Brunswicker Army

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Garde

Garde zu Pferd aka Hagen

  • Herzog Rudolf August Garde zu Pferd, Colonel Creutzberg (1 coy)
  • Herzog Anton Ulrich Garde zu Pferd, Lieutenant-Colonel von Hagen (1 coy)

reduced to a single coy in 1705

Garde zu Fuss

  • Herzog Rudolf August Garde zu Fuss, Colonel Hacke (1 coy)
  • Herzog Anton Ulrich Garde zu Fuss, Captain von Benningsen (1 coy)

reduced to a single coy in 1704

Line Infantry

In 1701, the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel had 6 line infantry regiments. Each of these regiments consisted of 2 battalions of 5 companies each. A company counted 87 men, including officers. There were plans to increase each company by 37 men for a total of 124 men per company. It was also planned to raise a grenadier company for each regiment. This grenadier company would then be distributed among the 2 battalions of each regiment. Finally, it was planned to raise a seventh regiment with 700 deserters. Each regiment had a staff of 21 men.

In 1703, these regiments were:

  • Leibregiment Herzog Rudolf August, Colonel Draschwitz (8 coys), 1704 Leibregiment Herzog Anton Ulrich , Colonel von Hacke (9 then 10 coys)
  • Leibregiment Herzog Anton Ulrich (8 coys), 1704 Bevern in Dutch pay from 1709 to 1713
  • Erbprinz August Wilhelm (8 coys) in Dutch pay from 1709 to 1713
  • Bernstorff (8 coys)
  • Landregiment (8 coys)

Cavalry

In 1701, the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel had 3 cavalry regiments of 6 companies each. A company counted 47 men, including officers. There were plans to increase each company by 3 men, for a total of 50 men per company. Each regiment had a staff of 13 men.

By 1703, there is no mention of any cavalry regiment.

Dragoons

In 1701, the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel had 3 dragoon regiments of 6 companies each. A company counted 48 men, including officers. There were plans to increase each company by 12 men, for a total of 60 men per company. Each regiment had a staff of 17 men.

In 1703, there was only 1 dragoon regiment:

  • Prinz Ludwig Rudolf Dragoons, Colonel von Volckening (4 then 3 coys)

Artillery

In 1701, the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel had 1 artillery company of 200 men. There were plans to increase this company to 290 men.

By 1703 this company was under the command of Colonel Völcker.

Reference

Elster, O.: Geschichte der stehenden Truppen im Herzogthum Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel von 1600-1714, Leipzig 1899, pp. 269-274

Pelet and Vault: Mémoires militaires relatifs à la Succession d'Espagne sous Louis XIV, Vol. 1 p. 668

Acknowledgements

Jörg Meier and Wienand Drenth for the revised version of this article