Diepholz Militia

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Origin and History

Hanoverian Militia - Source: Gmundener Prachtwerk

Regional Militia.

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

  • 1761: von Estorff


Service during the War

Militia duties around Diepholz.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1759 - Source: Hannoverdidi
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne laced white with a sprig of oak leaves, three red and white pom poms and a black cockade
Grenadier none.
Neckstock black
Coat red with 2 buttonholes under the lapels
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels white with 7 pewter buttons
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 2 pewter buttons
Cuffs white (slashed in the British pattern) with 3 pewter buttons just above each cuff on the sleeves
Turnbacks white fastened with a pewter button
Waistcoat white with 2 horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Breeches straw
Gaiters black
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard black
Footgear black


Troopers were armed with a musket and carried a dark brown haversack with a metal canteen on the left hip.

Officers

Officers had gold lace lining the cuffs and lapels, a black cockade hat, a gold gorget with the arms of Hanover in the centre and carried a yellow sash slung over the right shoulder.

Sergeants wore straw gloves. Partizans were carried.

Musicians

Drummers wore a red coat with swallows nest and lace in yellow.

The drum pattern had hoops red and white alternating diagonal stripes, white drum cords over a brass drum with the Arms of Hanover in the centre.

Colours

Colonel flag was white with King George cipher "GR" in the centre surmounted by a crown and with the battalion number below the cipher.

Regimental flag was red with the white horse of Hanover in the centre surmounted by a scroll wearing the motto "NEC ASPERA TERRENT" and with the battalion number below the horse.

Colonel Colour - Source: Hannoverdidi
Regimental Colour - Source: Hannoverdidi

References

Gmundener Prachtwerk, circa 1760

Pengel & Hurt, German States in the Seven Years War 1740 to 1762, Imperial Press