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French Line Voltigeurs at Waterloo--28 figures in 6 poses
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Waterloo 1815

Item Number: AP062

French Line Voltigeurs at Waterloo

Date Released:  2016
Contents:  28 figures in 6 poses
Material:  Plastic (Fairly Hard)
Color:  light grey
Average:  24.5 mm (= 1.77 m)

Officially created in 1804 and 1805, voltigeurs were light infantry which had actually been around well before these dates.  The plan was that they were smaller men, more nimble and trained to act as skirmishers or otherwise help support the main body of the infantry, which would be fusiliers and grenadiers.  Since they were considered an elite, membership provided a privileged status for those too small for the grenadiers, at least in theory.  The typical French regiment in 1815 had several battalions, each comprising six companies--four of fusiliers, one of grenadiers, and one of voltigeurs.  Voltigeurs would often be seen deployed in front of the main line, sniping at the enemy to keep them at a distance and perhaps inflict a few early casualties.