Magdeburg Land Militia Regiment von Wegnern

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Origin and History

On July 13 1757, a Cabinets-Ordre instructed Lieutenant-General Franz Andreas von Borcke, commanding at Magdeburg, to raise militia units in Magdeburg and Halberstadt. Accrodingly, a militia regiment was raised in Magdeburg in August of the same year. It was known as the Landmiliz-Regiment Jung-Wegnern and consisted of 3 battallions (a total of 15 companies of musketeers without grenadier). Each company initially counted 133 privates.

The regiment was gradually reinforced and eventually counted :

  • 52 officers
  • 180 NCOs
  • 45 drummers
  • 3,000 privates

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

  • since August 1757: Colonel J. C. von Wegnern (Jung-Wegnern)

N.B.: exceptionally Colonel J. C. von Wegnern was simultaneously commanding the Land Regiment No. 3.

The regiment was disbanded on February 28 1763 as per a Cabinets-Ordre dated February 15 of the same year.

Service during the War

From the Spring of 1758, where it counted only half of its supposed strength, till the end of the war, the regiment never managed to be at full strength.

Uniform

Uniform in 1757-58

Privates

Uniform in 1757 - Source: Dal Gavan
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne without lace with 1 white button, with white specled black pompom and side-bobs
Grenadier there were no grenadiers in this battalion
Neck stock red
Coat Prussian blue smock with 3 white buttons on each side on the chest
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels none
Pockets none
Cuffs red Swedish cuffs, each with 2 white buttons
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat Prussian blue
Breeches Prussian blue
Gaiters black
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt one white belt over the left shoulder for the cartridge box and one narrower white belt over the right shoulder for the haversack
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box probably black
Bayonet Scabbard brown
Scabbard none
Footgear black shoes


Privates were armed with a short musket and a bayonet.

NCOs

no information found

Officers

Officers wore a white waistcoat and white breeches. Their coat had no turnback and had 6 silver buttons (arranged 2-2-2) on each side of their coat; 1 silver button on each side in the small of the back and 2 silver buttons on each pocket.

Musicians

no information found

Uniform in 1758-63

Privates

Uniform in 1758 - Source: Dal Gavan
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne without lace with 1 white button, yellow pompom and side-bobs
Grenadier there were no grenadiers in this battalion
Neck stock red
Coat Prussian blue lined red with 3 white buttons on each side on the chest and 1 white button on each side in the small of the back
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels none
Pockets none
Cuffs red Swedish cuffs, each with 2 white buttons
Turnbacks red
Waistcoat Prussian blue
Breeches Prussian blue
Gaiters black
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt one white belt over the left shoulder for the cartridge box and one narrower white belt over the right shoulder for the haversack
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box probably black
Bayonet Scabbard brown
Scabbard none
Footgear black shoes


Privates were armed with a short musket and a bayonet.

NCOs

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

  • tricorne with thin silver lace
  • pockets on the coat, each with 2 white buttons
  • no turnback

Officers

Officers had a white neck stock and wore a white waistcoat and white breeches. Their coat had no turnback and had 6 silver buttons (arranged 2-2-2) on each side; 1 silver button on each side in the small of the back and 2 silver buttons on each pocket.

Musicians

no information found.

Colours

Colours 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