Best/favourite Napoleonic infantry?

Chose 3 favourite/best Napoleonic infantries

  • French guard (old, middle, young)

    Votes: 22 47.8%
  • French line (including grenadiers)

    Votes: 7 15.2%
  • French light

    Votes: 3 6.5%
  • Prussian guard

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Prussian line (musketeers and grenadiers)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Prussian Landwehr

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Prussian Jäger

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Austrian grenadiers

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Austrian line

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Austrian Grenzer

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Austrian Jäger and Landwehr

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Russian Guard

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Russian line (grenadiers and musketeers)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Russian Jäger

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Russian militia

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • British line (including guard regiments)

    Votes: 7 15.2%
  • British light

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • British rifles

    Votes: 12 26.1%
  • Highland regiments

    Votes: 4 8.7%
  • King's German Legion

    Votes: 3 6.5%
  • Hannoverian

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dutch-Belgian infantry and militia

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Nassau

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Braunschweig (Leib, Jäger etc)

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Saxon

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Westphalian

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Würtemberg

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Bavarian

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Italian (pick one?)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Swedish

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Spanish (including guerilla)

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Illyrian

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Polish

    Votes: 5 10.9%
  • Danish

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Portugese

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Engineers/sappeurs (elaborate which army)

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 4.3%

  • Total voters
    46

Shtajerc

Ad Honorem
Jul 2014
6,355
Lower Styria, Slovenia
#11
I voted for the Austrian grenadiers. I think that they, and the Grenzer, were probably the most capable Austrian type of infantry, despite not being organised in regiments of their own. I also love their uniforms.




I also voted for the Highlanders. Wow can one not like 'em? Especially the Black Watch and the Gordons.




And my last vote went to the Illyrians. I'm Slovene and despite my home was in Austria then, a big portion of Slovene Lands was part of the Illyrian Provinces. Ljubljana was even their capital. So logically I vote for my countrymen, who fought and died with Napoleon. I think that's (one of) their uniform(s)?

 
Oct 2011
478
Sloboda
#14
An interesting task.

I had to criticize a bit. Where are Prussian fusiliers? Does it supposed that they - Prussian line ? They were incorporated into regular line regiment in the course of the reforms 1808-1809, but I would like the author of the post mentioned them, either separately or include in Prussian line - ( for example - Prussian line - grenadiers, musketeers, fusiliers)

It was hard for me to choose. I think there were so many wonderful regiments and generals during Napoleonic wars that it is really hard to choose the best three.

My choice:
1. French Guard!!!!
2. British Light infantry

3. French line infantry, but I would have preferred Prussian fusiliers, if I could distinguish them.


In conclusion, I would like to praise all soldiers of Napoleonic wars. Russian soldiers, Austrian soldiers, Polish soldiers, German soldiers, Italian Soldiers - all fought bravely and competition between them was very strong. The most wonderful period of military history!
 

Shtajerc

Ad Honorem
Jul 2014
6,355
Lower Styria, Slovenia
#15
An interesting task.

I had to criticize a bit. Where are Prussian fusiliers? Does it supposed that they - Prussian line ? They were incorporated into regular line regiment in the course of the reforms 1808-1809, but I would like the author of the post mentioned them, either separately or include in Prussian line - ( for example - Prussian line - grenadiers, musketeers, fusiliers)

It was hard for me to choose. I think there were so many wonderful regiments and generals during Napoleonic wars that it is really hard to choose the best three.

My choice:
1. French Guard!!!!
2. British Light infantry

3. French line infantry, but I would have preferred Prussian fusiliers, if I could distinguish them.




In conclusion, I would like to praise all soldiers of Napoleonic wars. Russian soldiers, Austrian soldiers, Polish soldiers, German soldiers, Italian Soldiers - all fought bravely and competition between them was very strong. The most wonderful period of military history!
You are right, I forgot them or better said I wasn't aware of them. Of course I probably forgot a bunch of units, that's why I put the opion 'others' in the poll. Thank you for noticing. :)
 

Poly

Ad Honorem
Apr 2011
6,688
Georgia, USA
#17
An interesting task.


It was hard for me to choose. I think there were so many wonderful regiments and generals during Napoleonic wars that it is really hard to choose the best three.

My choice:
1. French Guard!!!!
2. British Light infantry

3. French line infantry, but I would have preferred Prussian fusiliers, if I could distinguish them.

The French Guard that was repelled by British infantry at Waterloo ?

British infantry outfought its French counterpart throughout the Napoleonic Wars
 
Apr 2015
627
Paris
#18
British infantry was always superior to French infantry in the Napoleonic Wars - and come to think of it, in every war where they both fought
It is very difficult to compare the overall quality of units when one side has fought 1792-1815 in almost all of Europe (at least, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Russia) and the other 1808-1815 in Portugal, Spain and France (save for the 1799 Holland invasion - british defeat by the way).
 

Frank81

Ad Honorem
Feb 2010
4,935
Canary Islands-Spain
#19
The French Guard that was repelled by British infantry at Waterloo ?

British infantry outfought its French counterpart throughout the Napoleonic Wars

This happened as well with Spanish infantry in the first battles with the French.

The old professional Infantry regiments of Spain, like "Guardias Valonas", "Regimiento de la Reina", "Regimiento de Jaén" etc usually outperformed their French opponents in 1808-1809. The problem for the Spanish armies was the French cavalry, which decided many battles before lost to the French infantry. The Spanish veteran units were destroyed after some battles, or decimated to be filled with raw recruits, which plunged their quality.
 

Frank81

Ad Honorem
Feb 2010
4,935
Canary Islands-Spain
#20
Before any answer, my idea is not comparing the British vs Spanish infantry, but between the old regular units and the French ones.

The French army was totally disorganized during the Revolution, and then experienced a huge expansion. Quality had to be lost somewhere, and I have the opinion that between artillery, cavalry and infantry, the later got the worst part of Revolutionary and Napoleonic attention. This is curious, because during the 16-17th centuries the French armies behaved similarly.

Almost everywhere in Europe, the French infantry found to be at disadvantage against professional, veteran enemy units. As in Spain, the French overcame their foe with their superior artillery and cavalry, or just by the mere weight of the numbers: the French could field massive armies that their enemies couldn't dream.

If Spain, Austria, Prussia got their veteran units annihilated, the British managed to keep theirs in a cohesive form, gaining massive experience, coldness and discipline (in the battlefield)... the old qualities of professional units. And the French never could match that.
 

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