British Army Kriegsspiel pieces 1885

British Army Kriegsspiel pieces, 1885

The following description of Kriegsspiel Equipment provided by Brian Tough is from the “List of Changes in War Material” dated 15th December 1885.

(Webmasters note:  See Images of the British Army equipment for the conduct of war-games on a map 1896.).

4949 – Kriegsspiel men, box of

A pattern box, as above, with its contents, has been sealed to govern supplies. The box is made of mahogany, is provided with a lock and key, and is of the following dimensions: Length 12 ¾ in, Width 9 1/8 in, Depth 3 5/8 in.

It is fitted with two trays, each tray has a set of 308 “men”, for use in the war game. The men are small oblong pieces of type metal, varying in size according to what they are intended to represent. One set is coloured red, the other blue, They represent, respectively Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers, as follows:-

Infantry

  1. Battalions in line 36 pieces
  2. Half battalions (rifles) 6
  3. Battalions in quarter column 30
  4. Half battalions (rifles in quarter column) 6
  5. Companies 24
  6. Skirmishers 50
  7. Sentries 15

Cavalry

  1. Squadrons, Heavy Cavalry 8 pieces
  2. Squadrons, Light Cavalry 16
  3. Patrols 18
  4. Vedettes 15

Artillery

  1. Batteries, Horse Artillery 1
  2. Half Batteries, Horse Artillery 4
  3. Batteries, Field 9 pr 6
  4. Half Batteries, Field 9 pr 6
  5. Divisions, Field 9 pr 3
  6. Half Batteries, Field 16 pr 2
  7. Divisions, Field 16 pr 3
  8. Wagons, Horse Artillery 4
  9. Wagons Field artillery, 9 pr 6
  10. Wagons, Field artillery, 16 pr 3
  11. Artillery & Infantry Reserve Ammunition – Column Wagons 3
  12. Artillery Reserve Ammunition – Column Wagons 1

Engineers

  1. Companies 4
  2. 1/3 Pontoon Train 3
  3. 1/3 Equipment Train 3
  4. ½ Telegraph troop 2
  5. Trains 12

In the lower part of the box are contained the following items:

  1. 2 Boxwood scales
  2. 2 Boxwood slope scales
  3. 2 Metal space scales
  4. 2 Pairs of compasses
  5. 2 Instruments for moving pieces
  6. 2 Dice and box
  7. 2 Yellow pegs
  8. 10 Red pegs
  9. 10 Blue pegs
  10. 2 Coloured pieces (metal) – 1 red, 1 blue
  11. 1 Scoring board

These notes about the 1885 equipment are interesting. They tell us what was supplied in the set and obviously relate to the 1884 rules. The troop symbols above are some of those given in Rules For The Conduct of the War-Game 1884, produced for use in the British Army.

Bill Leeson

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