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|I've noticed that most stuff that can be found easily on the internet regarding the Bavarian Army during the Napoleonic Wars is either incorrect, missing important facts or too simple to be considered as source. After all, the information available on the internet is pitiful! Therefore I've decided to start writing up information here. Eventually I'm going to try and set up a website that includes as much information about this topic as possible.|
Let me point out that I'm not going to post EVERY source I have here. I'm going to link booksources and important pages of historical societies and facilities in Bavaria as well as in the whole world, but I'm not even going to try to give every source here as I simply have too many. Some of my knowledge comes from talking to historicians at the Bavarian Army Museum as well as from personal research in archives etc.
If you have any questions feel free to ask them here and I'm going to try and answer them as good as I can.
Structure of the Bavarian Armed Forces
The Structure of the Bavarian army changed over the course of war. I'm going to post Rosters from 1805, 1809, 1812 and 1814 to show the vast changes that were made. However, have some patience as it is going to take me some time to finish the lists.
By 1811, Bavarian Lineinfantry Regiments were organised in two two bataillons and one reserve bataillon each. Each fieldbataillon had six companies (4 Fusiliercompanies, 1 Grenadiercompany, 1 Schützencompany), while the reserve bataillon had only 4 Fusiliercompanies. One Regiment therefore had a target strength of 2435 Men.
In 1812, Bavaria had 13 Regiments of regular lineinfantry.
Ranks and Numbers
|Oberst (Commandant) |
Musikmeister und Hautboisten
Capitän 1. Klasse
Capitän 2. Klasse
All in all:
Note that 16 Gefreite were sappeurs.
The numbers in front of the Regiment's name are the numbers showing it on the uniformplate.
5a Reg. No. 1 König
5b Reg. No. 2 Kronprinz
5c Reg. No. 3 Prinz Carl
5d Reg. No. 4 Sachsen-Hildburghausen
5e Reg. No. 5 Preysing
5f Reg. No. 6 Herzog Wilhelm
5g Reg. No. 7 Löwenstein-Wertheim
5h Reg. No. 8 Herzog Pius
5i Reg. No. 9 Isenburg
5j Reg. No. 10 Junker
5k Reg. No. 11 Kinkel
5l Reg. No. 13 UniformsLineinfantry