This week’s Franco-Prussian War unit is the 1st Westpahalian Hussar Regiment, No. 8. Formed in early 1815 from a squadron each of the 2nd, 3rd and 6th Hussars it served in the 100 Days campaign as the 8th Hussars. The following year the Regiment was brought up to strength with the addition of the 4th and 5th squadrons and was renamed 8th Hussar Regiment (1st Westphalian). It participated in the first Schleswig-Holstein War in 1849 and was renamed again in 1861 to 1st Westpahalian Hussar Regiment, No 8.
It fought again in Denmark in 1864 and in Army of the Maine in the western theatre of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. In 1870 it was assigned to 13th Division, VII Corps, First Army.
In 1888 it was renamed again as Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia (1st Westphalian No 8) and on the accession of Nicholas to the throne in 1897 to Emperor Nicholas II of Russia (1st Westphalian No 8). Mobilised in 1914 it started the Great War on the Western Front, before transferring East in November of that year. In 1916 the regiment was dismounted and in May 1917 with the removal of the Tsar the regiment changed its name again, back to 1st Westphalian Hussar Regiment, No. 8. In 1918 the regiment returned to the Western Front where they were merged with other dismounted cavalry regiments to form the 14th Cavalry Rifle Division. It took a major part on the defensive battles until the end of the war. It was demobilised in 1919.
To round out the week we played an American War of Independence game today. I had intended to get my AWI French on the table, but managed to leave the tray at home. At least my Brutish and Hessians made it to the table. I only managed to take a few photos of what was a rather short, but enjoyable game.