Pomeranian Converged Frei-Grenadier-Corps von Wussow

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Origin and History

In June 1758, two companies of grenadiers were raised in Stettin among the eight existing Pomeranian Land Militia battalions. Each of these companies consisted of:

  • 4 officers
  • 6 NCOs
  • 3 drummers
  • 144 grenadiers
  • 1 surgeon
  • 1 gunner
  • 2 artillerymen
  • 1 light gun

In April 1762, after the ceasefires with Russia and Sweden, these two companies of grenadiers were sent to Silesia where, on June 17 they were combined with the four companies of grenadiers of Freikorps von Schony to form the Freigrenadier-Bataillon Hüllesem.

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

  • since June 1758: Captain J. W. von Wussow
  • from April 1759: Captain C. C. von Hüllesem (promoted to major on June 17 1762)

After the Seven Years' War, the battalion was disbanded, the foreigners serving in the two Pomeranian companies were incorporated into Garrison Regiment III.

Service during the War

On September 4 1761, the two companies of the unit successfully defended the Castle and bridge of Klempenow and drove back the attacking Swedes. However, they suffered heavy casualties, losing about 50% of their men.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1758 - Source: Dal Gavan
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer not applicable, this battalion consisted exclusively of grenadiers
Grenadier
Mitre Cap in 1758 - Source: Dal Gavan

light blue mitre cap decorated with a golden flaming grenade, light blue headband piped white, light blue back piped white, cyan blue pompom

Neck stock black
Coat Prussian blue lined red, 1 brass buttons on each side in the small of the back
Collar none
Shoulder Straps Prussian blue fastened with a brass button
Lapels cyan blue, each with 6 brass buttons (arranged 2-2-2)
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 2 brass buttons
Cuffs cyan blue Prussian style cuffs with 2 brass buttons on the sleeve flap above each cuff
Turnbacks red
Waistcoat cyan blue
Breeches cyan blue
Gaiters grey
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 black
Bayonet Scabbard brown
Scabbard none
Footgear black


Privates were armed with a short musket and a bayonet.

NCOs

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

  • mitre cap with a black and white quartered pompom
  • gold laced cuffs

Officers

Officers had tricorne wearing a scallopped golden lace and a black cockade. Gilt buttons.

Musicians

Drummers wore uniforms similar to those of the privates with a white swallow nest on each shoulder

Colours

Militia units did not carry any colour.

References

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