Frei Hussars von Barowski
Origin and History
Almost nothing is known about this unit of Freihussaren. Even Bleckwenn found no trace of this unit. However, it was specifically identified in Wellner's work and we can assume that:
- it existed for a very short period
- it did not count many troopers and was never completed
- it was probably formed from deserters who deserted again
During the Seven Years' War, the unit was under the command of:
- von Barowski
Service during the War
no information found
So little is known on the uniform of this unit that we have been obliged to do some educated guesses. For instance, cuffs are based on common interpretation (cuffs in the dolman colour, with piping in the cord colour). Similarly, the barrel-sash is red and white since it usually was a combination of facing/dolman/pelisse colours and button colours.
|Dolman||green with 10 white braids and 3 rows of white buttons
Troopers were armed with a short curved sabre, two pistols and a carbine.
Officers of the regiment wore uniforms similar to those of the troopers with the following differences:
- elaborate silver braids and laces on the pelisse and dolman
- silver and black barrel sash
NCOs of the regiment wore uniforms similar to those of the troopers with more elaborate laces on the dolamn: around the pockets and cuffs and in the small of the back.
no information available yet
None of the Freikorps units carried official colours, standards or guidons to the exception of von Kleist Frei Korps.
Bleckwenn, Hans (Hrsg.): Das Altpreussische Heer - Erscheinungsbild und Wesen 1713-1807
Wellner, Carl: Uniform von Sr. Koenigl. Majestät in Preussen gesammten Armees, so Infanterie, als Curassiers, Dragoner, Husaren, Garnison-Regimenter, Frey Bataillons, Jäger zu Pferde, und zu Fusz; Cadets, und Invaliden: den 25te Augt 1759. (The Royal Collection)
Michael Zahn for the information provided for the creation of the initial version of this article.