Gula Hussars

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Origin and History

Trooper of Gula Hussars - Copyright: Franco Saudelli and Dr Marco Pagan

On October 21, 1761, Baron Wrangel was authorized to raise a second regiment of hussars, often designated as the “Gula Husarerna” (Yellow Hussars) counting six squadrons for a total of 800 troopers. However, it took a lot of time to raise this regiment.

Finally, during the spring of 1762, the Kronprinsens Husarregemente (aka Blå Husarerna) contributed five squadrons (about 320 men) for the constitution of the new regiment, which was organised along the Prussian model.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was under the command of:

  • from October 20, 1761: Colonel Baron (Friherre af Adinal) Georg Gustaf Wrangel
  • from 1763: Lars Åkerhielm
  • from 1764 to 1766: M. C. Lewenhaupt

In 1766, the present regiment and the Blå Hussars were merged back into a single regiment and renamed the Hussar Regiment under the command of Mörner.

Service during the War

To do: campaigns from 1761 to 1762

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1761-
Copyright Kronoskaf
Uniform Details
Headgear light brown busby with a white metal "death's head" badge and a yellow bag, white cords, and white plume
Pelisse yellow
Fur trim black
Lace white
Buttons white
Dolman black with white braids and white buttons
Collar yellow edged white
Cuffs yellow with white lace
Cloak black
Breeches straw with black overtrousers edged white
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt yellow
Waist-sash yellow
Scabbard black
Boots black edged white
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth black, wearing a crowned monogram (AF) and bordered with a yellow scalloped lace
Sabretache black, wearing a crowned monogram (AF) and bordered with a yellow scalloped


Troopers were armed with a short, curved sabre, two pistols and a carbine.

Officers

The officers had silver lace trim and buttons rather than white lace trim and white buttons.

Musicians

Trumpeters wore uniforms similar to those of the troopers with silver decorations replacing white braids and laces.

Brass trumpets with white and silver cords.

Colours

This unit did not carry any standard.

References

Brolin, Gunnar, 18th C. Swedish Military Flags - Part I: Standards and Guidons, 18th Century Military Notes & Queries No. 5

Funcken, L. and F., Les uniformes de la guerre en dentelle

Großer Generalstab, Die Kriege Friedrichs des Großen - Dritter Teil: Der Siebenjährige Krieg 1756–1763. Vol. 6 Leuthen, Kriegsgeschichtliche Abteilung II (Publisher), Berlin 1904, pp.92-107, Annex pp. 11-16

Gülzow, Erich: Präpositus Picht und General von Dycke, zwei Vorläufer E. M. Arndts im Kampf gegen die Erbuntertänigkeit, in: Rügisch-Pommerscher Geschichtsverein (Hrsg.): Pommersche Jahrbücher. Bd. 29, L. Bamberg, Greifswald 1935

Jönköping War Museum, Sweden

Kjellander, Rune: Sveriges regementschefer 1700-2000: chefsbiografier och förbandsöversikter 2003

O'Hara, Danny, Eighteenth Century Wargaming Resources On-Line

Säve, Teofron; Sveriges deltagande i Sjuåriga Kriget Åren 1757-1762, Beijers Bokförlagsaktiebolag, Stockholm, 1915, p. 512

Schirmer, Friedrich, Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756-1763, published by KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg, Neuauflage 1989

Wilson, Peter, The Swedish Army in 1756, Seven Years War Association Journal Vol. X No. 1

Acknowledgements

Jeffrey M. Johnson for additional information on this regiment