General Field Marschal Blucher


General Field Marschal Blucher

General field marschal Gebhardt-Lebrecht V Blucher, though seventy-two years of age at the time of Waterloo, and generally lacking in the tactical and strategic knowledge normally required to command and army, was genuinely lion-hearted and won his victories by perseverance rather than by tactical brilliance. His instance to keep his word to march and link up with Wellington was a vital factor in the allied victory; without ‘Marshal Vorwarts’ (as he was known to his men); the campaign could easily have had a different outcome.

The uniform worn by Blucher at Waterloo was in all probability the simple service dress worn by staff officers. The soft-topped cloth ‘Schirmutze’ cap, with simple grey greatcoat and cape, with the regulation Prussian sash of mixed silver and black threads.