Pomeranian Land Militia Battalion Nr. 7

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Origin and History

On July 13 1757, a Cabinet Ordre created the Militia of Pomerania and Uckermark. The present battalion, initially known as the Land-Bataillon Grumbkow, was raised in Altdamm in August 1757. It originally consisted of 5 companies of musketeers (no grenadier), each company consisting of:

  • 1 captain
  • 1 lieutenant
  • 1 ensign
  • 6 NCOs
  • 1 or 2 drummers
  • 100 privates

At the end of 1757, the companies of the Pomeranian militia battalions were reduced to 96 men.

In 1759, a company of grenadiers, also designated as Rekruten-Kompagnie, was raised. During campaigns, this company was converged with other companies of grenadiers of the Pomeranian militia battalions to form distinct grenadier battalions. Otherwise, when on garrison duty, the company served with its parent battalion.

In 1760, each Pomeranian militia battalion received two light 3-pdr guns.

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

  • since August 13 1757 to July 1 1762: C. C. von Grumbkow

The battalion was disbanded on July 1 1762.

Service during the War

no information available yet

Uniform

Uniform 1757-1758

Privates

Uniform in 1757 - Source: Dal Gavan
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne without lace, red/white pompom
Grenadier during this period there were no grenadiers in this battalion
Neck stock black
Coat dark blue unlined smock with 3 pewter buttons (arranged 1-1-1) on each side on the chest
Collar none
Shoulder Straps dark blue fastened with a pewter button
Lapels none
Pockets none
Cuffs none but 2 pewter buttons placed as they would have been on a Prussian style cuff
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat none
Breeches dark 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:

  • tricorne laced white with black and white quartered pompoms.

Officers

Officers had tricorne wearing a thin golden lace.

Musicians

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

Uniform from 1759

Privates

Uniform in 1759 - Source: Dal Gavan
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne without lace, red/white pompom
Grenadier no information available
Neck stock black
Coat dark blue lined red with 3 pewter buttons (arranged 1-1-1) on each side on the chest
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels none
Pockets none
Cuffs black
Turnbacks red
Waistcoat dark blue
Breeches dark 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 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:

  • tricorne laced white with black and white quartered pompoms.

Officers

Officers had tricorne wearing a thin golden lace.

Musicians

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

Colours

Colours were not carried by militia units.

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