Brunswick Jäger Corps

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Origin and History

The unit was raised in 1759 with British subsidies. It initially consisted of a staff of 16 men and of 2 mounted and 3 foot brigades (coys) of 99 men. One of the foot brigade was armed with rifle.

In June 1762, the unit was reinforced and consisted of 3 mounted and 4 foot companies with a staff of 23 men for a total of 746 men.

The regimental artillery consisted of 2 amusettes (light guns) served by 13 men.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was commanded by:

  • from 1759: von Hoym

The foot jägers were disbanded in 1763 while the mounted jägers were renamed “Light Dragoons”. They were finally disbanded in 1806.

Service during the War

During the war, the unit skirmished at countless small engagements like Oberelsungen, Butzbach, Beberbeck, Busdorf, Homberg, Amenburg, Oelper and Gruningen.

On July 10 1760, the corps took part in the Combat of Corbach where it was attached to the left column under Lieutenant-General Griffin.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform - Source: Ibrahim90 from a template by Hannoverdidi
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer unlaced black tricorne with black cockade and dark green pompoms
Grenadier none
Neck stock black
Coat dark green
Collar red (straw for mounted jägers)
Shoulder Straps dark green with 2 pewter buttons below the right lapel
Lapels red (straw for mounted jägers) with four pewter buttons
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with three pewter buttons
Cuffs red without buttons (straw for mounted jägers)
Turnbacks red (straw for mounted jägers) fastened with a pewter button
Waistcoat dark green with pewter buttons (straw for mounted jägers)
Breeches white (straw leather breeches for mounted jägers)
Gaiters black
Leather Equipment
Cross-belt black
Waist-belt black
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard black
Footgear black shoes (black boots for mounted jägers)


The troopers of the 1st and 3rd brigades were armed with muskets while the 2nd brigade was armed with jäger rifles.

Other interpretations: Schirmer mentions yellow buttons.

Officers

n/a

Musicians

n/a

Colours

None.

References

Deutsche Uniformen, Bd. 1, Das Zeitalter Friedrich des Großen, 240 illustrations by Herbert Knötel d. J., with text and explanations by Dr. Martin Letzius, Sturm-Zigaretten GmbH, Dresden 1932

Ortenburg, Georg von: Braunschweigisches Militär, Elm Verlag, Cremlingen, 1987

Pengel & Hurt: German States in the Seven Years War 1740 to 1762, Imperial Press

Schirmer; Friedrich: Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756 - 1763. Edited and published by KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg e.V., Magstadt, 1989