Leib-Garde zu Pferd

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Origin and History

A single squadron was raised on February 8 1660. It was disbanded in 1683.

A squadron was raised again on March 25 1695.

In 1734, the regiment became a cuirassier regiment until 1739.

The regiment counted 1 squadron on February 1744, for a total of 106 men.

In 1747, the regiment took the name "Garde-du-Corps"


During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was owned by the Duke of Württemberg.


During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was under the command of:

  • from 1752: Oberstlieut. Franz Karl v. Schach
  • from 1759: Oberst Karl Friedr. v. Wöllwarth
  • from 1760: Oberst Franz Karl v. Harling

In 1776, the regiment was formed into three companies : 1st company: Leib-Corps, 2nd company: Garde-du-Corps, 3rd company: Jäger-Corps

Service during the War

The regiment did not take part to the war.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1756 - Source: Frédéric Aubert
Uniform in 1756
as per Stadlinger completed with other sources where necessary
Headgear black tricorne laced silver with a black cockade and a white button
Neckstock red
Coat yellow
Collar red
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels "none" (or red with 8 white buttons and 8 white buttonholes if any lapels)
Pockets horizontal pockets with 3 white buttons and 3 white buttonholes
Cuffs red with 3 white buttons and 3 white buttonholes
Turnbacks red fastened with a small white button and edged by a silver (or white) lace
Waistcoat yellow bordered with a silver (or white) lace
Breeches yellow (or white)
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box natural leather
Gloves straw
Scabbard black with white metal decorations
Footgear black boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth perhaps red bordered with a silver (or white) lace, carrying a crowned mirrored C (for Carl Eugen) in gold in the rear corner
Housing perhaps red bordered with a silver (or white) lace; a mirrored C (for Carl Eugen) in gold


Troopers were armed with a sword, a musket and a cuirass.

Officers

no information available yet

Musicians

no information available yet

Colours

No detail about the standard has been found in our sources. According to the Militaerplan of 1758, the regiment had no cornet but had 1 Fahnenschmied.

During 19th century, we know that some Württemberger "Leib" cavalry regiments had standards in the model of a vexillum.

References

  • Stadlinger, L., J. von, Geschichte des Württembergischen Kriegswesens – von der frühesten bis zur neuesten Zeit, Stuttgart, 1856
  • Zahn, Michael, Die Herzoglich Württembergische Armee im Siebenjährigen Krieg, Manuskript, Stuttgart: January 2008

N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.