Schaumburg-Lippe-Bückeburg Infantry

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Origin and History

A fusilier regiment of eight companies was formed in 1751.

The regimental inhaber was:

  • since 1751: Count Wilhelm von Schaumburg Lippe

Service during the War

On June 18 1758, the regiment was part of Wangenheim's Corps who passed the Rhine at Duisburg. On June 23, the regiment took part in the Battle of Krefeld where it was deployed on the right wing under the command of the Hereditary Prince of Brunswick. Along with the Hessian Wutginau and Prinz Karl regiments, it drove off a French cavalry attack. On October 10, it took part in the Battle of Lutterberg where it was deployed in Zastrow's Brigade in the first line of the centre. During the night of October 10 to 11, the regiment drove back French hussars who were pursuing the retreating Allied army. In December, when the Allied army took its winter quarters in Westphalia, the regiment was quartered in the Bishopric of Paderborn.

In June 1759, the regiment was part of Imhoff's Corps operating in Hesse. On July 22, during the French offensive in West Germany, Wangenheim's Corps, now numbering some 10,000 men, took new positions near Minden with the Bückeburg Infantry encamped near the windwill before Petershagen. On August 1, the regiment took part in the battle of Minden where it was deployed in Wangenheim's Corps between Kutenhausen and the Weser, in the first line of the infantry centre, escorting the Schaumburg-Lippe-Bückeburg detachment of Artillery.

On July 16 1761, the regiment was present at the Battle of Vellinghausen, the regiment was attached to the infantry of the central corps.

By May 23 1762, the regiment was attached to the Allied Main Army where it escorted the artillery. On June 24, it took part in the Battle of Wilhelmsthal where it was attached to the 4th column, still escorting the artillery.

Uniform

Description of the uniform of 1762 based on Wilmans' document kept in the Staatsarchiv Bückeburg.

Privates

Uniform - Source: David from Not By Appointment
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne laced white with red/white pom poms
Grenadier fusilier type brass fronted with a 'W' monogram
Neckstock red
Coat blue with 6 pewter buttons on each side and 2 pewter butoons at the waist on the left side
Collar red
Lapels none
Cuffs red Swedish-style cuffs, each with 2 pewter buttons
Turnbacks red fastened with a pewter button
Waistcoat white
Breeches white
Gaiters black (long for the musketeers, very short for the grenadiers)
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt white
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard brown
Footgear black


Troopers were armed with a musket, a bayonet and a sabre.

NCOs

NCOs wore the same uniform as privates with the following distinctions:

  • silver braid edging the collar and the cuffs

Officers

Officiers wore a gorget.

Musicians

No known particulars

Colours

Colonel Flag: ???

Regimental Flag: ???

References

Knötel, R., Uniformkunde, Lose Blätter zur Geschichte der Entwicklung der militärischen Tracht, Rathenow, 1890-1921, Vol. XV, Plate 36, Schaumburg-Lippe-Bückeburg. Jäger, Grenadier, Musketier, Bombardier, Ingenieur. 1765.

Wilmans, M.: Anciennete von Seiner Hoch-Reichs-Gräflichen Erlauchten! des Regierenden Herrn Graffen zur Schaumburg-Lippe, und Sternberg, Ritter des Königl-Preushen Grossen-Ordens, von Schwarzen Adler! General en Chef Seiner Königl. Maj. von Portugal Combinirten Armée, Infanterie Regiment, Grenadier-Garde, Carabenier zu Pferd, und Jäger zu Füss, imgleichen Artillerie, wie auch Ingenieur, und Mineur-Corps; Benebst denen Fahnen-Divisen, und Uniform, Bückeburg den 12. Juny 1762, Staatsarchiv Bückeburg au F 1 A XXXV 18 Nr 73

N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.