Rifle sections in Line Regiments?

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Rifle sections in Line Regiments?

Ben Townsend
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January 22nd, 2016, 3:54 pm #1

A letter book in WO3/194 details the issue of rifles from the Ordnance to the 1st, 2nd and 7th battalions of the KGL. The numbers are small, 19, 15 and 13 respectively. Are these for marksmen in light companies as we have previously speculated?

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July 28th, 2017, 10:04 am #2

As you probably know, ten Baker Carbines were initially issued to each Light Dragoon troop in the 14th and 15th, which was increased to 100 per regiment.
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Richard Warren
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July 30th, 2017, 4:01 pm #3

Beamish's History of the KGL, Vol 1, page 189:

"To each company of the German line regiments were attached ten men armed with rifles, who uniting in action, formed a corps of skirmishers, and were called scharfschutzen (sharp shooters.)"

The same volume has a uniform plate of a skirmisher from a line battalion grenadier company, with a rifle and equipped with a waist belt.

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September 8th, 2017, 9:21 am #4

Ben Townsend wrote: A letter book in WO3/194 details the issue of rifles from the Ordnance to the 1st, 2nd and 7th battalions of the KGL. The numbers are small, 19, 15 and 13 respectively. Are these for marksmen in light companies as we have previously speculated?
As Richard states, yes. They were called "Schützen", and it's a Germanic thing. Similar practise in Prussia, Bavaria, Denmark-Norway and others early in the period, I believe Prussia does away with them after the 1806-collapse, and organise the 3rd (Fusilier) battalions of each regiment as designated lights instead.

Having seen some British line groups with rifles in the past, I've always been curious whether it was based on sources or just nitwittery.
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