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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Battle of Krefeld June 23, 1758

This was another Allied force sent against the French. Some of the visual date from the German mercenaries sent to aid Britain in the American Revolution.


Guidon bearer, Brunswick Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Ludwig, 1776-1777
Guidon bearer, Brunswick Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Ludwig, 1776-1777
Among the German mercenary troops arriving at Quebec in 1776 was a unit of cavalry from Brunswick. Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Ludwig (or 'Prince Ludwig's Dragoon Regiment') was supposed to be given horses in North America, and wore high leather riding boots. Still waiting for horses, they marched south with General Burgoyne's army in 1777 and were captured after the British defeat at Saratoga. Recruits sent from Brunswick allowed the regiment to be reformed at Quebec in 1781. This man's uniform is in the traditional cornflower blue of the Brunswick dragoons. He holds a swallow-tailed cavalry flag called a guidon. Its pole is made in the form of a joisting lance, a fashion of the time. In the centre of the guidon is white horse of Niedersachsen, the crest of the Dukes of Brunswick. Confusingly, a very similar white horse of Hanover was used on British flags at this time. Reconstruction by Gerald A. Embleton. (Parks Canada)


Sapper, Brunswick Infanterie-Regiment von Riedesel, 1776-1777
Sapper, Brunswick Infanterie-Regiment von Riedesel, 1776-1777
Infanterie-Regiment von Riedesel was one of the Brunswick units that marched south with General Burgoyne in 1777. The sappers were tough, elite soldiers whose task was to clear obstacles laid by the enemy. They wore the mitre, the emblem of elite German soldiers, and their uniform was protected by a leather apron; they were equipped with an axe and a saw. Reconstruction by Gerald A. Embleton. (Parks Canada)





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