Representing the French demi-brigades for this campaign is not straightforward. Each demi-brigade consisted of 3 battalions, each of which consisted, on paper, of approximately 1,000 men. That explains why an early scenario like the Pyramids has such large units. However, by 1801, which is the phase of the campaign which I'm interested in, the battalions were reduced in strength. The GdB scenarios don't state how many battalions are in each demi-brigade and presumably the unit strength is a composite figure. The battalion structure was 1 grenadier and 8 fusilier companies, but the latter were reduced to 4 in 1799 to take account of casualties. My this 36-figure unit I have one stand of grenadiers and five of fusiliers, and this is clearly no attempt to replicate the individual battalions but rather to have something that looks good. One could, I suppose, have two stands of grenadiers and four of fusiliers, which might actually be more accurate. Each of the three battalions carried its own flag, so you then need to decide how many flags to allocate to your demi-brigade unit. I decided to give three flags to the larger units and two flags to the smaller one. Again, there wasn't that much thought behind that decision, other than the fact that if you give everything 3 flags you need a lot of standard bearer figures and to buy those you'll probably end up with left-over officers etc. That said, I understand that the third battalion of the 69th was on garrison duty during 1801, so this demi-brigade should in fact only have two flags. Never mind...the GMB flags are so good is seems a shame not in include as many as possible.
36 figures. Painted May-July 2017. Flags by GMB.