I have only just started building up forces for the period and know very little about it. Is it normal to dispense with Battalion guns or add one to a wargame unit? Also I take it combined Grenadier units will have no flags?
I think part of the question might be, were grenadier companies actually companies. I know that during the Napoleonic era British grenadier companies were ad hoc formations. The grenadiers were drawn from the line companies on a temporary basis, still officially part of the line companies and still administered by the line companies. A British battalion of the Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars officially had eight (line) companies, even though they in actual fact on the field of battle had 10 (8 line, light and grenadier.)
There is evidence that this was the case in the American War of Independence. The grenadiers and light companies that went to Lexington and Saratoga were commanded by officers appointed from the line companies on a seniority basis, meaning that they didn't have any officers of their own, meaning that they were ad hoc formations. There is no indication that those companies carried any standards that I can find.
Now if this practice was common to all nations right back to the Seven Years War, (for military people tend to be a conservative lot,) then grenadier battalions formed from regular battalions would not carry a standard, even in the Prussian Army where all companies carried a standard. This is not true of the Prussian grenadier battalions formed from garrison troops; apparently they were issued a standard, or took one from the battalion. This too might apply to other nations.
I have never read anything about grenadier battalions having battalion guns. Did the armies carry extras around for when they did form up the grenadier battalions on the battlefield? Did the battalions give up one of their guns to each grenadier company? In that case, the four-company battalion would have 4 guns. Or was it only the grenadier battalions formed from garrison units that had battalion guns?
My problem with the rules and grenadiers is that the grenadier companies were taken from brigades and formed into battalions, one per brigade. Since the standard brigade for most nations was 2 regiments of 2 battalions each, that makes a grenadier battalion of 4 companies. The Hanoverians and British, having only one battalion per regiment, still formed brigades mostly of 4 battalions. Since my standard battalion size is six companies (or 6 platoons/peletons in the case of the French,) that makes the grenadier battalions undersized. So they get +1 for being elite and -1 for being undersized. Where's the advantage? If they stay with their battalions, they will make each battalion oversized, +1.
However I'm a stickler for tradition, so the grenadier battalions get formed.
I’m beginning to feel very relieved that I’m fighting the eastern campaigns. I’m sure Duffy mentions the grenadiers being issued with battalion guns because by the SYW they were no longer ad hoc formations, but were routinely paired when on campaign. Further, the Prussian Guard Grenadiers were a separate fully formed battalion so they did carry a standard.