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Re: Light Infantry Companies
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2014, 09:17:50 pm »
But, apart from Britian, those light infantry units were there own independent formations. Prussia never actually adopted light companies - Instead they had a 'light batallion', one of the three batallions of every regiment.

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Re: Light Infantry Companies
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2014, 07:18:41 am »
Alright, thankyou folks for the info!
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Re: Light Infantry Companies
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2014, 06:59:36 pm »
Forgive the double post. But did highlander units have light companies during the American Revolution?
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Re: Light Infantry Companies
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2014, 07:01:21 pm »
I believe they did. Every British unit had a light and a grenadier company.

I've seen pictures of the 42nd's Grenadier Coy (they had bearskins instead of bonnets and they had shoulder wings) during the Seven years War
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Re: Light Infantry Companies
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2014, 06:31:06 pm »
Yep. Something that has struck me is seance beginning my Rev War interest not long ago is how often Britian detached its flank companies for special assignments. It was the light companies that were sent ahead of the main British force and started the Battle of Lexington and Concord and it was exclusively the Flank Companies that fought at Bunker Hill.

However going onto the earlier topic in the Napoleonic Wars Prussia did in fact have its own light troops at the company lever. During the 1813 and 1814 campaign nearly every line battalion had a company of volunteer Jagers attached to them that would serve the same role as a Voltigeur company in a French bat. or a light company in a British bat.
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Of course, I also think lines should be able to move in double rank without having emotional breakdowns.

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Re: Light Infantry Companies
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2014, 06:48:54 pm »
Well, yeah, but that was not an integrated part of the regiment.

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Re: Light Infantry Companies
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2014, 07:22:29 pm »
Define what you mean integrated. Were marched, fight and camped with the battalion and were essentially apart of it accept in name. 
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Re: Light Infantry Companies
« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2014, 07:33:56 pm »
Integrated as in it fell under the command structure, the men were considered part of the regiment and without them the regiment would be considered incomplete. None of this applies for those companies. Voluntarily J├Ągers were considered part of their company and as such added to an infantry regiment, and were commanded by a captain who fell only under the CO of the regiment. They weren't part of the regiment. Plus, they were disbanded after the war.