the saxons AT gross-beeren
(august 23, 1813)

The Saxon cavalry

The 24th (Lecoq) and 25th (von Sahr) Infantry Divisions and the 26th (von Lindenau) Light Cavalry Brigade composed from Saxons, formed the core of the of the French VII Corps (Reynier). The strenght of the Saxons at Gross-Beeren time has been estimated by combinating the  numbers given by Nafziger and Zucker in their respective books (see below) which are based on the '15 August state' and taking into account the attrition (1% per day). Some rounding up and down was necessary to acomplish the requeriments of Napoleon's Battles and, at last, I arrived to the following numbers (items between parenthesis are Napoleon's Battles figures):
    Line Infantry 5,800 (48)
    Light Infantry 2,400 (20)
    Grenadiers 1,260 (10)
    Leib Grenadier Guards 680 (6)
    Foot batteries 5 (4+1)
    Hussars 670 (6)
    Lancers 750 (6)
    Horse batteries 2 (2)

The Order of Battle at Gross Beeren was (numbers between parenthesis are Napoleon's Battles figures):
24th Division (Lecoq)

    1st Brigade (von Brause)
        1/Saxon Guard Grenadier Battalion (6)
        1/,2/1st Saxon Light Regiment (9)
        1/Maximilian Infantry regiment (4)
        2/von Rechter Infantry Regiment (4)
        1st Jager Company (1)
    2nd Brigade (Mellentin)
        Converged Saxon Grenadier Battalion Spiegel (5)
        1/,2/Frederich August Infantry Regiment (7)
        1/,2/ Steindel Infantry regiment (8)
        1st Saxon Foot Battery (1 no necessary)
        2nd Saxon Foot Battery (1 no necessary)
        Saxon Train detachment

25th Division (von Sahr)
    1st Brigade (von Bosch)
        Converged Saxon Grenadier Battalion Kleist (5)
        1/,2/2nd Saxon Light Regiment (10)
        2/König Infantry regiment (5)
        1/Niesemeuschel Infantry Regiment (4)
    2nd Brigade (von Rissel)
        1/,2/Löw Infantry Regiment (8)
        1/,2/ Anton Infantry regiment (8)
        3rd Saxon Foot Battery (1 no necessary)
        4th Saxon Foot Battery (1 no necessary)
        Saxon Train detachment

26th Light Cavalry Brigade (von Lindenau)
        1-8/Saxon Hussar regiment (6)
        1-5/Prinz Clemens Lancer Regiment (6)
        1st Saxon Horse Battery (1)
        2nd Saxon Horse Battery (1)

Reserve and Grand Park
        1st Saxon 12pdr Foot Battery (1)
        1 Saxon Sapper Company
        Saxon Train Detachment

There are not specifically designed Saxon 1813 figures, so it becomes necessary to find similar ones amongst the existent. At that time Saxon followed, in general, the French style for military uniforms. The following information has been gathered at several sources, mainly HISTOFIG and NAPOLEON-SERIES.
1) The basic color of Saxon Line Infantry was the white. They wore a white short-tailed coat very similar to the Bardin 1812 French habit, white breeches and black under-knees gaiters with two white crossbelts (1812 French carried only one). The regimental facings were shown in collar, lapels, cuffs (and piping?). The 1813 facings were

Regiment Facings Buttons
König 1813: Red Brass
Niesemeuschel 1813: Red White Metal
Prinz Anton Blue Brass
Von Low Blue White Metal
Prinz Maximilian Yellow Brass
Rechten Yellow White Metal
Prinz Friedrich August Green Brass
Prinz Clemens Green White Metal

2) The uniform for Saxon Light Infantry and Jagers was similar to the one for Line but green with green lapels, black collar and cuffs and red piping. Black crossbelts and green (Light Infantry) or white (Jagers) shako cords.
3) Grenadiers wore same uniform than Line Infantry with red shako plume and cords. Leib Grenadier Guards wore a red habit with yellow facings (collar, lapels and cuffs). They also wore a bearskin with brass plate altohugh in campaign, shakos were carried instead.
4) The Saxon Foot Artillery had a green uniform in the same style than above. with red facings (collar, lapels, cuffs and turnbacks) and red plume and shako cords.
5) Saxon Hussar Regiment wore a typical hussar costume with light blue dolman, breeches and pelisse, black pelisse facings and furs, red and white sash, white leather and lace.cords.  Black shako with white plume and cords.
6) Prinz Clemens Uhlans was a Saxon Chevau Legers Regiment (red habit with light-green facings) receiving lances in 1811. After 1813 their uniform became the traditional Polish in light blue with black facings piped red.
7) Horse Artillery wore a uniform similar to that of Chevaux-Legers in green with red facings (collar, lapels, cuffs and turnbacks), red plume and shako cords.

After several requests in the HAT Forum and a search in The Plastic Soldier Review I arrived to the following choices:
    48 Line Infantry HAT 8042 French Light Infantry/Italeri 6066 French Line Infantry
    20 Ligh Infantry ditto
    10 Converged Grenadier ditto
    6 Grenadier ditto with French Guard Grenadier heads (or not?)
    3 (+4) Artillery ZVEZDA 8028 French Foot Artillery
    6 Hussars ITALERI 6008 French Hussars. I run short of these set so at last, I used REVELL 02575  Prussian Hussars with heads from ESCI 227  French Line Infantry
    6 Lancers ITALERI 6080 - French Light Cavalry

The guns are from Newline Designs  painted following the Thierry Melchior's table found at Soldats du Premier Empire site. The flags were form Warflag.

See a scheme of my choices and my painted miniatures

 Leib Grenadiers  ITALERI 6066 French Line Infantry
Converged Grenadiers HAT 8042
 French Light Infantry
Line Infantry HAT 8042
 Light Infantry and Jagers HAT 8042
 French Light Infantry
 Foot Artillery ZVEZDA French Foot Artillery
Hussars  REVELL 02575 Prussian Hussars with heads from ESCI 227 French Line Infantry
Lancers ITALERI 6080 French Light Cavalry
Horse Artillery ZVEZDA French Foot Artillery

Armies of the Napoleonic Era
Otto Von Pivka (i.e. Digby Smith)
David  & Charles Ltd., Devon, 1979

leon at Dresden. The Battles of August 1813
George Nafziger
The Emperor Press , Chicago, 1994

1813: The Year that Doomed the Empire.
Special Study Nr.1
Operational Studies Group.