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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #300 on: September 10, 2016, 02:11:47 am »
Size wasn't actually that important. It's not like 5 cms more will get you automatically far more likely to get killed then the other person also wearing bright uniforms and a big black hat. Research in the French Registers clearly show men of 'wrong' heights in various units, just like it clearly shows men without the necessary experience being recruited into the Guard.

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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #301 on: September 10, 2016, 02:36:37 am »
It's also a stretch to assume you'd have the same height then as you do now, with a different diet, lifestyle and - probably - genetics.

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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #302 on: September 11, 2016, 09:49:30 pm »
Maybe you would have been this guy  :-\   Let's be honest: Most of us would have been some poor souls like this, dieing for someone who became famous by letting hundreds of thousands of people die for his own greatness.
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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #303 on: September 19, 2016, 01:22:18 am »
Size wasn't actually that important. It's not like 5 cms more will get you automatically far more likely to get killed then the other person also wearing bright uniforms and a big black hat. Research in the French Registers clearly show men of 'wrong' heights in various units, just like it clearly shows men without the necessary experience being recruited into the Guard.

Indeed, some people were sent in the Garde because their officer wanted to get rid of them ! (memories of Coignet)

About the experience, for example the Vélites de la Garde Impériale were specifically unexperimented men, but educated. This education was supposed to led them to an officer charge but first they had to learn to be a ranker in the Garde Impériale. Most of them (as Bourgogne wrote it) were very young men, teamed up with an old grenadier. Most of them saw their first battle at Eylau !


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I like to think that, as in reenactement today, I would have been a light infantryman. I like the scouting duty, the "freedom" of not being oppressed in a big line, the pleasure of a good shot. Technically, i'm too tall to be a light infantry man and would probably end up as a dragoon. Considering I have an education, if I did survived the revolutionary wars, I can imagine I would have been Aide de Camp to a Colonel in 1796-1798. Probably followed by a post in the diplomacy as Caulaincourt. "Only if"  ::)
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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #304 on: October 28, 2016, 12:18:39 am »
Most British officers were insanely in debt.

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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #305 on: October 28, 2016, 12:21:26 am »
Docm30 mentioned that most letters of British officers involved them begging for money because they were betting all the time. Praise be to Docm, our lord and savior.
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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #306 on: October 28, 2016, 04:12:06 pm »
I wonder how many letters he did read. I can imagine a lot of them but most?
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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #307 on: October 29, 2016, 11:42:51 am »
I'd like to see these letters. And did you mean that they were begging their parents and family, or banks and friends?

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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #308 on: October 29, 2016, 09:26:30 pm »
I wonder how many letters he did read. I can imagine a lot of them but most?

True. I can't back this up with hard evidence, so my case is weak anyway.

I'd like to see these letters. And did you mean that they were begging their parents and family, or banks and friends?

Family.

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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #309 on: October 30, 2016, 11:48:10 am »
Oh okay, I'd understand if the officers were impoverished whilst on campaign but it makes sense; there family's have money so it's all good. I thought you meant that most British officers and their family's were fully broke. :P

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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #310 on: January 07, 2017, 12:31:31 am »
A fifer but the only flute id be playing would be the skinflute
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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #311 on: January 07, 2017, 04:34:54 pm »
i reckon i'd have been killed.

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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #312 on: March 09, 2017, 01:59:20 am »
A musician or flag bearer, why not. xd

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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #313 on: April 06, 2017, 03:40:23 pm »
Well I would see myself as a Officer in the Bavarian Army for I am of a small noble family from Bavaria but could also seem myself being a lancer or hussar for I am quite skilled with riding on horses and some what good skills as a swordsman.
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Re: What would you have been?
« Reply #314 on: October 17, 2017, 05:18:38 am »
Dont kid yourself Seergent you'd be the waterboy
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