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Airfix 01743 Waterloo British Cavalry

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Scale: 1:72
Manufacturer: Airfix
Product code: afx01743
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ManufacturerAirfix
Product codeafx01743
Weight:0.10 kg
Ean:5014429017438
Scale1:72
Size24 mm
Number of elements36
Added to catalog on:30.10.2004
Tags:British-Napoleonic-Wars-Cavalry Waterloo-1815

British hussar regiments during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815) were created by transforming some of the light dragoons regiments, which took place in 1806 and - in the case of the 18th Hussar Regiment - in 1807. In the British army, the hussars were perceived primarily as light cavalry, intended for reconnaissance, reconnaissance, insurance of the marches of their own troops, and in the second row they were perceived as cavalry intended to participate in battle. All British hussar regiments had blue uniform jackets, blue dolmans and furry low hats with tassels. Particular regiments differed in color, e.g. the color of the lapels or stripes. The main weapon of the British hussars was the saber Model 1796, while their firearms were pistols, cavalry rifles, and in the case of the 10th Hussars Regiment - Baker's threaded rifles. The regular regiment of British hussars usually consisted of 5 squadrons, one of which was treated as a rear. Theoretically, one squadron numbered about 180 people, but during the campaign this number decreased and during the Battle of Waterloo the squadron of British hussars numbered approximately 140-150 people on average.

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on June 18, 1815 and was the last battle commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte with the French forces. It is assumed that on the French side, about 65,000 soldiers and 250 guns took part in the battle, while on the Anglo-Dutch and Prussian sides, a total of about 123,000 men, with about 160 guns (excluding Prussian artillery) fought. The French side was led, of course, by the emperor of the French, the allies - Arthur Wellesley, Fr. Wellington, and the Prussians - Gebhard von Blücher. British-Dutch troops, awaiting the arrival of the Prussians, but also based on the experiences of Fr. Wellington, learned from the fighting in Spain, adopted a defensive stance, and their position was supported by farm buildings. The battlefield with boggy ground, soaked with water after intense rainfall, also favored the defenders, as it made it difficult to develop a cavalry attack. The battle began around 11.30 with the French artillery cannonade, and later - with the attacks of the French infantry on the British-Dutch positions. Initially, the fight for the Hougomont farm was fought, but later also on the right flank and in the center of the Allied formation. The next phase of the battle was the British cavalry charges, which were intended to relieve the fighting infantry, which initially brought great success to the British, but were finally repulsed with considerable losses. Despite fierce fighting and attacks led by Marshal Ney, around 4.30 pm, the British positions seemed to be intact, and the Prussians, commanded by Gebhard von Blücher, were already approaching the battlefield. Finally, around 19.30, the 1st Prussian Corps entered the fight - it meant that the scales of victory were tilted towards the allies, despite the Old Guard's attack on British positions. The immediate aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo was Napoleon's abdication and the end of the Napoleonic era in the history of Europe.

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