Post by Zach on Feb 16, 2021 5:49:19 GMT
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I found this gem while researching Austrian infantry formations for the next release of FMM figures. I have a question though... because I can't really read German (despite being Pennsylvania German and taking it in high school...).
Here's a picture of the division mass:
This formation actually has two variants. The one above is the anti-cavalry formation. The other is for maneuver:
As you can see, the NCOs in the anti-cavalry version have moved so that there is a solid wall presented to cavalry in all directions. My question though is, where did the NCOs on the flank files of the zuge go to? Clearly, some have stayed in place. The NCOs who ended up on the corners of the three masse are in the same position they were in when the battalion was in line. But where did the rest go to? And why are some positions in the formation represented by white and black circles?
Interestingly, the Austrians didn't have as many file closers as the French or English (or Prussians or Russians). They were very unique in their drill. It really doesn't resemble anything else.