Thursday, February 28, 2008

IR Mansbach

1736 Waldenheim, 1744 Mansbach, 1763 Grafendorf, 1767 Prinz Sachsen-Gotha, 1776 Trümbach, 1778 Bose

Unit History
The regiment was formed in 1701 by von Schöpping. From 1746 to 1756, the regiment was loaned to Britain and located in Scotland fighting at Culloden. During the Seven Years War, the unit was present at Hastenbeck, Krefeld, Bergen, Minden, and Villinghausen.

At Bergen, April 1759, the regiment was part of the vanguard under Ferdinand of Brunswick. The regiment, along with the Brunswick Behr and Imhoff regiments supported by the Royal Horse Guards (3 squadrons), 3rd Dragoon Guards (2 squadrons), 2nd Royal North British Dragoons (2 squadrons), and Reusch Hussars (2 squadrons), advanced in support of the left flank attack on Bergen.
At Minden, August 1759, the regiment was located in the centre in the second line, along with the Hessian Prinz Karl regiment. Both units were part of Lt.-Gen. von Wutginau's brigade that supported the surprise advance of von Spörcken's corps.
During the American War of Independence the regiment was called by the name Trümbach after its Inhaber at the time. Was sent to North America in 1776 and later in 1778 the unit changed its name to von Bose. In North America, the unit was stationed in 1778 in Savannah, in 1780 in Charleston and was captured at Yorktown in 1781.
Was one of the parent regiments of the 1902 Imperial Army 83rd I.R.

The uniform changed in the 1750’s becoming more Prussian in appearance as blue trousers were replaced by white. I chose to paint the troops post 1760 because I can then use these troops as Hessians in the AWI. The troops can easily be confused with those from Hesse-Darmstadt. The only noticeable differences between the two troops are the red pom-poms and turnbacks. The new Hessian GMB Flags are beautiful. Unit painted in the spring of 2005.

Text: 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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