Voltigeurs


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Voltigeurs

 

soldiers in the French light infantry in the 19th century. The voltigeurs were introduced in France in 1804 when Napoleon I lowered the height requirement to increase the strength of the army at the time of conscription; this permitted him to increase the call-up of young men by 40,000. Voltigeur companies, battalions, and regiments were formed from these conscripts. The voltigeurs were armed with lightened rifles and sabers. A voltigeur had to be able to mount a horse in one leap, landing behind the cavalryman; he was also required to be a good reconnaissance scout and rifleman. The voltigeurs were abolished in 1871.

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And of course, as attrition created shortages, Voltigeurs were also issued the standard Mle 1777 infantry musket.
Voltigeurs practiced marksmanship, but the mechanical accuracy of a smoothbore musket shooting military paper cartridges is notoriously erratic.
Voltigeurs worked in groups under an officer, sergeant or corporal, who identified desirable targets.
The smoothbore was no match for the rifle, and Voltigeurs needed to move in as close as 50 yards to make shots count.
Voltigeurs were adept at annoying either formation.
My "Fusil de Marine An IX" was modified from a Pedersoli "Fusil de Dragon" for an earlier story (May 2011 issue) and "dragooned" into service with the Voltigeurs for this story.
Had they used patched balls, I believe, the Voltigeurs would've caused their opponents considerably more grief to 50 yards and beyond.
Later, Voltigeurs had to have two years of excellent service before admission and by 1809 were given higher pay.
As the Line Infantry advanced, Voltigeurs often returned to their position on the left of the line (Grenadiers were on the opposite flank) to advance as part of the line with bayonets affixed.
Voltigeurs were dressed head to toe in dark blue, a most sensible arrangement for a group dedicated to working in close to the enemy.
Thought Worthy (right) gamely holds the challenge of favourite Main Sequence to win the Great Voltigeur