Pomeranian Provincial Hussars von Hohendorff

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Origin and History

In September 1757, a first squadron of Pomeranian Provincial Hussars was raised in Stettin under the name of Land-Husaren-Escadron Hohendorff. It consisted of:

  • 4 officers
  • 8 NCOs
  • 1 trumpeter
  • 100 hussars
  • 1 smith
  • 1 Bereiter

In October of the same year (or in September 1758 as per Cremer), a second squadron was raised and the unit became known as the Land-Husaren-Korps von Hohendorff. Each squadron then counted 120 troopers.

In April 1762, after the ceasefire with Russia and Sweden, the two Pomeranian Provincial Hussars squadrons were combined with the Neumark Kammer Hussars and the Kurmark Provincial Hussars to form the Provinzial-Husaren-Bataillon Hohendorff totalling 4 squadrons.

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

  • since September 1757: Captain G. A. von Hohendorff
  • from October 1758: Lieutenant-Colonel W. C. H. von Natzmer
  • from ????: Major O. G. von Stülpnagel
  • from 1761: Major G. A. von Hohendorff

At the end of the Seven Years' War, the battalion was disbanded. The foreigners serving in the two Pomeranian squadrons were incorporated into the Pomeiske Dragoons.

Service during the War

On August 22 1761, the Pomeranian Provincial Hussars took part in an engagement with a Swedish detachment near Neubrandenburg, capturing a standard of the Västgöta Horse.

In the Spring of 1762, the newly formed Provinzial-Husaren-Bataillon Hohendorff marched towards Neisse in Silesia.

Uniform

Troopers

Uniform in 1757
Source: Dal Gavan from a template of Not By Appointment
Uniform Details as per Cremer and the Grosser Generalstab
Headgear a black felt mirliton with a black wing and with white cords, knots and tassels
Pelisse dark blue with seams piped with white thread and terminated with "Hungarian knots"
Fur trim black
Cords 12 rows of white cords
Buttons white metal
Dolman dark blue with 12 rows of white cords with white metal buttons
Collar red with white piping
Cuffs red "Polish style" pointed cuffs with white piping
Trousers buff with dark blue Schalavary (overtrousers) probably edged white
Barrel Sash yellow and white as per Bleckwenn
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt one belt over the left shoulder for the cartridge box
Cartridge Box maybe black
Scabbard n/a
Boots probably black Hungarian boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth dark blue; red "wolves' teeth"
Sabretache black


Troopers were armed with a musket. They also had a white great mantle and a white mantle sack

Officers

Officers had silver cords and lace to both the pelisse and dolman.

NCOs

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

  • silver lace on cuffs of both dolman and pelisse
  • black and white cords on mirliton and uniform

Musicians

no information found yet

Guidons

Guidons 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