Origin and History
The regiment was raised in 1671 and garrisoned at Luneberg.
During the Seven Years War the regimental inhabers were:
- since 1740: de Soubiron
- from 1756: Zandre de Caraffa
- from 1757: von Halberstadt
- from 1761: von Linsingen
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 detachment posted between Afferde and Diedersen. This detachment executed an outflanking movement against the French offensive at Hastenbeck and caused near panic among the French towards the conclusion of the battle.
On May 26 1758, 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, Wangenheim's Corps 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 in the brigade placed under the command of the Erbprinz (Hereditary Prince) of Brunswick.
In June 1759, the regiment was once more 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. The regiment helped assault the village of Totenhausen on the right flank.
On February 15 1761, the regiment took part in the combat of Langensalza where it was deployed in General von Spörcken's Corps. On March 21, the regiment fought in the engagement of Grünberg. On July 16, the regiment took part in the battle of Vellinghausen where it was attached to the Reserve.
By May 23 1762, the regiment served in the Corps of the Hereditary Prince of Brunswick operating in Westphalia. On August 30, the regiment took part in the combat of Nauheim where it was deployed in Lieutenant-general von Hardenberg's Column. On September 21, the regiment fought in the combat of Amöneburg where it was deployed in Zastrow's Corps occupying the ground immediately before the Brücker Mühle (Zastrow commanded in the absence of Lieutenant-general Hardenberg).
|Coat||red with 2 pewter buttons and 2 white buttonholes under the lapels
|Waistcoat||straw with 2 horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons|
N.B.: some sources indicate buff as the distinctive colour.
Troopers were armed with a musket and a sword (brass hilt), and carried a dark brown haversack with a metal canteen on the left hip.
Officers had silver 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 white.
The drum pattern had hoops in alternating gold yellow 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 except 10-B).
Regimental Flag: Dark yellow field. Mars seated on a trophy of arms above flies the spirit, Fame, above which is a scroll with the inscription NULLI SINE MARTE TRIUMPHI. Hereafter, we present an illustration from the Reitzenstein Sammlung, dating from circa 1761 (left) and the interpretation of Hannoverdidi (right).
Biles, Bill, The Hanoverian Army in the 18th Century, Seven Years War Association Journal Vol. VI No. 3
Gmundener Prachtwerk, circa 1761
Knötel, H. d. J. and Hans M. Brauer, Uniformbogen Nr. 45, Berlin
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
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