1757 - French invasion of Hanover – French OOB August

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French Lower Rhine Army on August 28 1757

On August 28, 1757, the French Lower Rhine Army was under the command of the Duc de Richelieu. Overall, it counted 149 bns, 159 sqns, 4 artillery bns and 4 light units.

Field Army

The French Lower Rhine Field Army, excluding garrisons and corps on the march, counted 95 bns, 102 sqns, 2 artillery bns and 3 light units (volontaires); thus totalling approx. 50,000 foot and artillery, 12,500 horse and 1,500 light troops for a grand total of approx. 64,000. It included:

  • Main body (62 bns, 47, sqns, 2 artillery bns, 2 light units) under the direct command of the Duc de Richelieu
  • d’Armentières’ Corps (9 bns, 14 sqns)
  • Chevreuse’s Corps (30 sqns))
  • Duc de Broglie’s Corps (8 bns, 7 sqns, 1 light unit)
  • Guerchy’s Corps (16 bns, 4 sqns)

Garrisons and detached corps

On the same day a total of 54 bns, 57 sqns, 2 artillery bns and 1 light unit were in garrison duties or approaching Halberstadt:

  • in Celle (4 sqns, 2 light troops detachments (150 foot and 200 dragoons))
  • in Hanover or on their way to the city (6 bns, 4 sqns, 1 artillery bn)
  • in Brunswick and Wolfenbüttel (6 bns, 6 sqns)
  • on the march towards Halberstadt (3 bns, 6 sqns, 1 light unit)
  • in Hesse (7 bns, 17 sqns)
  • in East Frisia, Westphalia and Rheinland (32 bns, 20 sqns, 1 artillery bn)

References

Du Bois, Camps topographiques de la Campagne de 1757 en Westphalie etc., Le Hague, 1760

Grosser Generalstab Kriegsgeschichtliche Abteilung II: Die Kriege Friedrichs des Grossen, Part 3 Der siebenjährige Krieg 1756-1763, Vol. 5 Hastenbeck und Roßbach, Berlin, 1903, Appendix 15

Rogge, Christian, The French & Allied Armies in Germany during the Seven Years War, Frankfurt, 2006

Service historique de l'armée de terre - Archives du génie, article 15, section 1, §5, pièce 23

Service historique de l'armée de terre - A1 3536 – 111

Service historique de l'armée de terre - A4 29