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15mm Prussia: Private, Ist Pommeranian Landwehr.

2 soldiers, hand painted by René in a acrylic dome.

Option;  marble console and sheet with regimental name or your personal message. Autopgraphed by myself with date of painting.

 

 Prussia: Private, Ist Pommeranian Landwehr. Officer, Ist Elbe Landwehr

 

When first mobilised, the militia or Landwehr of the Prussian Army were without doubt the most wretchedly ­equipped body in Europe, often dressed in rags, with no shoes, and poor weapons. By 1815, however, almost all the deficiencies had been made up, and the Landwehr infantry was as weIl clothed and armed as many of the regular corps.

 

The head-dress was the cloth 'Schir­mütze', 'of dark blue or black, with piping and bands of the facing colour, with the white 'Landwehr cross' and the black and white Prussian cockade on the front. The caps on occasion had black waterproof covers. The Litewka varied in length from thigh to knee length, was of dark blue or black ,blue being by far the most common  with coloured facings.

 

The shoulder-straps of the Litewka of ten indicated the number of the regiment within each province, as in the regular infantry, viz. I st Regiment, white; 2nd, scarlet; 3rd, yellow; 4th, light blue. By this method (which was not universal), for example, the Ist Silesian Landwehr had yellow facings (pro­vincial colour) and white shoulder straps (seniority colour). Although officers could wear the Litewka, many wore the standard infantry Kollet with regimental facings. By 1815  many regi­ments had their number embroidered on their shoulder-straps. Leg wear con­sisted of loose white, grey or some­times blue trousers, or white or grey breeches worn with black gaiters. Offi­cers' rank was indicated in the usual way, but N.C.O.s had thin white braids around their collars and cuffs. Most N.C.O.s and drummers carried short sabres; drummers had red and white 'swallow's nest' wings. Equipment varied from the standard infantry pat­tern to just one haversack or cartridge pouch, or a rolled blanket over one shoulder. Some still carried the large axes with which the early Landwehr regiments had been armed. Bayonet­-scabbards were never carried, those Landwehr corps possessing bayonets keeping them permanently fixed.