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Germantown 1778 - Ansbach-Bayreuth troops in Amerika

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Visited the local Museum at Weidenberg near Bayreuth/Bavaria. It`s a Museum under private ownership dealing with the former garrison and military units at Bayreuth. While visiting I noticed 2 dioramas dealing with the american war of independence. First one dealing with the battle of Grmantown, May 18., 1778. Ansbach-Bayreuth infantry and Jäger fighting with troops under General Washington. Hessian troops are well known, but there where other soldiers from different earls who fight there. Ansbach-Bayreuth was an county reigned by Earl Alexander von Ansbach-Bayreuth who need money because of the so called Seven-Years-War.

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At February 28., 1777, he sends his sold troops to Amerika. The troops under Oberst von Eyb were Regiment Bayreuth (650 soldiers), Regiment Ansbach (650 soldiers), Jägers (100 soldiers) and 4 canon with 40 soldiers. They arrived at June 3., 1777.

 

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That's a very nice, well done diorama. Thanks for posting it. I grew up and lived about 4 miles for where the battle was fought. This is recent issue Army battle streamer for the Battle of Germantown. I have kept it because this battle was so near where I lived.

 

Thanks for the photos.

 

Dennis

 

 

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This diorama has so many elements. It immediately grabs your attention. I love the painted figures.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

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Are the figures flats?

 

Very strong German presence in PA.

 

Thanks for posting.


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Interesting that there's a lone Indian in the mix there.

 

In reality, at the battle of Barren Hill (May 17, 1778 - see https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-barren-hill-pennsylvania ) Lafayette assigned the 50 Oneida warriors attached to his command a screening mission. They pushed as far south east as Port Royal Avenue along the Ridge road.

 

There they encountered British General Grant's leading troops - possibly Hessian grenadiers.

 

Each side took one look at the other, said "what?" (naked savages! scary mustaches and brass mitres!) then fired a volley and fell back.

 

There use to be a Pennsylvania historical marker commemorating this skirmish by the Roxborough Presbyterian church.

 

Ask me how I know all this...

 

Additional readings on those Ansbach-Bayreuth troops

http://exulanten.com/delta.html

http://www.hasselbacher.org/hazelbaker/peter/muster/muster.html

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manayunkman, #1 and #2, in this pics the figures are flat, #3 is a diorama with full figures, think in 1:35.

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Interesting, thanks for posting.

 

There's a battle diorama in the Bennington Needle of Braunschwigers at this battle, that was cool, scale if I recall like 1/25.

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