Scheither Infantry

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Origin and History

Regiment of Foot Scheiter (Klinkenstrom in 1748) - Source: Gmundner Prachtwerk, a manuscript in the library of the Prince of Hannover

The regiment was raised in 1665. It garrisoned Stade.

During the Seven Years' War the regimental inhabers were:

  • from 1740: von Klinkenstrom
  • from 1756 von Scheither

Service during the War

On July 26 1757, during the French invasion of Hanover, the regiment took part in the battle of Hastenbeck where it was deployed in the first line of the right wing under the command of Lieutenant-general Zastrow.

On March 18 1758, during the Allied winter offensive in West Germany, 4 companies of the regiment took possession of Hameln. By May 26, the regiment was part of Wangenheim's corps encamped at Dorsten. On May 31, this corps accompanied Ferdinand of Brunswick in his offensive on the west bank of the Rhine. On June 18, it was part of Wangenheim's corps who passed the Rhine at Duisburg. On June 23, the regiment took part in the battle of Krefeld where it was deployed on the right wing under the command of the Erbprinz (Hereditary Prince) of Brunswick.

In June 1759, the regiment was part of Wangenheim's corps who had taken position at Dülmen in Westphalia to observe the movement of a French corps under the Marquis d'Armentières. On August 1, the regiment took part in the battle of Minden where it was deployed in Wangenheim's corps between Kutenhausen and the Weser, in the first line of the infantry centre. It helped in the assault the village of Totenhausen on the right flank.

On July 31, the regiment took part in the battle of Warburg where it was deployed on the right flank under the command of Lieutenant-general Hardenberg.



Uniform in 1759 - Source: Hannoverdidi
Uniform Details
Musketeer black tricorne laced yellow with a sprig of oak leaves, three dark green and red pom poms and a black cockade
Scheither Infantry Grenadier Mitre Cap - Source: Hannoverdidi
British style mitre cap: dark green front with brass shield and brass crown; small brass flap with springing horse; red sack, dark green base lined with yellow lace.
Neckstock black
Coat red with 2 brass buttons and 2 yellow buttonholes under the lapels (hidden by the sleeve in our plate)
Collar none
Shoulder Straps red (left shoulder)
Lapels dark green with 7 brass buttons and 7 yellow buttonholes
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 2 brass buttons and 2 yellow buttonholes
Cuffs dark green (slashed in the British pattern) with 3 brass buttons and 2 yellow buttonholes just above each cuff on the sleeves
Turnbacks dark green fastened with a brass button
Waistcoat dark green with 2 horizontal pockets, each with 3 brass buttons
Breeches straw yellow
Gaiters white
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard black
Footgear black

Troopers were armed with a musket, a sword (brass hilt) and carried a dark brown haversack with a metal canteen on the left hip.


Officers had gold lace lining the cuffs and lapels, a black cockade hat, a gold gorget with the arms of Hanover in the centre and carried a yellow sash slung over the right shoulder.

Sergeants wore straw gloves. Partizans were carried.


Drummers wore a red coat with swallows nest and lace in yellow.

The drum pattern had hoops in alternating dark green and red diagonal stripes, white drum cords over a brass drum with the Arms of Hanover in the centre.


Colonel Flag: White field bearing the arms of Hanover (common to all Hanoverian infantry regiments).

Colonel Colour - Source: Hannoverdidi

Regimental Flag: Dark green field golden lion reaching for chain within which is a sword and shield. Lion surrounded by palm wreath. Scroll above reads TU NE CEDE MALIS. Hereafter, we present an illustration from the Reitzenstein Sammlung, dating from circa 1761 (left) and the interpretation of Hannoverdidi (right).

Regimental Colour - Interpretation of the Reitzenstein Sammlung (circa 1761)
Regimental Colour - Source: Interpretation of user Hannoverdidi


Gmundener Prachtwerk, circa 1761

Knötel, and Hans M. Brauer, Heer und Tradition

Niemeyer Joachim, Ortenburg Georg, The Hanoverian Army during the Seven Years War

Pengel & Hurt, German States in the Seven Years War 1740 to 1762, Imperial Press

Reitzenstein Sammlung, Bomann Museum, Celle

Rogge, Christian, The French & Allied Armies in Germany during the Seven Years War, Frankfurt, 2006

Vial J. L., Nec Pluribus Impar

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