am reworking these regiments and adding two grenadier companies which
will be converged (in three pairs of two) to make grenadier
other thing that I have done is to enable the use of the Austrian
army in both the WAS and SYW. In the former the infantry formed in 4
ranks so I want to show a distinction. For the SYW (three ranks) the
five bases of 4 are simply placed side-by-side (bottom 2 pictures).
For the WAS (4 ranks) one base (which is split into two) is placed
behind the end bases – shown in top 3 pictures. This reduces the
frontage and shows an increase in depth for the extra rank. Six
hundred men in 4 ranks will have a frontage of about 150 men whereas
600 men in 3 ranks has a frontage of about 200. After Kolin the
Austrians were in 3 ranks.
only have two regiments of Hungarians in my army so to be able to
field a converged battalion of grenadiers I will need to add two
companies of grenadiers from another regiment not present in my army.
The Austrian method of converging grenadiers was quite different from
the Prussian method. The Prussians system was grenadiers from two
regiments (so 4 companies) in a permanent grouping that would only
change if numbers fell too low through desertion or casualties. The
Austrians, on the other hand, only tended to converge on the
battlefield, or just prior to it, to create an elite for a short
period of combat. Thereafter they returned to their parent battalions
to wait the next emergency or battle. Sometimes they were not
converged at all, for example at the battles of Lobositz and Prague.
When they are not specified in an OOB then you can assume that
grenadiers remained with their parent regiments. Mollwitz is another
example – no grenadiers are mentioned so it is reasonable to assume
they were within the battalions.
1760, when the new Landgrave Friedrich II reorganised his army, the
three former militia regiments were reorganised into three "Garrison
Battalions" of 4 companies each, and one standing battalion of
"Garrison Grenadiers" of 4 companies. This is the latter
and by the AWI this is Grenadier Regiment Rall of Trenton fame.
can see from the attached schematic that the uniform is basically the
same although some coat lace has been added and the mitre's back
colours has changed. The green flag has been somewhat embellished as
per the 'Prussification' of the army. Further worthy of note is the
fact that while the mitre rear of other ranks was piped white, this
piping is gold for NCOs.
one-battalion regiment fought at the Battle of Warburg.
Hessian army the regiments are normally of 2 battalions each of 500
men (5 bases per battalion) whereas I have made this stronger with 7
bases or 700 men. Figures are mostly Black Hussar with command from