The Kingdom of Wurttemberg became a full member of the German Empire in 1871, with the capital historically based around Stuttgart, and including the majority of the ancestral regions of Swabia and Franconia. The military forces of Wurttemberg were slowly amalgamated into the greater German army, units retaining less autonomy and becoming more heterogeneous with the mass mobilization of the Great War. This horse and rider are an Imrie-Risley museum quality miniature kit in 54mm with wonderful sculpting and cast in Pewter. The kit is cleaned of flash, primed and painted to depict figure #96 on plate 36 of AE Haswell Miller’s fine book “Vanished Armies”. The figure in the book is shown ‘undress uniform’ with forage cap, where this figure is the full dress uniform for parade. The helmet is a picklehaub, with tassels all buffed and polished. The pennant is the black over red colors of his native Wurttemberg.
Miller would have seen most of the Imperial German military units when he was stationed in Munich after 1908. It is interesting to note that even during relative peacetime, he witnessed many military parades and encountered men in military attire on the street. This martial bearing of all the European powers seems to be an underlying current in the politics leading up to World War I. Could it be said that the constant presence of the military, men trained for war, contributed to the domino effect of various countries declaring war, ostensibly to fulfill a treaty obligation, but maybe really, because they were spoiling for a fight with historic rivals?