11th Cavalry Division, Cavalry (Reserve) Corps, Armee Du Nord 1815

The 11th Cavalry Division in 1815 was commanded by Général de Division Samuel-François Lhéritier and consisted of the 2nd & 7th Dragoons, and the 8th and 11th Cuirassiers regiments.

11th cavalry Division of Napoleon's Army

Being made up of Dragoons and Cuirassiers this unit was a heavy cavalry division, relying on shock to defeat their enemies. The Cuirassiers fought at Quatre-Bras on the 16th of June, successfully charging the Allied line at the crossroads. 

6mm Cavalry by Baccus for the Napoleonic wars

At Waterloo on the 18th of June, the unit spent most of the day on the west of the Charleroi-Brussels road watching the action until they joined the fray at 5.00pm losing 800 men in the process. 

Figures for Blucher wargame rules

From a personal point of view this was an exciting unit to paint for me, as I have been looking forward to painting the Cuirassiers since starting this project. My favourite cavalry of the Napoleonic wars, I see them as the Tiger Tanks of the early 19th century!

The information for this post came from Mark Adkin's Waterloo Companion and John Franklin's Waterloo (1) Quatre-BrasWaterloo (2) Ligny & Waterloo (3) Mont St Jean and Wavre by Osprey (Amazon affiliate links).

On Saturday the 7th, Dean, Ninjasaurus and myself went over to Wakefield to call in at the Recon 2019 show. It's a small show and the last one of the year (in the north anyway), but it was busy and there were some good games on show. Here is a video report of the show, have a watch here (and please subscribe to the channel for more in the future!):

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  1. Great video- looks like it was a decent show.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Cheers Pete, Recon was a good little show, definitely worth turning out for!

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  2. The cavalry are definitely being cranked out - you can't have many more left to do now :)

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    1. Cheers Tamsin, yep the end is really in sight now.

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