To complete the showcasing of my Division, I offer the
Division Commander, Major-General (Count) Karl von Alten. A career officer in the Hanoverian, and then
British Army, he transferred to British Service in 1803, and assisted in the foundation
and recruiting for the King’s German Regiment, which expanded into the King’s
German Legion. He started his career in
the Hanoverian Guards prior to the Revolutionary Wars, in which he subsequently
commanded a light infantry battalion. He
participated in the Hanoverian campaign in 1805, Copenhagen in 1807, and was
with Moore in Sweden to assist the Swedes against the Danish in 1808. He commanded the KGL brigade at Walcharen in
1809. He commanded the KGL brigade again
in Portugal in 1809, and at Albuera in 1811.
In 1812 he was appointed commander of the Light Division, which he led
at Salamanca, Vitoria, the Pyrenees, the Nivelle, the Nive, Orthez and
Alten commanded the Division from the commencement of the campaign,
until he was wounded late in the day at Waterloo. By that time, two of his brigade commanders
had also been either killed (Ompteda) or wounded (Halkett), leaving
Kielmansegge to command the Division.
I have depicted him here in a blue Hanoverian frock coat and
cocked hat, mostly to distinguish him from the other figures, and perhaps also
to reinforce the point of his Hanoverian nationality. It is reasonable to surmise that he would
have been wearing a red jacket during the campaign. Accompanying him are representatives form
units in the Division, and nearby supports: A KGL Light infantryman and officer,
an infantryman from Field Battalion Bremen, and an officer from 30th
Foot. The cavalryman is from 3rd
KGL Hussars, which was posted nearby, and was part of my allocation for our
Waterloo event. I quite liked doing the
hussar, and will do the whole regiment in the near future as part of Dornberg’s
brigade. I’ve not quite mastered photographing
small groups in close up, but you get an idea of how they will look on the
I had imagined that I would conclude this thread by
showcasing the whole Division in Review.
I did wonder about creating some kind of La Haye Sainte – Mont St Jean
ridge diorama to show them in action, but that exceeds both my terrain collection
(at this point) and my photographic ability to do such a large area as a broad
subject. Instead I have just gone for
the more formulaic “here’s all my units lined up in column”, which has its own
merits, even if it does seem just a trifle less imaginative than I would
A better sense of the scale is made apparent by showing the brigades separately. The first is the 1st Hanoverian Brigade.
Then the 2nd KGL Brigade.
And finally the 5th British Brigade.
The Division finished the campaign with a distinguished
record, having marched 10 hours or more to arrive in time to actively participate
at Quatre Bras successfully defending Gemioncourt Farm from French attacks,
despite 69th Foot having its square broken by cuirassiers (losing
its King’s colour) and the 33rd being badly shaken by bombardment. It
performed well again at Waterloo where Wellington entrusted them with the centre
of the Anglo-Allied position. They held
this position, even after losing the forward post at La Haye Sainte (and 2 KGL
LI), suffering losses from close range bombardment, and the loss of the
Luneberg battalion (losing a colour) overrun by cuirassiers.
Thank you again for your kind words of encouragement. That is now the complete 3rd
Division from Waterloo. It is quite
satisfying to get the whole thing completed, and to have been able to share it
with you over the last 12 months. I
still have a few more units to do for my part of our game (which has not yet
happened!), which will include the KGL hussars and 16th Light
Dragoons, and Merlen’s Netherlands Light Cavalry brigade. I may post them here for continuity.