Uniforms of the Prussian Army 1813-15

Officer Corps
Infantry
Cavalry
Artillery
Support Units

 

Hello and welcome to my website.

 

The purpose of this website is is to provide information on the uniforms and structure of the Prussian army through the Wars of Liberation (1813-14) and the Hundred Days campaign (1815).  It is not intended to be a military history of the period although I have added historical text in order to narrate the text

 

It is a particularly interesting period in Prussian history.  Following Napoleon's disastrous Russian campaign the Prussians see an opportunity to throw off the yoke of French occupation and seek revenge for their defeat at the twin battles of Jena Auerstadt in 1806.  The Prussians eventually declare war with France in an alliance with Russia and Britain, which is later joined by Austria. and Sweden.

 

Prussia's position was unique, of the five big European powers Prussia was the poorest.  Napoleon had also put major restrictions on the size of its standing army.  This meant that when war was declared the Prussian army consisted of a small number of regular units bolstered by numerous reserve, landwehr,  private and foreign contingents.   Therefore when this army was fielded it was dressed in a huge variety of uniforms - hence the purpose of this website.

 

I have broken the Army down into a number of constituent arms.

 

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The Officer Corps

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Infantry - which is subdivided into
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Regulars (Guard, Line and Light infantry)

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Reserve

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Foreign & Private

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Landwehr

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Cavalry - which is subdivided into
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Currasiers

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Dragoons

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Hussars

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Uhlans

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Foreign, Private & Militia

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Artllery

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Support Units
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Sappers and Engineers

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Train drivers

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Medical Corp