Stockhausen Freikorps

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Origin and History

This mounted Freikorps was raised in 1759. It initially consisted of two foot companies. In 1760, two mounted companies forming a squadron (total of 230 men) were added.

The Freikorps inhaber was:

  • since 1759 till 1763: von Stockhausen

In 1762, the unit was incorporated in the Freytag Jägers.

Service during the War

In June 1759, the unit was part of Imhoff's Corps operating in Hesse.

On July 10 1760, the unit was part of Lieutenant-General von Gilsa's Reserve at the Combat of Corbach. This reserve did not take part in the engagement.

To do: details of the campaigns of 1761 and 1762

Uniform

Mounted Jägers

Uniform in 1759 - Source: Hannoverdidi
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne laced white with a sprig of oak leaves and a black cockade
Grenadier not applicable
Neck stock black
Coat dark green with 11 pewter buttons and 11 white buttonholes
Collar none
Shoulder Straps dark green with a pewter button (left shoulder)
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Cuffs dark green, each with 2 pewter buttons and 2 white buttonholes
Turnbacks dark green fastened with a pewter button
Waistcoat dark green with 2 horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Breeches straw yellow
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt n/a
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box n/a
Bayonet Scabbard n/a
Scabbard n/a
Footgear black boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth dark green laced silver with a red badge wearing the silver "GR" royal cipher
Sabretache n/a
Blanket roll n/a


Foot Jägers

Uniform in 1759 - Source: Hannoverdidi
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne laced white with a sprig of oak leaves and a black cockade
Grenadier not applicable
Neck stock black
Coat dark green with 3 pewter buttons under the lapels
Collar none
Shoulder Straps dark green with a pewter button (left shoulder)
Lapels dark green, each with 9 pewter buttons
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Cuffs dark green, each with 3 pewter buttons
Turnbacks dark green fastened with a pewter button
Waistcoat dark green with 2 horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Breeches dark green
Gaiters black
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt none
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard n/a
Scabbard n/a
Footgear black shoes


Troopers were armed with a musket and a sword.

Grenadiers

Uniform in 1759 - Source: Hannoverdidi
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer not applicable
Grenadier mitre cap (in the Prussian fusilier style) with a silver front plate engraved with the arms of Great Britain
Neck stock black
Coat dark green with 3 pewter buttons under the lapels
Collar none
Shoulder Straps dark green with a pewter button (left shoulder)
Lapels dark green, each with 9 pewter buttons
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Cuffs dark green, each with 3 pewter buttons
Turnbacks dark green fastened with a pewter button
Waistcoat dark green with 2 horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Breeches dark green
Gaiters black
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box white
Bayonet Scabbard n/a
Scabbard n/a
Footgear black shoes


Officers

Carried no gorget or sash. Silver lace on the tricourne border, vest border, and pocket edges.

Musicians

n/a

Colours

n/a

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

Pengel & Hurt: German States in the Seven Years War 1740 to 1762, Imperial Press

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