Nice couple of German regiments – beautiful Front Rank figures as always! It came about as a result of French concerns over its “natural frontiers” and the desires of a ‘third' Germany (that is, neither Prussia nor Austria) to free itself from traditional burdens associated with the hegemony of its larger Germanic neighbours, Austria and Prussia. But disaster struck as two of their four transports ran onto a sandbank off the Dutch coast, and over 400 Nassauers perished in the wrecks. Current bicentennial exhibitions reveal the importance of the event for the history of Germany as a whole, since in a way, the confederation of the Rhine signals the beginning of the move away from the Austrian/Holy Roman Empire domination of German lands of the 18th century to the Prussian northern German domination of a unified Germany after Bismarck. So this is what paper soldiers look like en masse? And although technically despotic in their regimes, they nevertheless saw that French interest and cooperation would allow them to escape from on the one hand the impediments put upon them by their ancient attachment to the Holy Roman Empire with its Austrian Habsburg Emperor and on the other the traditional territorial rapacity of Prussia. But despite having painted only two regiments, this ‘army’ can still fight alongside my Napoleonic French forces (subject of previous postings). Resplendant in their colourful green uniforms with rose-pink facings, the Anhalt contingent formed the 2nd battalion of the 5th Confederation Regiment under Colonel Hoppe. Today’s ‘On Parade’ posting features the beginnings of a Confederation of the Rhine wargaming army I had planned to build up during the early 2000s, but never really got too far with. ( Log Out /  Kleve Berg. The death knell of the confederation was sounded after the Battle of Leipzig when the allies proclaimed the dissolution of the Confederation of the Rhine on 4 November, 1813. This decree of 5 August was followed by a decree dated 19 October (Fontainebleau Decree) ordering the destruction of all British merchandise found in territories occupied by Napoleon, included within which were the states of the Confederation. 2nd Line Infantry Regiment, Grenadier Private, 1812 1809. Since 1914, the site is protected and has therefore changed little since the fighting of 1815. Brigade Uniform Plates — Confederation of the Rhine (Anhalt, Berg, Hamburg, Lippe, … Feb 4, 2017 - Explore Brett Dingli's board "Napoleonic Uniforms - Confederation of the Rhine" on Pinterest. Find out more. The stage was thus set (with diplomatic negotiations taking place at the same time in Paris) for the creation of a confederation of state lined up along the right bank of the Rhine. Hi, I'm Roly, also known as 'Arteis' on some forums. It was then transferred to the city of Danzig (Gdansk) to become part the garrison there. So all I had to do was repaint my French infantry with white coats faced with scarlet, and – hey presto! I feel sorry for the men of the 2nd Nassau Infantry Regiment. May 31, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by General Brock. Furthermore, Austria was to behave highhandedly with respect to Bavaria, invading, annexing and outraging the population in September 1805, pushing Max I Joseph into Napoleon's arms even more effectively than if he had wanted to. Contingent du Gran Duché de Hesse Darmstadt .3eme Régiment d'Infanterie ( Log Out /  But, desertion and disease had affected the regiment so much—and, indeed, the other Rhinebund regiments Big fan of the German troops – allows for a lot more variety in my French (1812-ish) army composition. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! A fantastic landscape diorama - and I do mean fantastic! As a result, Napoleon decided to pass the Trianon Decree (5 August, 1810) and the Fontainebleau Decree (9 October) placing heavy tariffs on raw materials (notably cotton) and on colonial produce (sugar, coffee, etc.). Franco-Bavarian relations were stretched to breaking point when Napoleon announced his divorce from the Crown Prince's mother-in-law and a new marriage to the daughter of the Austrian arch-enemy, Francis II. The foundation stone for the Rheinbund was however the war of the Third Coalition in late 1805. And relations fell further after the events of 1809 in which Bavaria lost many men and 22 million gulden (the equivalent of two years revenue) only to received nothing in return. However, things didn’t turn out so well for the 2nd Nassau. The armies of these satellite states were allied to France, and took part in many of the famous campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars. The drummer is an old Hotspur figure. The 2nd Nassau Infantry Regiment wore a smart green uniform with yellow trim (the Hungarian knots on their trousers are particularly nicely modelled by Front Rank). 5th Rheinbund - Anhalt-Lippe. Confederation of the Rhine Napoleonic Uniforms. 2017 - The Confederation of the Rhine - Saxony: Plate 10. One special feature of Nassau units is their yellowish leather equipment. A triumph of diplomacy of ever there was one. Infantry Regiment "von Rechten", Sergeant, 1806 1st Infantry Regiment, Grenadier Sergeant-Major, 1811 Waterloo 1815Battle Of WaterlooNassauWar DrumsGerman UniformsWar Of 1812Army UniformNapoleonic WarsMilitary History 1789-1815 Regiment d'Orange-Nassau Armee du royaume des Pays-Bas, le Regiment d'Orange-Nassau en 1815. "Confederation of the Rhine units in Spain" Topic. – a Confederation of the Rhine regiment. Whether you are a private individual or a company, if you are a tax payer in France, you get tax benefits on donations to the Fondation Napoléon. See more ideas about napoleonic wars, napoleon, century uniforms. Confederation of the Rhine: 6th Regiment, 2nd battalion Part 1 Reuss Fusiliers. For more information on how to configure cookies, click here.. your own Pins on Pinterest Confederation of the Rhine . By continuing to visit this site, you agree to the use of cookies for statistical purposes. I'm based in Paraparaumu on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast, New Zealand. The grenadiers are resplendent in fur colpack hats with red plumes. Austria and Prussia were the only German states not included in the Confederation. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. One would have thought that defecting to the eventual winning side would have been a fortunate move. But I decided that their advancing pose clashed with the attack march pose of all my other French infantry at that time, so I decided to repaint them as a Confederation of the Rhine battalion instead. The members of the Confederation of the Rhine where allies of the French and fought as such in the War of the Fifth Coalition. In the Confederation of the Rhine, the former Bishopric of Würzburg became the Grand Duchy of Würzburg under Grand Duke Ferdinand of Tuscany. A further 19 joined later. Follow the link to the article and our Australian cousins contingent for Historicon. Kingdom of Holland. Wurzburg. 1 Company Voltigeurs Coburg 3rd Battalion: It would also help them to rationalise their territories, pockmarked as they were by autonomous zones belonging either to bishops, ducal families or even the major powers of Prussia and Austria. Discover (and save!) Furthermore, although successful to begin with the Confederation's relation with the metropolis began to sour. This battalion was made up of contingents from the three small states of Anhalt-Dessau, Anhalt-Bernberg and Anhalt-Köthen. After the fall of Napoleon, he attended the Congress of Vienna and was confirmed as King. Hesse Darmstadt. It now resides in the huge Battle of Chunuk Bair diorama at 'The Great War Exhibition' in Wellington, New Zealand. For this reason, after victories in Italy in both the First and Second Italian campaign (1796-96 and 1800), it was the left bank of the Rhine which was handed over to France, thus sealing up the leaky French north eastern border. They were initially shipped to Britain, then in February 1814 they embarked to sail to the Netherlands. 4th Regiment Saxon Duchies. On 1 August, the members of the confederation formally seceded from the Holy Roman Empire, and on 6 August, followin… On eve of the Battle of Leipzig, via the Treaty of Ried (8 October, 1813) Max-Joseph, agreed to join the allies against Napleon. We have made them available to download as a complete bundle. For example, it began to be felt in Bavaria that they provided ever greater numbers of troops for ever decreasing rewards, and relations became frayed. Join me as I share my thoughts and pictures about anything related to my hobbies and interests. Commonly called the Confederation of the Rhine (CotR), this collection of minor state contingents has seen many a tabletop action…either en mass or as individual units for the major powers. The Confederation of the Rhine - Nassau: Plate 2. I am so enthused by these new Perry Miniatures figures that I did something I hardly ever do these days and started them under artificial light last night. Confederation of the Rhine. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. For more information, see the TMP FAQ. 6th Rheinbund. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page. After the setting up of the continental system designed to prevent British goods entering the continent (Berlin Decree of 21 November, 1806), smuggling began to occur in the states of the Confederation of the Rhine. The creation of this third Germany was viewed with dismay in Prussia and Austria, and it was to be the kernel of disputes over the following nine years. In order to use the manpower of the smaller states, the Rhinebund regiments were organized. Geography and politics are always interlinked, and never more so than in the history of the creation of the Confederation of the Rhine. All members in good standing are free to post here. Although much smaller in scale to its 19th-century counterpart (it only mobilised about 10,000 troops as opposed to the 73,000 under Napoleon), it formed a French foreign policy standard of attempting to create a bridgehead against Prussia and Austria, just the other side of the Rhine. 19 other states joined later, creating a territory of over 15 million subjects. On 12 July 1806, on signing the Treaty of the Confederation of the Rhine (German language: Rheinbundakte) in Paris, 16 states in present-day Germany joined together in a confederation (the treaty called it the états confédérés du Rhin, with a precursor in the League of the Rhine). Napoleonic troops Confederation of the Rhine From Blunders on the Danube the Confederation of the RHINE (I am sure I have some figures for these somewhere!) Negotiations begun in late 1810 regarding reparation for the war of 1809 (involving notably Bavaria ceding the Tyrol to the kingdom of Italy) left Max-Joseph in no doubt that his ‘special relationship' with Napoleon was at an end. 1 Company Fusiliers Meiningen. Geography and politics are always interlinked, and never more so than in the history of the creation of the Confederation of the Rhine. The subsequent meeting of the imperial representatives in 1803 in Stuttgart to establish the compensation of loss of territory brought about by the Peace of Lunéville (the famous Reichsdeputationshauptschluss) lead to closer French links for states such as Baden and Württemberg since the compensation package which had been drawn up by France and Russia was particularly favourable to them. The Confederation of the Rhine; A confederation of client states of the First French Empire formed by Napoleon in 1806 from 16 German states after he defeated Austria and Russia in the Battle of Austerlitz . Just a quick one on the 2nd Nassau Infantry Regiment and their fate in the shipwreck…do you have a source that describes their disaster, anything you can recommend? This unit of 28mm Front Rank miniatures started life as a French infantry battalion. None quite as good as the ones in this post. Thus as a result of a process of the ten years of assiduous courting, from the beginning of the French Revolution, France and the states to the right-hand side of the Rhine were drawing ever closer. The Confederation of the Rhine - Württemberg: Plate 4. It is true that they were obliged to promise troops to Napoleon and to pay for the garrisoning of French troops on their lands, but they were given independent royal identities, their territories were rationalised, their administrations modernised, and they were protected from the predatory behaviour of Austria and Prussia by the Napoleon himself, who by the treaty was named ‘Protector'. But you could always ask regiments of other nations if they want to change name to something related with the CdR. On leaving the Confederation of the Rhine: 1814: Reuss raised two line infantry companies, two Landwehr companies and a Freiwillige Jäger detachment organised into an infantry battalion. To survive so many years of harsh campaigning in Spain, including saving the day at Medellin in 1809, and then to die in a shipwreck, seems an incredible stroke of bad luck. 1806-1813. It is true that they had already been wooed in the compensations given them and they had also shown their positive attitude to Napoleon when they came to meet his visit to Charlemagne's tomb in the September of 1804 immediately preceding his coronation at Notre-Dame. I also did a regiment of Swiss (I know, not German) for a little more variety because I like the red jackets without having to going ‘English army’. Branching out and working on a few regiments of Prussians right now, but might circle back to some Württemberg infantry and cavalry for even more variety – I like the helmets. Austria and Prussia were the only German states not included in the Confederation. The Confederation of the Rhine (or Rheinbund) was a coalition of German states created by Napoleon in 1806 as a buffer between France and its European enemies. (Anhalt-Lippe) Confederation of the Rhine Infantry Regiment first moved to the city of Berlin, Prussia, to form part of the garrison. On parade: French white-coats of the 18th century. 7th Rheinbund - Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Author (s) : HICKS Peter. Napoleon was its "protector". Throughout the Revolutionary Period, France was obsessed with the concept of its “natural frontiers”. These are all the available sheets for the Confederation of the Rhine Infantry, Napoleon’s German allies in Spain. He then went on to marry his step son Eugène de Beauharnais to the Max Joseph's daughter Augusta Amalia and Josephine's niece, Stéphanie de Beauharnais to the Crown Prince of Baden both in the spring of 1806. On the passing of the Holy Roman Empire, Goethe famously remarked that he more interested in an argument between his coachman and the footman. Confederation of the Rhine: 6th Regiment, 2nd battalion Part 2 LtoR: Six companies of six: Waldeck Grenadiers, Waldeck fusiliers (campaign dress), Waldeck fusiliers (full dress), Reuss fusiliers (full dress), Reuss fusiliers (campaign dress) and Reuss fusiliers (campaign dress) The flag is from the Warflag and Napflags sites. Hi Roly, love the painting and the blog! In 1813 these German allies of Napoleon defected to the British. I have been searching but struggle…. 4th Rheinbund - Saxon Duchies. Confederation of the Rhine (1808) One important reason for Napoleon to create the Confederation of the Rhine was the troops and supplies these territories could provide for his armies. And so when the French empire began to crumble (and the Confederation with it) Frederick changed sides in 1813, joining the Allies, where the fact that he was brother-in-law to the British Prince Regent (later George IV) helped his status. Some of the bigger states such as Bavaria and Saxony had their own armies, while smaller duchies and principalities furnished contingents to make up the composite battalions. 3 Companies Fusiliers Gotha. Whether you are a private individual or a company, if you are a tax payer in France, you get tax benefits on donations to the Fondation Napoléon. Würzburg supplied a regiment of infantry and a dragoon regiment to Napoleon’s war effort in Spain. Bavarian troops fought bravely and successfully in 1807, but they were to get nothing out of the Treaty of Tilsit (June 1807). The headquarters of Wellington and Napoleon and the farms of the Battle of Waterloo Indeed, for Bavaria, any Franco-Austrian rapprochement brought with it the spectre of Habsburg retaliation for Bavaria's opposition throughout the first decade of the 19th century. 1809: Three companies of Reuß, became 10th, 11th and 12th company of the new 6th Rheinbund Regiment. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. in 1809 (this list, again, from Gill), these were: 1st Regiment Nassau (2nd Nassau regt) 2nd Regiment Nassau (1st Nassau regt) 3rd Regiment Wurzburg. I’ll see if I can find it again. Well perry miniatures have just released what has to be the most colourful range of Napoleonic soldiers ever! That the institution was useful was revealed by the fact that during the negotiations at Vienna in 1815, a new Germanic confederation was founded, this time without French hegemonic interest, although certain states were to maintain a certain nostalgia for the good old Napoleonic days. But I can’t recall where, sadly. By the way, that's 'me' in the above picture, as a special one-off 54mm model sculpted by the renowned Perry twins! The piece below, from my main blog, kicks off my new Peninsular War project for the battle of La Bisbal. Besides the beauty of these figures, I also liked the fact that, with their defection, I could use them to fight on either the French or the Allied side in a conjectural battle. 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