Rosenberg Chevauleger Regiment No. 6

From the first Austrian chevaulegers I had bought – Pendraken figures as part of my Carronade buy (see Post 88) – I selected and painted four figures, thinking they were all the chevaulegers I needed for the attack on the village of Essling (see Post 41). My total for the number of chevaulegers I needed came from Ian Castle’s Aspern and Wagram 1809: 275 men in four squadrons (see Orders of Battle). After I got hold of John Gill’s 1809 Thunder on the
Danube, I had to take into account that his orders of battle gave a total of 450 men, also in four squadrons. At a figure to men ratio of 1:50 this would mean either 5.5 or 9 figures on the tabletop. I had decided to organise my light cavalry into two- figure squadrons. If I were to calculate figure numbers simply by squadrons then the unit would be 8 figures strong. This, in all probability, provided a good compromise. But, unfortunately, also meant that I still hadn’t finished the unit and had to organise another four figures. The Rosenberg Chevaulegers were the sixth of six Austrian chevauleger regiments in 1809. Half the
regiments wore white jackets, the other half green. The 6th wore white. The facing colour that distinguished the unit changed during the Napoleonic Wars from black to dark red. When this change was made isn’t clear, but it appears that it had taken place by the 1809 campaign. Information that was a bit of a pain to discover only after I’d painted mine black! In 1809, although the Colonel-in-Chief was Franz Fürst Rosenberg-Orsini – thus the 6th was the Rosenberg regiment – the Colonel-Commander of the regiment was Count Joseph Chotek. He was killed at Wagram.