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By 1756, the Electorate of Bavaria had not fully recovered the exhaustion of its resources during the War of Austrian Succession 1740-1748. The young Elector Maximilian Joseph III was therefore forced to decide on severe cutbacks. In 1753 the entire army was reorganised. In its new organisation, Bavaria's army entered the Seven Years War. It was formed in 8 infantry regiments totaling 17 battalions, 4 regiments of cavalry with a total of 36 companies – mostly non-mounted, and 1 artillery brigade. All regiments were below strength. Effective strength before the 1757 recruitments was 5,100 infantry and 1,190 cavalry with 270 horses. In addition, Bavaria would now raise its regular Kreiskontingent (Imperial District contingent). It agreed to raise a 10,000 men Auxiliary Corps consisting of 10 battalions, on basis of a subsidy contract with France settled on March 29, 1757. By October 1757 it mustered some 6,000 men and remained much below strength throughout the war.

Bavaria’s Auxiliary Corps served with the Austrian armies with all campaigns. The Reichskontingent serving with the Reichsarmee would here often be referred to as Regiment Kurbayern.


Line Infantry

Generalities about colours

  • Leib-Regiment (II. and III. battallion with the Auxiliary Corps)
  • Kurprinz (its II. battalion with the Aux. Corps)
  • Herzog Clemenz (Aux. Corps)
  • Minucci, 1759 la Rosée (Aux. Corps)
  • Morawitzky (Aux. Corps)
  • Preysing (its I. battalion with the Aux. Corps)
  • Holnstein (its I. battalion with the Reichskontingent)
  • Pechmann, 1759 Meinders, 1761 Herold (with the Reichskontingent except its grenadiers)

The Leib-Regiment had 3 battalions, all others 2, each with 1 company of grenadiers and 4 companies fusiliers. The grenadier company had a book strength of some 100 men, the fusilier company had 140 men. Each battalion had 2 light 4-pdrs battalion guns.


Generalities about the standards of the cuirassiers
Generalities about the guidons of the dragoons

The regiments on an establishment of 9 companies with 38 men each, and in wartime organised in 3 squadrons. 35 men from each cuirassier company, and 17 from each dragoon company received mounts only in 1760. All Bavarian cavalry remained on peacetime establishment and did not take the field.



  • Ingenieurkorps (12 officiers)

Garrison Troops

  • Rothenburg (1 garrison company in 1756, in 1758 augmented to 1 battalion)

Light Troops

Husarenkorps Piosasque
Freikompagnie Pindter


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