Red Napoleonic uniforms … and the Salic Law of SuccessionPosted: March 30, 2014
But during the Napoleonic period the British infantry were not unique in wearing red coats. I knew that besides the British it was worn by the Danes and the Swiss … and I also knew that the King’s German Legion wore almost identical uniforms to those worn by their equivalent units in the British Army. What I had forgotten until I re-read Blandford’s UNIFORMS OF WATERLOO IN COLOUR was that a significant Hanoverian contingent took part in the campaign … and that they wore British uniforms.
That set me thinking. Could I use some of my British Napoleonic wargames figures to represent Hanoverian units? My researches seem to indicate that this would be quite feasible as long as I am satisfied that the uniforms will not be 100% accurate.
Ideas of campaigns set in Northern Europe during the early 1820s where the forces of Prussia, Brunswick, Hanover, and the Netherlands vie with each other for control of the region immediately sprang to mind … but for the moment that is what they must remain, ideas.
The linked histories of Britain and Hanover lasted from 1714 – when the Elector of Hanover (Georg Ludwig) became George I of Great Britain – until 1837, when – according to the Salic Law of Succession – the new Queen of Victoria of Great Britain was unable to ascend to the throne of Hanover and her uncle – the Duke of Cumberland – became King Ernest Augustus I, Elector of Hanover.
If the Salic Law of Succession had not pertained in this instance, Victoria would have become Queen and Elector of Hanover … and the subsequent history of Germany might have been somewhat different.
An interesting ‘what if …’ to think about, eh?