Brandenburger Hussaren

06 Nov

So as announced last month, here is the first in the series of posts meant to catch up with what I painted in November (precious few actually). This time it is the Brandenburg Hussars, or as one could say, the most illustrious unit in a row of illustrious units that fought at Möckern.

Brandenburger Hussar 1813

Brandenburger Hussar 1813

The  Nr. 3 Hussaren Regiment, Brandenburger Hussaren (also known as Zieten Hussaren) was founded in 1730 and named after its first Colonel, Hans Joachim von Zieten. During the 1806 campaign, the regiment was known as von Rudorff Hussar regiment, soon renamed Nr.2 Leib-Husaren von Rudorff).

The regiment was disbanded after it capitulated at Ratekau following the defeat of 1806. In 1807 it formed a squadron in its former depot as Freikorps Marwitz and amalgamated with Blücher’s Corps to create the 1st Brandenburg Hussar Regiment on 7 September 1808 (Husaren Regiment Nr.3). The regiment’s 2nd squadron served during the Russian Campaign of 1812 on the French side. But with the beginning of the Befreiungskriege just like the rest of the Prussian Army it fought the French once more, taking part in all of the 1813, 1814 and 1815 campaigns. But as most will agree their finest hour was at Möckern. When von Yorck saw that in spite their best efforts, the infantry was failing to take Möckern and the surrounding fields, he unleashed the cavalry. Now the French infantry was in no good state at that point of the battle and there are many accounts of some of their officers leaving (some would say deserting) their units to attend important business at higher commands. When the cavalry, lead by the Brandenburger Hussaren, hit them, their squares were not properly formed and broke under the cavalry attacks. So with their charge, the battle for Möckern was won. Many say that this loss forced Napoleon to reposition his units and eventually led to his his defeat at Leipzig.


In 1860, the regiment became part of the federal army of Germany and continued to serve into the first World War.

But now on to the minis. These are Calpe Miniatures, but I guess this comes as no surprise, since you will all have realized my preferences by now! Unfortunately these were a bit of a rushed job, so I could not do them as much justice as they deserve, but I hope you will like them anyway:

Brandenburger Hussaren (unit shot)

Brandenburger Hussaren (unit shot)

Brandenburger Hussaren (command stand)

Brandenburger Hussaren (command stand)

Brandenburger Hussaren

Brandenburger Hussaren

Brandenburger Hussaren

Brandenburger Hussaren

Brandenburger Hussaren

Brandenburger Hussaren

Brandenburger Hussaren

Brandenburger Hussaren

Brandenburger Hussaren (details)

Brandenburger Hussaren (details)

So up next are the two missing command bases for the Prussians at Möckern. You can expect those either tomorrow or on Friday.


Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Calpe, Manufacturers, Nap.: Prussian, Napoleonic


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20 responses to “Brandenburger Hussaren

  1. Paul

    November 6, 2013 at 11:33

    A fine unit to grace your army Burkhard!!!

    I look forward to the commands!

    • Burkhard

      November 6, 2013 at 13:06

      Thank you Paul… really appreciated!

  2. Jim Duncan

    November 6, 2013 at 12:00

    Fantastic paint job again, hope they fight as well on the table top.

    • Burkhard

      November 6, 2013 at 13:06

      Thanks Jim!

      Hope you and the guys had a safe journey home from the coast of Belgium!

  3. Dalauppror

    November 6, 2013 at 13:16

    Stunning paint work !!!

    Very nice with the historical background.

    Best regards Michael

  4. Traj Anic

    November 6, 2013 at 20:09

    Love the unit and wow amazing beards and mustaches as well. Inspiring work!

  5. Rosbif

    November 6, 2013 at 22:13

    You say they’re a rushed job?! You’re too hard on yourself. I reckon thy’re lovely!

    • Burkhard

      November 7, 2013 at 07:54

      Thank you… still had to gut more corners than I would have liked.

  6. expressminiatures

    November 7, 2013 at 02:55

    Terrific job and wonderful basing! The Francophile in me believes that Marmont has been treated pretty harshly by some and think that his command at Möckern really earned him a backs to the wall draw. Thank you for sharing.

    • Burkhard

      November 7, 2013 at 08:02

      Thank you, Kurt.

      Regarding Marmont, I think you are right. Judging by everything I have read, he seems to have been a competent officer. His command at Möckern sure was no easy one. Green newly raised Légère and Marine Artillery that lacked any combat experience. The only Regiment that had experience was the Regiment Espaniol and they had been virtually annihilated in Russia and were closer to a penal battalion at Leipzig than anything else.

      • expressminiatures

        November 8, 2013 at 02:02

        In my opinion he probably performed the best out of the Corp commanders after the 1809 Danube campaign. He had the better of Wellington until Salamanca and could have pulled it out of the bag if he did not cop shot shards to the body.

        He performed well as a commander in Dalmatia and was probably the only worthy promotion out of Oudinot, Macdonald and himself after Wagram.

        Davout failed during the retreat from Moscow in my mind but should have been given a crack at Bernadotte during the liberation wars.

        Massena had just had enough, clearly was not up to it after the 1810 campaign in Spain and poor old Lannes was dead.

        What Napoleon would have given for those three men at their best, 5th battalions and marines be damned, Berlin would have been his again.

        I have just discovered this period of the Napoleonic wars and an absolutely smashing period it was as well. Don’t mind me as I catch up on your blog and avoid work – Kurt.

        • Burkhard

          November 8, 2013 at 10:42

          I cannot say too much about his performance in Spain, but his performance in Europe sure was better than most other Generals or Marshals. But with Napoleon a lot of his HR decisions later in his career were motivated not by the abilities of his officers, but by personal motives (= those officers who gave the least objections and buttered him the most).
          I guess it has something to do being megalomaniac… Hitler did much the same.

          Anyway, feel free to look at the blog and comment all you like!

  7. Ray

    November 7, 2013 at 05:15

    A great looking unit!

  8. Tom Halpin

    November 7, 2013 at 11:21

    “Could not do them as much justice as they deserve”! Whoever said Germans have no sense of humour?!!! They look really good, Burkhard. Thank you for sharing them 🙂

    • Burkhard

      November 7, 2013 at 16:20

      Thanks Tom!

      I always liked Jeremy Clarksons line when he reviewed the VW Phaeton: “This is proof Germans do have a sense for humor… a Volkswagen for 80K £!” 😉

  9. vonpeterhimself

    November 8, 2013 at 10:50

    Another great unit Burkhard. When I started a Prussian army as a teenager I had some Minifigs hussars painted as the famed Brandenburg Hussars. They looked nowhere near this good but thanks to them the Brandenburg Hussars have a spot close to my heart.

    I like your choice of the shouldered arms hussars as opposed to the charging hussars. I prefer cavalry in the more sedentary poses as they’re less likely to break and my cavalry are often sitting around doing not much but waiting for their time to strike … at least that’s my story! 8O)

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      November 8, 2013 at 11:00

      Thank you Peter!

      I know what you mean. Hussars with their shiny uniforms easily capture a spot in your heart. The first I painted were the Leibhussaren and they really have been my soft spot ever since.

      Regarding poses… They all have their pros and cons. As you said the shouldered swords (or lances with other units) are great. As you said, most cavalry actions meant that the cavalry just waited to be unleashed and this pose captures that situation quiet well. On the other hand, Peter F. has so many great charging poses, especially with the Landwehr, that it would be a shame to ignore them! 😉


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