Magdeburg Kammer Hussars de Collignon

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Origin and History

This unit of Landhusaren (militia hussars) was raised in October 1758 in Magdeburg. It counted:

  • 1 officer
  • 1 sergeant
  • 2 corporals
  • 30 hussars

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

  • since September 1759: Colonel von Collignon

At the end of the Seven Years' War, the unit was disbanded as per a Cabinets-Ordre dated February 15 1763.

Service during the War

In 1758, this small hussars unit had to escort recruits from the Prussian border up to Magdeburg. It also assumed patrol duty.

Uniform

Troopers

Uniform in 1758
Source: Dal Gavan from a template of Not By Appointment
Uniform Details as per Cremer and Bleckwenn
Headgear a black felt mirliton with a black wing and with white cords, knots and tassels
Pelisse indigo blue with seams piped with white thread and terminated with "Hungarian knots"
Fur trim unknown colour
Cords 10 rows of white cords
Buttons white metal
Dolman cyan blue with 10 rows of white cords with white metal buttons
Collar cyan blue with white piping
Cuffs cyan blue "Polish style" pointed cuffs with white piping
Trousers cyan blue decorated with an intricate white lace on each thigh and with a white stripe on the outer face of each leg
Barrel Sash red cords with white barrels
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt no information found
Cartridge Box no information found
Scabbard no information found
Boots black Hungarian boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth indigo blue; cyan blue "wolves' teeth" edged white
Sabretache cyan blue edged white and carrying a crowned white “FR” cipher


Troopers were armed with a musket and maybe a short sabre.

Officers

Officers had silver cords and lace to both the pelisse and dolman, Silver cockade on the mirliton.

NCOs

NCOs wore uniforms similar to those of the troopers with the following distinctions:

  • silver lace on cuffs of both dolman and pelisse
  • silver cords and tassels on mirliton
  • cyan blue cockade on mirliton

Musicians

no information found

Guidons

Guidons were not carried by militia units.

References

Bleckwenn, Hans: Die friderzianischen Uniformen 1753-1786, Osnabrück 1984

Cremer, Peter: Die preussischen Landregimenter & -milizen, die Stettiner Haff-Flotille und das Verpflegungswesen der Armee 1756-1753, KLIO-Arbeitgruppe, Heimbach, 1987

Grosser Generalstab Kriegsgeschichtliche Abteilung II, Die Kriege Friedrichs des Grossen, Part 3 Der siebenjährige Krieg 1756-1763, Vol. 1 Pirna und Lobositz, Berlin, 1901, Appendix 1