4. Heimburg Grenadiers

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Origin and History

This grenadier battalion was created in 1761.

During the Seven Years' War, the battalion was commanded by:

  • 1761: colonel Christian Friedrich von Heimburg

The regiment was diabanded in 1767.

Service during the War

The regiment did not see active service during the Seven Years War.

Uniform

Privates

Heimburg Grenadiers - Source: Frédéric Aubert
Heimburg Grenadiers in 1761 - Source: von Stadlinger, 1856
Uniform Details
as per L. J. Stadlinger, completed with other sources where necessary
Headgear
Musketeer not applicable
Grenadier Prussian style mitre cap with a brass front plate decorated with a mirrored C (for Carl Eugen)
surmounted by a star and a ducal crown, with a blue bag, a brass headband, yellow pipings
and a yellow pompon
Neckstock black
Coat dark blue in Prussian cut with 2 yellow buttons under the lapel
Collar rose
Shoulder Straps rose fastened with a small yellow button and with a yellow aiguillette on the right shoulder
Lapels rose set with 9 yellow buttons
Pockets no detail available yet
Cuffs rose Swedish cuffs with 3 yellow buttons
Turnbacks rose fastened with a yellow button
Waistcoat white
Breeches white
Gaiters white
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt white
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard black
Footgear black


Troopers were armed with a musket and a sabre.

Colours

Information about the colours of the Württemberger infantry regiments are very scarce. The following descriptions represent an "educated guess" based on these few sources

We don't know if Württemberger 'regular' Grenadier regiments had flags (converged Grenadiers regiments very probably didn't have flags). But, here, if this 'regular' regiment had flags, we suspect they could be like that :

Leibfahne would be like the one for the other regiments.

Ordinarfahne would have the same design than for the other regiments but with a grenade on each corner instead of the small crowned "mirrored C" monogram:

- on the obverse side, a red ribbon with the motto "Provide et constanter", the arms of the duke of Württemberg, surmounted by a gold and red ducal crown. The arms consisted of an oval shield surrounded by a "Ordenskette" necklace holding the "Militär Carls Orden" star.

The oval shield with the armories had 5 fields : Upper left canton: yellow and black checkerboard pattern (Teck arms), Upper right canton: yellow flags on a blue field (Reichssturm), Lower right canton: brown head with a red bonnet on a yellow field (Heidenheim arms), Lower left canton: two gold fish on a red field (Monbéliard arms), Central escutcheon: left side = 3 black stag antlers, right side = a black eagle, both sides on a yellow field

The necklace had 8 blue 'W' depicting precious stones, each linked with a golden eagle

- on the reverse side, in the center, a gold "mirrored CE" monogram with a gold and red ducal crown. One grenade on each corner.

Leibfahne: white field with gold fringes

Field Grenadier Bataillon von Heimburg Leibfahne - Source: Frédéric Aubert

Ordinarfahne: blue field with gold fringes with, on the reverse, one grenade on each corner

Field Grenadier Bataillon von Heimburg Ordinarfahne - Source: Frédéric Aubert

References

Stadlinger, L., J. von, Geschichte des Württembergischen Kriegswesens – von der frühesten bis zur neuesten Zeit, Stuttgart, 1856

Zahn, Michael, Die Herzoglich Württembergische Armee im Siebenjährigen Krieg, Manuskript, Stuttgart: January 2008