Völschen Fusiliers

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in July 1760. It consisted of a single battalion. This battalion initially counted 4 fusilier companies of roughly 108 men. Later a fifth company was added and, in 1762, a sixth company composed of grenadiers was added bringing the regimental strength to six companies.

During the Seven Years' War, the regimental inhaber was:

  • from 1760: von Völschen

Service during the War

From its creation in 1760, the regiment remained in the principality of Brunswick throughout the Seven Years' War.

Uniform

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Privates

Uniform Details
Headgear
Fusilier black tricorne edged white with n/a pom poms
Grenadier none
Neckstock black
Coat dark blue with n/a buttons
Collar n/a
Shoulder Straps blue
Lapels n/a lapel, six n/a buttons
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with three n/a buttons
Cuffs n/a Swedish cuffs with two n/a buttons
Turnbacks n/a fastened with a n/a 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.

Officers

Officers wore uniforms similar to those of privates with the following distinction:

  • a silver gorget with an inner red metal disc charged with a galloping white horse
  • a silver sash interwoven with yellow
  • no turnbacks on the coat
  • an officer stick

Officers carried spontoons.

The officers of the grenadier companies wore tricornes and carried spontoons since 1754.

NCOs

NCOs carried halberds (Kurzgewehr).

Musicians

The drummers wore a dark blue coat with the collar, cuff, lapel and turnback the same as the troopers. The swallow nests on the shoulders were white while white lace edged the front of the coat.

The drum had a brass base carrying the Brunswick coat of arms with a rim decorated with diagonal stripes (unknown colours) and with white cords.

Colours

unknown

References

Ortenburg, Georg von, Braunschweigisches Militär, Elm Verlag, Cremlingen, 1987

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