Thursday, February 28, 2008

Horse - Prinz Wilhelm

Inhaber
1714 Prinz Maximilian, 1753 Prinz Wilhelm, 1760 Erbprinz, 1774 Carabinier-Corps

Unit History
The regiment was formed in 1688. It was engaged at Hastenbeck, Rheinberg, Krefeld, Lutterberg, Sonderhausen, Bergen, Minden, Detmold, Raumberg, seige of Marburg, Fulda, Kloster Kamp, Duderstadt, Langenfalza, Scheidingen, Ziegenheim, Offendorf, Arensberg, Wilhelmstal, Gruningen, Rauheim, Burggenminden. A regular unit used extensively in the Western theatre 'Kleinkrieg'.
At Bergen, April 1759, the regiment was in the left column of the Anglo-Allied army. The infantry in the column were fed into the initial assaults on Bergen and beaten back while the cavalry protected their flank.
At Minden, August 1759, two squadrons fought on the left flank in the first line brigaded with Hammerstein Horse (Hanoverian), Lieb (Hessian), and Holstein Dragoons (Prussian). The brigade was under the command of Lieutenant-General Duke von Holstein.










The unit was also known as the 'Rote Dragoner' and is shown wearing a temporary field sign of oak leaves. The use of the field sign is due to the French cavalry having units with similar coat and facing colours. Was one of the parent regiments of the 1902 Hussar Regiment K├Ânig Humbert von Italien (1st Kurhessisches Regiment) No.13.

Comments
This is one of my ‘Bergen’ units. The figures are Front Rank British/Hanoverian cavalry without a musician. Using the musician from the range is not possible as the GR monogram is far too noticeable to convert. A better figure for a musician would be the Prussian Cuirassier trumpeter. Unit painted in 2003.

Sources
Image:
http://www.britishbattles.com/seven-years/kloster-kamp.htm
Tetx: Pengel & Hurt, German States in the Seven Years War 1740 to 1762, Imperial Press
K. Trenkle, Nix wie weg… die Hesse komme, Verlanganstalt Marburg

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