Rangoni Dragoons

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Origin and History

On the eve of the War of the Austrian Succession, in 1740, the duke Francesco III of Modena raised the Rangoni Dragoons consisting of about 180 men in 2 squadrons.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, after the invasion of the Duchy of Modena by an Austro-Piemontese arme, the regiment was disbanded.

In 1747, the regiment was re-raised as a military police force.

By 1759, the regiment had been increased to 3 squadrons, each consisting of 2 companies of 70 men, for a total of 420 men.

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

  • no information found yet

Service during the War

In April 1759, after the appointment of the Duke Francesco III as governor of Milan by Maria Theresa, there were some 2,700 Modenese soldiers in the territory of Milan assuming garrison duties. This force included 2 squadrons (about 280 men) of the regiment, the last squadron remaining in the duchy of Modena.


Uniform in 1759 - Source: Ibrahim90
Uniform Details
Headgear black tricorne laced white with a white and blue cockade fastened on the left side with a white strap
Neckstock white
Coat turquin blue
Collar none
Shoulder strap yellow aiguillette on the right shoulder
Lapels red with 6 white buttons (3-2-1)
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 white buttons
Cuffs red with 3 white buttons
Turnbacks red
Waistcoat white with white buttons
Breeches buff
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt white
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box n/a
Scabbard brown
Footgear black boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth turquin blue edged with a thick white braid
Sabretache turquin blue edged with a thick white braid
Blanket roll n/a

Troopers were armed with a sword, a pair of pistols and a carbine.


The officers wore the same uniform as the troopers with the following exceptions:

  • red cuffs edged white


The officers wore the same uniform as the troopers decorated with the royal lace (alternating light blue and white squares) on the edges and seams.

The drum barrel was made of brass and decorated with turquin blue points edged white.


no information available


Antonini, Eraldo and G.C. Boeri; Bandiere Militari Estensi del '700, in Bellica

Archivio Stato Modena; 1750 Stato delle Truppe di S.A. S.ma di Modena, Reggio, Mirandola

Ferri Personali, Fabrizio; L'Esercito Estense, in Araldica Nobili e Cavalieri

Menziani, Dr. Alberto; La Storia militare del Ducato di Modena - è tratto dal periodico illustrato di storia, arte, tradizioni e dialetti], in Il Ducato - Terre Estensi, Associazione Culturale “Terra e Identità”, Modena

Vinkhuijzen Collection of military uniforms, Italy – Modena, 1625-1765 New York Public Library


Luc Antonelli for gathering most of the information about this regiment