Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Bavarian "Knecht" or Driver, on foot with gaiters

Here's one of the essential, if unsung, characters of any army, a driver of the train. Mounted drivers wore long cavalry boots and the pack horses had red saddle cloths with the Bavarian arms in the corner. Each driver carried a short curved sword (rather like the grenadier sabre) attached to a white leather waistbelt, probably with a brown leather scabbard and brass sword furniture. Breeches were buff leather. The red stock was probably more typical of the early period - by the later SYW red stocks were kept for parades and were being phased out in favour of black.

6 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

Nice! Yeah, it seems you don't often see depictions (miniature figures, book illustrations, etc.) of these types of support personnel.

Capt Bill said...

I agree, support personnel are rarely depicted. Best regards...

David said...

Thanks, FB. It's always good too to do something a little different. :-)

Cheers,

David.

David said...

Thanks for commenting, Bill. I think I should probably do more of the support personnel really - perhaps a surgeon or two?

All the best,

David.

Adam from Lancashire said...

Lovely as usual, David. The rich blue coat and waistcoat makes a lovely combination. I'd love to see a surgeon or two; it's great that always you give the lesser known participants some attention.

Adam

David said...

Thanks, Adam. Yes, a surgeon or two is definitely on the stocks now. :-)

Cheers,

David.