Feldmarschall Blücher and soldiers of the Prussian Leib-Infanterie-Regiments wait for the car ferry to return them to Kaub following their reenactment of the Rhine river crossing. The Rheinpfalz castle can be seen in the background, it rests on the sandbank from which the second section of the pontoon bridge was thrown across the Rhine. The Prussian Leib-Infanterie-Regiment crossed the pontoon bridge on 2 January 1814. At 2:30 a.m. the previous day, infantry of the Prussian Avantgarde had begun crossing the Rhine in river barges to establish a bridgehead on the left bank. By 4:00 p.m. that day, 18 battalions were already across. Infantry of the 1st Prussian brigade crossed at 7:30 p.m. that night, followed by the infantry of the 2nd Prussian brigade. The pontoon bridge was completed at 9:00 a.m. on 2 January, and the ferry service could be temporarily interrupted.
- Preußisches Leib-Infanterie-Regiment (Nr. 8)
- Hessisches Leib-Garde-Regiment
Rhine-Crossing at Kaub
Prussians and Hessians in front of the Blüchermuseum, Metzergasse in Kaub
March to the Exerzierplatz drill ground
Blücherstraße in Kaub is very steep, and there are several historic Taverns along it.
Vineyards along the road to Weisel.
Unteroffizier of the Leib-Regiment drilling his men
Zur Mittagspause weggetreten – lunch break
Freiwillige Jäger volunteer light infantry skirmishing in front of the Leib-Regiment
Unusual, but typically Prussian drill for the final phase of a bayonet charge
March past the Blücherdenkmal
The ramp leading to the car ferry at Kaub
On board the car ferry, looking south, Rheinpfalz castle in the background
In the middle of the river, looking north
Approach march to the Gedenkstein monument on the left bank of the Rhine
Prussians and Hessians at attention in front of the Gedenkstein
Feldmarschall Blücher and his men waiting for the car ferry
Furling the colours of the Leib-Infanterie-Regiment
Military Miniatures Photo-CD
Military Miniatures Magazine was there to cover the Rhine crossing on 10 March 2001. We took over 400 photos, of which the best 143 shots were selected for our Photo-CD of the event. These high-resolution photos in .jpg-format may be edited on any PC or Mac, and they may be printed on high-quality photo paper at your local photo shop.