Spanish Corps of Engineers

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Origin and History

The Engineer corps consisted exclusively of learned engineers and had no sappers or miners attached to it (the first regiment of sappers-miners was created only in 1802).

During the Seven Years War, the Engineer corps had the same chief as the artillery: the General Director of Artillery and Engineers (count de Aranda in 1756).

Ranks in the Engineer corps were different from those of the infantry and artillery. The following table shows the correspondance between the ranks of these arms.

Engineers Infantry and artillery
Chief engineer Colonel
Engineer in second lieutenant-colonel
Ordinary engineer captain
Extraordinary engineer lieutenant
Draughtsman engineer sub-lieutenant

Service during the War

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All members of the Engineer corps ranked as officers. The various ranks were probably distinguished by the type of handle of the officer stick as in the infantry (see Spanish Line Infantry Uniforms). They were probably further distinguished by the width and sophistication of the piping and braids on the coat and waistcoat.


Uniform in 1759 - Source: Ibrahim90
Uniform Details as per
the Album de Taccoli of 1759
Musketeer black tricorne laced white with a red cockade
Grenadier not applicable
Neckstock white
Coat dark blue laced silver with white buttons and silver buttonholes
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets laced silver with silver buttonholes
Cuffs red laced silver with 3 white buttons and 3 silver buttonholes
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat red laced silver with silver buttonholes and horizontal packets laced silver
Breeches dark blue with 3 silver buttonholes
Gaiters none (white stockings)
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box n/a
Bayonet Scabbard n/a
Scabbard brown


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Album de Taccoli, 1759


Juan José Torres and the Asociación Cultural de Modelismo Histórico Alabarda for the information and counselling provided for this article.