OFFICIAL CASUALTY LIST OF THE

PRUSSIAN I ARMY CORPS

UNDER LT-GEN VON ZIETEN II DURING THE 1815 CAMPAIGN

("Verlust-Liste des ersten Preußischen Armee-Korps in den verschiedenen Gefechten des Feldzuges von 1815")

 

edited  by Geert van Uythoven

 

 

 

 

brigade

 

killed

wounded

prisoner or missing

total

Off.

NCO

Other

Horse

Off.

NCO

Other

Horse

Off.

NCO

Other

Horse

Off.

NCO

Other

Horse

15. and 16. June: combats near Gilly and Gosselies, battle of Ligny

1. Brigade

7

11

223

17

35

79

586

7

5

27

1,407

-

47

117

2,216

24

2. Brigade

10

72

855

50

61

171

1,990

21

5

97

1,291

100

76

340

4,136

171

3. Brigade

11

21

163

-

31

38

647

-

3

89

1,480

-

45

148

2,290

-

4. Brigade

4

24

614

4

15

24

486

-

5

101

1,295

1

24

149

2,395

5

Reserve Cavalry

4

11

97

211

18

24

176

164

9

19

269

301

31

54

542

676

Reserve Artillery

1

2

22

97

1

7

59

26

-

-

9

7

2

9

90

130

Total:

 

37

141

1,974

379

161

343

3,944

218

27

333

5,751

409

225

817

11,669

1,006

18. June: battle of Belle-Alliance (Waterloo)

1. Brigade

-

1

30

5

7

10

140

2

-

2

109

2

7

13

279

9

Reserve Cavalry

-

-

2

9

1

-

10

17

-

-

-

-

1

-

12

26

Reserve Artillery

-

-

1

4

-

1

3

2

-

-

-

-

-

1

4

6

Total:

 

-

1

33

18

8

11

153

21

-

2

109

2

8

14

295

41

21. June: bombardment of Avesnes

3. Brigade

-

-

4

-

-

1

14

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

18

-

Reserve Artillery

-

1

1

5

-

-

3

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

4

5

Total:

 

-

1

5

5

-

1

17

-

-

-

-

-

-

2

22

5

26. June: before La Fère

Reserve Artillery

-

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

1

-

-

2

1

Total:

 

-

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

1

-

-

2

1

28. June: near Nantieul and Villers Coterets

2. Brigade

-

-

2

-

1

3

26

-

-

-

16

-

1

3

44

-

Reserve Cavalry

-

2

2

16

1

7

38

27

-

-

4

9

1

9

44

52

Total:

 

-

2

4

16

2

10

64

27

-

-

20

9

2

12

88

52

2. and 3. July± near Sevre, Meudon, Moulinot and Issy before Paris

1. Brigade

1

7

84

12

18

34

365

6

-

2

197

-

19

43

646

18

2. Brigade

-

3

133

4

8

17

241

2

-

-

7

-

8

20

382

6

3. Brigade

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

-

4. Brigade

-

-

27

-

3

11

105

-

-

-

-

-

3

11

132

-

Reserve Cavalry

-

1

-

11

-

1

2

5

-

-

-

-

-

2

2

16

Reserve Artillery

-

1

-

-

-

1

1

1

-

-

1

-

-

2

2

1

Total:

 

1

12

244

27

29

64

718

14

-

2

205

-

30

78

1,168

41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Corps:

 

38

157

2261

446

200

429

4,896

280

27

337

6,086

421

265

923

13,224

1,146

 

“The above losses are those just after the various combats, based on the returns of the respective brigades. So depicted is the total amount of men and horses that became ‘hors de combat’, or not able to fight anymore at that moment.

 

It is a fact that the initial and rather fierce attack of the enemy on 15 June against Thuin, Gilly, and Gosselies was directed almost completely against the outposts of the 1st and 2nd Brigade, as well as against both brigades themselves. In this fighting, the fusilier battalion of the 28th Infantry Regiment, as well as the one of the 2nd Westphalian Landwehr Infantry Regiment, were nearly completely destroyed by far superior cavalry attacks: on the evening of the 15th, both battalions were combined into a single battalion, together counting just 150 men.

 

This loss, by the way adding especially to the honour of the landwehr battalion as it has distinguished itself during very disadvantageous circumstances, should not be ignored. However, because of the fact that the French had to retreat after Belle-Alliance [Waterloo], they were not able to take with them their prisoners and the latter quickly rejoined their units again, the army corps receiving a very convenient addition. But because of this fact the loss sustained during the fighting is not diminished by it.

 

The further the army corps advanced into France, the stronger it became, because of the daily arrival of reinforcements as well as the return of the lightly wounded. Therefore the returns from the time the army corps was in Paris differ substantially from those forwarded by the brigades directly after combat.

 

The returns above depict – as the title says – the loss during the various combats themselves, and not the loss of the army corps on entering Paris. For example, the total loss of the Reserve Cavalry was according to the above returns 698 men; of these only 373 have been killed in battle or wounded, the remainder had been taken prisoner or had lost their horses. So they were put out of combat, but the greater part joined their units on the way to Paris again one way or another. So if one would say that the loss of the Reserve Cavalry was in total only 373 men, so only about half the amount given above, he has right regarding the loss during the whole campaign. However, this is not depicted here. The same is the case with the infantry and artillery.

 

This all to clarify things and as a reply to those judging that the figures given above are to high”.

 

 

Source: Militair-Wochenblatt No.9 (Berlin 1816)

© Geert van Uythoven