Why not? Easy really. Hanover was out on a limb and quickly overrun by the Prussians but still gave them a bloody nose at Langenseltza before being forced to surrender as they were surrounded and out of ammunition and supplies. These figures are by 1866 Miniatures, from Company D, and are chunky but very nice. My only quibble is that the infantry should I believe be wearing short brown leather leggings. Not a problem. The range includes infantry, jäger, artillery, cuirassiers (in parade dress) and dragoons either wearing helmet or field cap. The latter variant are great as they are straight out of The Prisoner of Zelda (now there’s a thought….). The Dragoons in helmets will also do for the cuirassiers in campaign dress as they wisely ditched the white coats, be-plumed picklehaubes and cuirasses for a more sensible attire.
|Four battalions of Hanoverian infantry screened by a jäger battalion. With the addition of a regiment of Hussars or Dragoons and a battery of guns this makes up a brigade as per the 1866 order of battle.|
|Hanoverians artillery - two batteries of breach loading 4pdr Krupp rifled guns and one of 12pdr smoothbores. Behind them are the Gardes du Corps cuirassier regiment in all their finery.|
|The entire force, so far.|
|My favourite unit are these Jäger|
I have a command stand or two to start, including the blind King George, a regiment of Dragoons to finish and two battalions of infantry to base up, and I might paint up some spare Prussian Hussars as one of the Hanoverian regiments. Too much cavalry perhaps but my toys and my fantasy. All my 1866 and 1870 armies are a little bit cavalry heavy, but not by much. The flags are cobbled together from search results on the web. The figures shown were painted by mate Barry and based up by me.
The war was a sad end to the Hanoverian state, which was dismantled and absorbed along with army into the Kingdom of Prussia. The ‘new’ Prussian regiments were allowed to keep their old Hanoverian traditions, which goes to explain why in WW1 there were ‘Prussian’ regiments with ‘Gibraltar’ badges on their cuffs.