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The King's German Legion


I am going to undertake the painting of the Kings German legion from various periods during the Napoleonic War. The figures will be mainly Front Rank with some Perry's for the two Light Infantry Battalions possibly more. I am intending to paint the two Heavy Dragoon Regiments in their original Peninsular War uniforms of Red Coat and Bicorn. 

The organisation of the KGL as of 1815 was:
  • 1st Regiment of Dragoons (1804–1812, red jacket)
    • changed into: 1st Regiment of Light Dragoons (1812–1816, blue jacket)
  • 2nd Regiment of Dragoons (1805–1812, red jacket)
    • changed into: 2nd Regiment of Light Dragoons (1812–1816, blue jacket)
  • 1st Regiment of Hussars
  • 2nd Regiment of Hussars
  • 3rd Regiment of Hussars
  • 1st Light Infantry Battalion
  • 2nd Light Infantry Battalion
  • 1st Line Battalion
  • 2nd Line Battalion
  • 3rd Line Battalion
  • 4th Line Battalion
  • 5th Line Battalion
  • 6th Line Battalion
  • 7th Line Battalion
  • 8th Line Battalion
Artillery and engineers
  • King's German Artillery
    • 2 horse batteries
    • 4 foot batteries
  • King's German Engineers

A Brief History of The KGL

The King's German Legion (KGL) was a British Army unit of expatriate German personnel, 1803–16. The Legion achieved the distinction of being the only German force to fight without interruption against the French during the Napoleonic Wars.
The Legion was formed within months of the dissolution of the Electorate of Hanover in 1803, and constituted as a mixed corps by the end of 1803. Although The Legion never fought autonomously and remained a part of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars 1804–15, it played a vital role in several campaigns, most notably the Walcheren Campaign, the Peninsular War, and the Hundred Days 1815.
The Legion was disbanded in 1816. Several of the units were incorporated into the army of the Kingdom of Hanover, and later became a part of the Imperial German Army after unification in 1871.
1st KGL Hussar Regt
Front Rank Miniatures based on 50mm x 50mm wooden bases with GMB Designs flags.


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