Monday 16 August 2010

More 1866 Germans

At the battle of Langensalza. Presumably on the Prussian side.

1 comment:

  1. Ralph,

    Yes, it was. According to John Pocock’s Langensalza 1866 – Hanover’s Last Stand “This state [Saxe-Coburg-Gotha] does not merit a mention in Captain H.M. Hozier’s ‘Seven Weeks War’ because its contingent was so small as to be insignificant. In 1866 it consisted of just two infantry battalions. Fate however cast it in a much more significant role since it just happened that the escape route of the Hanoverian Army lay through this sylvan backwater and virtually the only military force in place was these two battalions.

    In 1861 a military convention had been signed between Prussia and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha since which time this contingent had largely conformed to the Prussian model in organisation, training and equipment even down to the Dreyse rifles that they carried.”