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Fantasy Orbats 1: The Modern British Army at Waterloo

By Steve Brown

What if the units of the British Army on that day in June 1815 had been represented by their descendant regiments instead? Of the ten line infantry regiments in the modern British Army (excluding Paras and Ghurkas), seven were represented at Waterloo, including all 5 battalions of The Rifles, and 4 out of 5 battalions of the present Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Unfortunately the KGL cannot be shown, as the regiments descended from it effectively ceased to exist in 1945. Some British units present on that day have also ceased to exist, so cannot be listed. Still, those remaining look like this:

The Cavalry: Earl of Uxbridge

Royal Horse Artillery:

A Battery (Chestnut Troop)
E Battery

Household Brigade: Major General Lord Somerset

The Household Cavalry Regiment (The Life Guards)
The Household Cavalry Regiment (The Blues and Royals)
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards

Union Brigade: Major General Ponsonby

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Greys and Carabiniers)
The Royal Dragoon Guards

3rd Cavalry Brigade: Major General Dornberg

(lineage for KGL units ceased to exist after 1945)

4th Cavalry Brigade: Major General Vandeleur

The King's Royal Hussars
9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)
The Queen's Royal Lancers

5th Cavalry Brigade: Major General Grant

The Light Dragoons
The Queen's Royal Hussars (Queen's Own and Royal Irish)

6th Cavalry Brigade: Major General Hussey Vivian

(lineage for KGL units ceased to exist after 1945)

7th Cavalry Brigade: Colonel Arentschildt

(all disbanded)


1st Guards Division: Major General Cooke

1st Brigade: Major General Maitland

The Grenadier Guards

2nd Brigade: Major General Byng

The Coldstream Guards
The Scots Guards

2nd Division: Major General Clinton

3rd Brigade: Major General Adam

2nd Battalion, The Rifles
The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
4th Battalion, The Rifles

1st Brigade, King’s German Legion: Colonel du Plat

(lineage for KGL units ceased to exist after 1945)

3rd Division: Major General Alten

2nd Brigade, King’s German Legion: Colonel Baron Ompteda

(lineage for KGL units ceased to exist after 1945)

5th Brigade: Major General Halkett

3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment
2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh (Royal Regiment of Wales)

4th Division: Lieutenant General Colville

4th Brigade: Colonel Mitchell

1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (Royal Welch Fusiliers)
1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment
5th Battalion, The Rifles

5th Division: Lieutenant General Picton

8th Brigade: Major General Kempt

1st Battalion, The Rifles
3rd Battalion, The Rifles
The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

9th Brigade: Major General Pack

1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment
The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

6th Division: Lieutenant General Cole

10th Brigade: Major General Lambert

2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border
1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment
1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border)


5th Regiment, Royal Artillery
26th Regiment, Royal Artillery

(Apologies if I have missed any artillery regiment, my excuse is that the lineage of the modern RA is so very complicated!)


Where Have All the Regiments Gone? The Modern Descendants of the Regiments of the 1815 British Army: compiled by Donald E. Graves, Napoleon Series.


Placed on the Napoleon Series: April 2010

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