|Siege of Philippsburg - 1734|
Much as I love the Prince August 40mm Karoliners, Holger Eriksson's passion seemed to be modeling the Swedes, with their Russian counterparts receiving scant attention. Oddly, Prince August has mostly perpetuated the imbalance with their new Karoliners. What we have in the main are uniquely Swedish troops that fall between two stools stylistically: coats with turnbacks & collars more typical of the WAS/7YW on the one hand and buckled shoes & stockings, officers wearing old-fashioned perukes on the other.
Many cheerfully take the mixed stylistic elements in stride and use the PA's for the 7YW era, as well as Imagi-nations with no reservations. That's a practical and perfectly acceptable approach. But I've often wondered if the PA's might not be well-suited to a time splitting the difference between the early 1700's GNW/WSS and the mid-century 7YW. Why not the War of the Polish Succession, with the fighting (what there was of it) taking place between 1733-1735 ?
There's no doubt that the War of the Polish Succession has held little appeal for military historians. The obvious reason is its legacy as kingly warfare taken to an extreme; lots of posturing and maneuvering with little actual fighting, quite lacking in decisive results. Then too, England stayed out of it, also contributing to the dearth of literature in English. About all we've got is the King of Siam's slim volume published in 1901 http://archive.org/details/warofpolishsucce00vajirich and Sutton's "The King's Honor & the King's Cardinal" (1980), some 206 pages in which the diplomatic preliminaries take up the first 1/3 of it. Readers of French and German are probably better served.
Yet this relatively unknown war presents some opportunities for gamers: not a lot happened but a lot could have happened. It has potential for Imagi-nations or what-if gaming involving real countries. And aside from England, all the key players were involved: France, Spain and the Kingdom of Sardinia vs. Austria augmented by small Imperial states, Russia, Prussia, Saxony, as well as contingents from Denmark, Hanover & etc. A virtual riot of uniform painting opportunities - if we can figure out what they looked like !
The next post will touch on some of those uniforms, ca. 1734-1735.