Good afternoon guys, I hope that you are all having a great weekend? You may recall that in a previous blog post I mentioned that one of the members from my local wargame club had been using her time during the UK lockdown VERY wisely and has managed to paint up the entire Vistula Legion?
Well, you don’t have to wait any longer – after not much persuasion she decided to loan me the Vistula Legion for a weekend so they can have their own blog post, to show you all what real lockdown productivity looks like!
You’ll also note that I have a new photographic background – so please leave us both some feedback in the comments section about the Legion and the background.
CA’s collection consists of 6 battalions of infantry, 2 batteries of artillery (foot and horse), two units of hussars and of course, two units of the famous Polish Lancers along with numerous command figures and staff
The Vistula Legion was perhaps the most famous of the many foreign units in French service under Napoleon. Formed in Silesia in February 1807 from an infantry regiment and cavalry regiment in the service of the Kingdom of Naples, it was initially named the Legion Polacco-Italienne (Polish-Italian Legion) as it had been organised around the Poles in Italian service.
Renamed the Legion de la Vistula (Vistula Legion) in March 1808, it became three infantry regiments, each of two battalions, with each battalion having six companies of 140 men (one grenadier company, one voltigeur, and four Fusiliers), plus a Lancer regiment of 1,000 men in four squadrons.
The Vistula Legion was sent to Spain in June 1808 where it fought in numerous actions, the most celebrated of which was at Albuera in 1810, when the lancer regiment rode down a British infantry brigade, destroying three out of the four British battalions in only four minutes of slaughter.
The purpose of this post is to showcase CA’s troops, but should you wish you can find out more about the Vistula Legion on the following links
Please feel free to add any links or reference material about the Vistula Legion that you’d recommend in the comments section below
The figures that CA has used are all 15mm figures from the Old Glory Miniatures range, available here in the UK from Timecast Miniatures who you can visit on the link below
For our US friends, I believe they are available direct from Old Glory on the following link
I’m sure you’ll all agree, this has been a fantastic lockdown effort getting so many units finished, and they make a superb present for CA on her “milestone” birthday – they will be the scourge of many an opponent down at the war-games club for years to come.
You can find out more details about our war-games club on the link below – new members are always welcome