Mecklenburg-Schwerin Leibgarde zu Pferde

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Origin and History

A Leibgarde zu Pferde was raised before 1700 and disbanded in May 1702.

On August 24, 1705, Colonel Waldemar Gustav von Wedel became chef of the Krassow Dragoons. After his death on September 4, 1708, Duke Frederic William made himself owner of the regiment, which was now designated as Leibregiment (zu Pferde).

In 1719, after the Reichsexekution against Duke Carl Leopold, most of the Mecklenburg-Schwerin troops were sent to Russia. But the duke was able to save a little part of his military forces, including cavalry, at the fortress of Dömitz. This cavalry force was not strong, a muster roll of the Hochfürstl. Mecklenburgischen Leib Regiment zu Pferde from November 26, 1727 mentioned only 113 men.

In 1747, Duke Christian II. Ludwig ordered a reinforcement of his military and in 1748 a new Leibgarde zu Pferde was raised with 60 men. In 1756, its strength amounted to 36 troopers and some unmounted men.

During the Seven Years' War, the successive commanders of the unit were:

  • until December 14, 1747: Lieutenant-Colonel Ulrich Hans von Blücher
  • until 1760: Prince (since 1756 hereditary prince) Ludwig, Duke of Mecklenburg
  • from 1760: Colonel Otto von Barsse

After the Seven Years’ War, the regiment was disbanded, only the first squadron remained as Leibgarde zu Pferd. In 1810 the remnants of the Leibgarde zu Pferd were amalgamated with the 4th Battalion of the Mecklenburg Kontingentsregiment to form the Grenadier-Gardebataillon.

Service during the War

Towards the middle of the Seven Years’ War, Duke Frederic I. reinforced his military. In 1760 the Leibgarde zu Pferd was augmented to 230 men in 4 companies and renamed Leib-Regiment zu Pferde.

Uniform

Until 1760, as Leibgarde zu Pferde, the uniform was kornblau (probably kornblumenblau = cornflower blue), no further details are known.

In 1760, as Leib-Regiment zu Pferde, the regiment probably adopted an almost identical copy of the uniform of the Württemberg Garde du Corps.

Troopers in 1760

Uniform in 1760
Headgear black tricorne laced gold
Neckstock no information found
Coat straw yellow
Collar crimson
Shoulder Straps no information found
Lapels no information found
Pockets no information found
Cuffs crimson
Turnbacks crimson
Waistcoat crimson, perhaps bordered with a gold or yellow lace
Breeches buff or yellow leather
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt no information found
Waistbelt no information found
Cartridge Box no information found
Gloves no information found
Scabbard no information found
Footgear black boots

NCOs in 1760

The waistcoat was richly decorated with gold lace.

Standards

no information available yet

References

Keubke, Erna und Klaus-Ulrich; Mumm, Ralf: Das Mecklenburger Militär und seine Uniformen 1701-1918, Schriften zur Geschichte Mecklenburgs, Band 15, Schwerin 2005

Jahrbücher des Vereins für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde (Mecklenburgische Jahrbücher) 1836-1940

  • Schäfer, Ernst: Mecklenburgs Militärwesen vor und in den Freiheitskriegen: Vortrag, gehalten im Verein für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde am 21. Oktober 1913, bei der Erinnerungsfeier an die Leipziger Schlacht; Vol. 80 (1915), pp. 97-114

Acknowledgements

Volker Scholz for the initial version of this article