Hohenzollern Dragoons

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Origin and History

At the death of Generalfeldmarschall-Leutnants Marquis de Maffei, his Infantry Regiment was awarded on January 7, 1730 to Generalwachtmeister Ossalco Graf Minucci, whose Dragoon Regiment Minucci passed on the same day to Generalwachtmeister Joseph Fürst von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. The regiment was composed of 10 companies of 60 men each.

By order of August 30, 1747, the 10th Company had been dissolved in other companies. Under the new structure, three companies each formed 1 squadron. Each company had 15 manned horses, so that at any time a marching Squadron could be put together in full numbers. In August 1759, the number of horses in the cavalry was increased from 135 to 150.

The successive regiment Inhaber were:

  • since January 7, 1730: Inspector General Joseph Prince of Hohenzollern to Sigmaringen and Behringen
  • from December 17, 1769: Major General Kaspar Count of Livizzani
  • from December 20, 1774: Lieutenant General of the Cavalry Franz Graf von Wahl
  • from November 21, 1791: Major General of the Cavalry Joseph Count von Fugger

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

  • since 1730: Colonel Karl de Balfleury
  • from 1763: Colonel Joseph Freiherr von Kilberg

Service during the War

In October 1757, one mounted squadron in full numbers was composed (135 men). The remaining men from each company remained untouched for the duration of the war and took over garrison and security services within the country's borders. The mounted squadron was detached in June 1758 for security purposes to Mitterteich in the northern Upper Palatinate, while the regiment remained in garrison in Munich. The mounted squadron returned to the regiment on 30 September in Munich. In October 1759, the entire regiment was relocated to Schärding and Neuötting.

Garnison during the war:

  • in 1756: one company near Wemding
  • in June, 1756: München
  • October 12, 1759: Stab and 6 companies in Schärding
  • October 16, 1759: 3 companies in Neuötting
  • in 1763: Schärding



Uniform in 1757 - Copyright Kronoskaf
Uniform in 1757
Headgear black tricorne with a white lace and with a black cockade fastened with a small white button
Neckstock black
Coat red with 2 white buttons under the lapel
Collar "none"
Shoulder strap left shoulder: red fastened with a white button
right shoulder: a white aiguillette
Lapels straw yellow with 8 white buttons grouped 2 by 2
Pockets horizontal pockets each with 3 white buttons
Cuffs straw yellow with 3 white buttons
Turnbacks straw yellow
Waistcoat straw yellow with one row of small white buttons
Breeches straw yellow
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt white
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box black leather
Scabbard brown leather
Bayonet scabbard brown leather
Footgear black boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth straw yellow bordered with a wide white braid
Housings straw yellow pointed housings; bordered with two white braids
Blanket roll straw yellow edged white

Troopers were armed with a sword, a pair of pistols, a musket and a bayonet.


Officers uniform would perhaps have a straw collar (Knötel). The lace on the tricorne was silver.


Kettle-drummers wore a field uniform which had inversed colors: straw yellow coat and red distinctives..


About the colours of the Bavarian dragoons regiments , we know one model in use during the first part of the 18th century, before 1740; we know 2 models of flags which were in use between 1742 and 1745 and we also know one other model in use in 1771. So, between 1745 and 1771, information are unfortunately very scarce. The following descriptions represent an "educated guess" based on these few sources.

Bavarian dragoons carried 1 guidon colours per squadron. The first squadron of each regiment carried the Leibguidon while other squadrons carried one Ordinarguidon .

For this regiment, we think one of the two known imperial patterns could have been still carried The fringes and laces would be in silver (color of the buttons, tricorne's lace and aiguillette). For the Ordinarguidon, the reverse field color would have been in straw (color of the distinctives) and the obverse field color would have been in red (color of the coat).

Please note that, as Ordinarguidon, the 1750's "Interims" pattern and, as Leibguidon, the 1735's "Early 18th century" pattern could have been carried.


Bavarian Army Museum, Ingolstadt

Bavaria (Germany) Heeresarchiv, Geschichte des bayerischen Heeres: Geschichte des kurbayerischen Heeres unter Kurfürst Karl Albrecht und Kurfürst Max III. Joseph 1726-1777, J. Lindauer, 1909

Bezzel, Oskar: Geschichte des Kurpfälzischen Heeres von seinen Anfängen bis zur Vereinigung von Kurpfalz und Kurbayern 1777, nebst Geschichte des Heerwesens in Pfalz-Zweibrücken (Geschichte des Bayerischen Heeres 4/1). Bayerisches Kriegsarchiv, München 1925.

Staudinger, Karl (SGBH): Geschichte des kurbayerischen Heeres unter Kurfürst Karl Albrecht – Kaiser Karl VII. – und Max III. Joseph 1726–1777 (Geschichte des bayerischen Heeres 3). Verlag J. Lindauer, München 1909.