, Villagers, a couple of animals ...
* 1 box could be painted up or converted or used for various eras, ie Pioneers, Wild West, ACW ...
* Combine eras or even centuries for one box.
* Ancients in daily life and camp followers.
* Dark Ages & Medieval Villagers and Camp Followers
* Great Northern War, Napoleonic and Crimean War Civilians and Camp Followers etc ...
* Pioneers, Wild West, American Civil War & Colonial Women and Children fighting off Indians in a Wagon Circle or Lagaar, defending the Cavalry Fort, defending their cabins/homes, tending to wounded, reloading rifles, preparing camp meals, etc ...
* World War I & II Civilians evacuating villages, towns, tending to wounded, daily life civilians.
I just feel that there are too many situations that should be represented, and the Mini sets of 12 poses only are far too few. But combining eras or centuries would be a higher use of moulds.
As stated at Waterloo there were civilians present during the battle, including the Duke of Ricmond and his son. There were certainly civilian looters present after the battle as well as tourists who came to view the field the next day. However, I think the best civilian set would be camp followers, very useful for portraying an army on the move, including wives, women of ill repute, tradesmen, traders and others.