Truchsess Fusilier

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Origin and History

Truchsess Fusilier circa 1760 - Source: Becher, circa 1760

This Fusilier regiment was created on December 15 1752 from elements of the former Fuss Garde. It initially consisted of a single battalion counting 5 fusilier and 1 grenadier companies.

From its creation in 1752 to 1759, the regiment was subsidized by France.

From 1756, the regiment was designated as the Füsilierregiment Truchsess..

In 1757, the regiment was organised in 2 battalions with 5 fusilier and 1 grenadier companies per battalion. Each company counted some 100 men for a total book strength of 1,219 men including staff. Furthermore, each battalion had a 3-pdr gun.

In 1759, after its owner retired, the regiment was designated as the Füsilier-Regiment an vacant until it became the property of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm von Württemberg in 1762.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was owned by:

  • since December 15 1752: Major-general Leopold Eusebius Count von Truchsess-Scheer-Friedberg
  • from March 13 1759: vacant
  • from February 11 1762 to 1765: Prince Friedrich Wilhelm von Württemberg

During the Seven Years' War, the successive Kommandeure of the regiment were:

  • since 1752: Colonel Leopold Eusebius Count von Truchsess-Scheer-Friedberg
  • from 1756: Colonel Friedrich Hanns Ernst von Bock; then Colonel Johan Jakob von Linckensdorff
  • from 1757: Colonel Christian Eberhard von Georgii
  • from 1758: Colonel Christian Friedrich von Kettenburg
  • from 1760: Colonel Georg Benjamin von Holle

The regiment was disbanded in 1765.

Service during the War

During the war, the regiment was in the French service.

In 1757, the regiment joined the Austrian army in Silesia. In October, it was at the Siege of Schweidnitz. On November 22, it took part in the Battle of Breslau where it was deployed in the first line of the infantry centre of Nádasdy's Corps. On December 5 at the Battle of Leuthen, the regiment was deployed in the first line of the Württemberger Contingent under Marshal Spiznass at the extreme far left of the Austrian positions as part of Nádasdy's Corps which became the main target of the Prussian attack. During the same year, the 2 grenadier companies of the regiment were converged with those of Roeder Infantry to form the 3. Grenadier-Bataillon von Buwinghausen.

In 1758, one battalion of the regiment was part of Major-general von Roeder's Brigade (including also Prinz Louis Infantry and Roeder). On August 8, this brigade made a junction with Soubise's Army in Kassel. On October 10, the regiment took part in the Battle of Lutterberg where it was placed in the centre of the second line. On November 30, it was at the action between Fulda and Lauterbach.

On November 3 1759, the Duke of Württemberg was instructed by Broglie to march to Gemünden with his contingent. On November 11, the Württemberger Contingent arrived at Gemünden. The duke then sent his hussars on the Kinzig River. On November 19 and 20, the Württemberger Contingent (about 10,000 men), led personally by the duke, arrived at Fulda and took up its winter-quarters to assist the French army. On Friday November 30, an Allied force under the Hereditary Prince of Brunswick launched a surprise attack on Fulda, forcing the Würtemberger Contingent to retreat precipitously southwards on Bruckenau in the general direction of Frankenland and Württemberg. From December 19 to 23, the Württemberg Contingent (now only 7 bns) was at Steinberg. On December 25, the Duke of Württemberg marched to Schotten.

In 1760, the Württemberger Contingent operated under Austrian subsidies. Thus, the regiment joined the Austrian army in Silesia to fight against Prussia. In October the regiment took part in the siege of Wittenberg. It was its last noticeable action during the war.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform - Source: Dal
Uniform Details
as per Becher's Bilderhandschrift circa 1760 completed with other sources where necessary
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne edged yellow with yellow (or green) pompons and set with a single pewter button
Grenadier Prussian style mitre cap with a pewter front plate decorated with a mirrored C (for Carl Eugen) surmounted by a star and a ducal crown
Neckstock black
Coat dark blue in Prussian cut
Collar black
Shoulder Straps dark blue with a yellow aiguillette on the right shoulder
Lapels black set with 6 pewter buttons arranged in pairs
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Cuffs black Swedish cuffs with 2 pewter buttons
Turnbacks carmine red fastened with a pewter button
Waistcoat white
Breeches white
Gaiters black
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt white
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard black
Footgear black


Troopers were armed with a musket and a sword.

Officers

Officers wore a uniform quite similar to the troopers with the following exceptions:

  • no turnbacks
  • black and gold sash
  • beige gloves

Musicians

no information available yet

Colours

Informations about the colours of the Württemberger infantry regiments are very scarce. The following descriptions represent an "educated guess" based on a single source.

Leibfahne: white field with, on both sides, the arms of the duke of Württemberg, surmounted by a gold and red ducal crown. The coat of arms consisted of an oval shield surrounded by a necklace of the Order:

  • Necklace: 8 red links with a golden eagle, 8 blue links depicting precious stones and a red cross over a yellow background
  • Upper left canton: yellow and black checkerboard pattern (Teck arms)
  • Upper right canton: yellow flags on a blue field (Reichssturm)
  • Lower right canton: brown head with a red bonnet on a yellow field (Heidenheim arms)
  • Lower left canton: two gold fish on a red field (Monbéliard arms)
  • Central escutcheon: 3 black stag antlers on a yellow field

Here follows a tentative reconstruction of this flag:

Leibfahne - Source: PMPdeL

Regimentsfahne: probably red field (but might also have been of a different colour, even though black, the distinctive colour of the regiment, would be very unlikely) with

  • Right side: probably the arms of Württemberg (identical to those on the Leibfahne) surmounted by a gold and red ducal crown
  • Left side: probably the duke's cipher (a mirrored C)

Here follows a tentative reconstruction of this flag:

Regimentsfahne - Source: PMPdeL

N.B.: the Württemberger colours also carried the motto "Provide et constanter". However, the exact location (side and position) of this motto on the colours is unknown.

References

Becher, Johann Christian: Wahrhaftige Nachricht derer Begebenheiten, so sich in dem Herzogthum Weimar by dem gewaltigen Kriege Friedrichs II., Königs von Preußen, mit der Königin von Ungarn, Marien Theresen, samt ihren Bundesgenossen zugetragen, Weimar, ca. 1760 (Stiftung Weimarer Klassik)

Deutsche Uniformen, Bd. 1, Das Zeitalter Friedrich des Großen, 240 Bilder von Herbert Knötel d. J., Text und Erläuterungen von Dr. Martin Letzius, hrsg. von der Sturm-Zigaretten GmbH, Dresden 1932

Evrard P., Praetiriti Fides

Frederic, Jacques André, Etat des Trouppes de S.A.S. Monseigneur le Duc de Virtemberg et Theck sur pié en 1759, Augsburg, 1759

Kaufmann, Michael, Wurtemberg during the Seven Years' War, Nec Pluribus Impar

Knötel, R.: Farbiges Handbuch der Uniformkunde: Die Entwicklung der militärischen Tracht der deutschen Staaten, Österreich-Ungarns und der Schweiz. Begründet von Prof. Richard Knötel. Grundlegend überarbeitet und bis zum Stand von 1937 fortgeführt von Herbert Knötel d.J. und Herbert Sieg. Dem Stand der Forschung angepaßt und ergänzt von Ingo Pröper, überarbeitete Neuauflage, Stuttgart 1985

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

Service historique de l'armée de terre (SHAT), A4 XXVII, pièce 22

Zahn, Michael, Die Herzoglich Württembergische Armee im Siebenjährigen Krieg, Manuskript, Stuttgart: January 2008

N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.