Livdragoner

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Origin and History

The regiment was initially raised in 1536 in south-western Finland. In 1721, it was renamed "Livdragonregemente".

The regiment counted 8 companies for a total of 1,000 men.

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

  • no information available yet

Service during the War

At the beginning of the Seven Years' War, the regiment was stationed in the Finnish provinces of Åbo and Björneborg.

In 1761, 4 companies (500 men) of the regiment were sent to Pomerania to reinforce the Swedish expeditionary force operating against Prussia.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1757 - Source: Kronoskaf
Uniform in 1757
Headgear black tricorne without lace and with a brass button on the left side
Neck stock black
Coat medium blue lined white with 12 brass buttons down the front and 2 brass buttons in the small of the back
Collar white
Shoulder strap medium blue fastened with 1 brass button
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 brass buttons
Cuffs white, each with 3 brass buttons
Turnbacks white
Waistcoat white
Breeches buckskin or reindeer skin
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather bandolier
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box n/a
Scabbard black with brass fittings
Bayonet scabbard none
Gloves chamois
Footgear black boots
Horse Furniture
Housings medium blue laced white with 3 small golden crowns in the lower rear corner
Holster caps medium blue laced white with 3 small golden crowns in the upper part
Blanket roll medium blue


Troopers were armed with a sword, a pair of pistols, a short dragoon musket and a bayonet.

Officers

The officers wore the same uniform as the troopers with the following exceptions:

  • a gold laced tricorne
  • black breeches (sometimes)
  • housings and holster caps laced gold

NCOs

The NCOS wore the same uniform as the troopers with the unique distinction of a narrow golden lace on the tricorne.

Musicians

The musicians wore medium blue uniforms with white swallow nests laced yellow at the shoulders. The uniform had no additional laces.

The drums were made of brass with white rims.

Colours

The pikes used as staffs to carry the colours were always striped in blue and yellow. The standards were swallow tailed, had gold finials, and gold and silver cords, tassels and fringe.

Lifstandar (colonel standard): white field; borders heavily embroidered in gold and silver; centre device carried the crowned royal arms of Sweden flanked by 2 crowned golden lions.

Kompanistandar (ordonnance standard): white field; borders heavily embroidered in gold and silver; centre device consisting of the royal cipher “AF” surmounted by gold crown; green and gold palm branches beneath tied with a red ribbon.

Lifstandar - Source: rf-figuren using elements of a template by Hannoverdidi
Kompanistandar - Source: rf-figuren

The colonel's squadron carried the Lifstandar, each other squadron had a Kompanistandar.

References

This article contains texts translated from the following books which are now in the public domain:

  • Großer Generalstab, Die Kriege Friedrichs des Großen - Dritter Teil: Der Siebenjährige Krieg 1756–1763. Vol. 6 Leuthen, Kriegsgeschichtliche Abteilung II (Publisher), Berlin 1904, pp.92-107, Annex pp. 11-16

Other sources

Pengel, R. D. and G. R. Hurt; Swedish Army in Pomerania – 1757-1763, Birmingham, 1983

Schirmer, Friedrich, Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756-1763, published by KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg, Neuauflage 1989

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