Origin and History
The full name of the unit was the Husaren-Eskadron der Volontaries Auxiliars de Bronswick which is very much a mix of French and German. It was formed in 1762.
The "Volontaires auxiliaires" consisted of 3 companies of grenadiers, totalling 417 men, and 3 squadrons, totaling 388 men, for a grand total of 805 men. The 3 squadrons consisted of:
- 1 squadron of "Turks" or "Spahis", i.e. Bosniaken style lancers (Uhlanen)
- 1 squadron of hussars
- 1 squadron of grenadiers à cheval
During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was commanded by:
- from 1759: von Rauch
In January 1763, this exotic unit was taken into Prussian service. Later that year disbanded and the men incorporated into the Magdeburg inspection infantry regiments.
Service during the War
Participated extensively in the Kleinkrieg.
|Headgear||white turban with a red fez|
|Coat||grey caftan (black as per Ortenburg) edged white with 4 white buttonholes with tassels
|Breeches||light blue trousers|
The Bosniaken carried a sabre and a lance with a blue and yellow pole and a blue and yellow pennant.
|Headgear||black fur hat with a yellow bag and yellow cords|
|Dolman||dark blue edged dark yellow with brass buttons and yellow braids
|Pelisse||dark blue laced yellow with black fur trim|
|Breeches||dark blue laced dark yellow|
Troopers were armed with a sabre, carbine and pistols.
|Headgear||French style dragoon cap (Kaskett)|
|Coat||yellow leather ???Schirmer light blue for foot, blue for horse???
Officers and NCOs were distinguished from troopers by golden laces.
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Pengel & Hurt, German States in the Seven Years War 1740 to 1762, Imperial Press
Schirmer; Friedrich, Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756 - 1763. Edited and published by KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg e.V., Magstadt, 1989