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10th Prussian Jäger Battalion (Hanoverian)
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10th Prussian Jäger Battalion (Hanoverian)

Circa 1900

Measurements: Height: 20cm (7.75in)

£875

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Unmarked silver standing figure of a Jäger rifleman in field service dress wearing shako with Prussian eagle plate, tunic with numbered shoulder straps and Swedish cuffs. The absence on the lower right sleeve of the ‘Gibraltar’ cuff title indicates a date of pre-1901. Mounted on turned ebonised base. Figure height: 15cm (6in)

The Prussian Hannoversches Jäger-Batallion Nr. 10 was formed in 1866 when Prussia annexed the Kingdom of Hanover and absorbed their army, though their official date of formation was 1803 as the light infantry of the Hanoverian Army. They traced their history further back to service under the British crown, most notably at the Siege of Gibraltar in 1779-83, then later at Venta Del Pozo in 1812 during the Peninsular Campaign and at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Later as light infantry it had been part of the Hanoverian army that defeated the Prussians at the Battle of Langensalza in 1866. As the new Prussian 10th Jäger Battalion they saw action in the Franco-Prussian War, including the Battles of Mars la Tour and Gravelotte-St. Privat. In 1914 it was garrisoned at Goslar and formed part of the X Army Corps with which it fought during the opening campaign of the First World War on the Western Front. In 1915 they were transferred to the Alpine Corps, seeing action in Italy, Serbia, Romania and again on the Western Front. The panzer leader Heinz Guderian was selected and elected for membership of the 10th Jäger Battalion in 1908 and received his commission in it when under the command of his father.

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