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:
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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.
|Headgear||black tricorne laced white with a white and blue cockade fastened on the left side with a white strap|
|Waistcoat||white with white buttons|
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.
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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