Friday, July 22, 2011

The Marketenderinnen of the Battle of Koniggratz 2011

 This year must have been warm or the ladies have dropped any Prussian reserve. Their "uniforms" as I have posted in the past seem to based on sketches of Zinnfigurin rather than a period source.

If anyone out there has seen a period photo or image of a German Markentenderin in this style uniform, please let me know. Here are a few photos of this years 1866 reenactment. The unterhosen seem to be an important feature....


  1. Markentdrinnen is a generic term for women who followed the armies and sold thier different forms food or whatever. They were mostly...but not all, prostitutes.The english term is Sutler
    Here´s a blog with some sculpts (vivandieres) but i think he´s using the wrong english translation or the generic term for women who followed camp.

    PS...I´ll get a new blog set Silly soldiers? I´ll have a look about and see who else does "silly" things , puts the plastic guys in odd situations...the more the merrier.
    I´ve got an e-mail adress but I´m a bit wary of putting it up on the web, ie; writing it out here :-/. Maybe you could join one of the forums I am on,,,bennos for example and we could use the PM system..or are you on any forums that I could join?

  2. Let me check out bennos if you have a link.

    I have to disagree a bit on cantinieres, vivandieres, and Markentederin being mostly prostitutes. The titles were early attempts in the 18th century to regulate camp followers with official titles to soldiers wives. These women sold food and drink (or did laundry) to keep the soldiers from leaving camp and being AWOL to get these services. These women had to been somewhat "respectable" to keep their jobs.

    I've been reading Thomas Cardosa's book on the subject.

    Intrepid Women: Cantinières and Vivandières of the French Army