Hanoverian Dragoons Organisation

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Description

Regimental organisation

Hanoverian dragoon regiments all had the same organization. Each regiment counted 712 men consisted of:

  • staff
    • 1 adjutant
    • 1 regimental quartermaster
    • 1 chaplain
    • 1 regimental surgeon
    • 4 assistant-surgeons
    • 1 kettle-drummer
    • 5 oboists
    • 1 provost
    • 1 servant
  • 4 squadrons each consisting of:
    • 2 companies, each consisting of
      • 3 officers
      • 7 NCOs
      • 2 drummers
      • 75 troopers

Each company contributed 6 men to form the grenadier company which then consisted of:

  • 1 lieutenant
  • 2 NCOs
  • 2 drummers
  • 48 horse grenadiers

Drill

At the beginning of the Seven Years' War, dragoon regiments usually formed in 3 ranks with their largest and darkest horses in the front rank. On parade each rank was 8 paces distant from the other; and each file 4 paces. A space of 25 paces was also maintained between squadrons. The grenadier company deployed on the right flank at 16 paces from the closest squadron.

Column of march was 4 horses wide.

In 1758, Ferdinand of Brunswick ordered the Hanoverian dragoons to now form in 2 ranks.

References

Grosser Generalstab Kriegsgeschichtliche Abteilung II: Die Kriege Friedrichs des Grossen, Part 3 Der siebenjährige Krieg 1756-1763, Vol. 5 Hastenbeck und Roßbach, Berlin, 1903, appendix 1

Knötel, Richard: Die Uniformen des Hannoverschen Heeres 1763 und 1770. Part I : Das Heer von 1763, in: Mitteilungen zur Geschichte der militärischen Tracht, vol. XVI, no. 1-4 (1909), page 3-15

Knötel, Richard: Die Uniformen des Hannoverschen Heeres 1763 und 1770. Part II: Das Heer von 1770, in: Mitteilungen zur Geschichte der militärischen Tracht, vol. XVI, no. 4-5 (1909), page 15-20

Knötel, Richard: Die Uniformen des Hannoverschen Heeres 1763 und 1770. Kurze Stammliste. 1617 bis 1803, in: Mitteilungen zur Geschichte der militärischen Tracht, vol. XVI, no. 6-11 (1909), page 22-42

Lawson, Cecil C. P., A History of the Uniforms of the British Army - from the Beginnings to 1760, vol. II

Niemeyer, Joachim and Georg Ortenburg: The Hanoverian Army during the Seven Years War; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Heereskunde

Pengel, R.D, Hurt G.R.: Seven Years War. Brunswick-Luneburg (Hanover). Hessen Cassel. Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. Schaumburg Lippe. Supplement, Birmingham 1984

Schirmer, Friedrich: Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756-1763, hrsg. von der KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg, überarb. u. aktual. Neuauflage 1989