Erbach Horse

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in 1704 for Count Erbach. It was nicknamed the "Grüne Reiter" (green horsemen) most probably because of their green coats.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regimental Chefs were:

  • from 1704: Count ‎Philipp Karl Erbach
  • from 1705 to 1738: Colonel Carl Baron von Boyneburg

During the reforms of 1787, the regiment was amalgamated with the Leib Dragoner.

Service during the War

In 1704, the regiment counted 332 men. On 13 August, it fought in the Battle of Blenheim.

In July and August 1707, the regiment was at the Siege of Toulon.

In 1708, the regiment was organised in two squadrons. It was present at the siege of Lille.

On 22 June 1709, the regiment was part of the Allied army in the Low Countries. It was brigaded with the Hessian cavalry regiments of Auerochs and Spiegel. On 11 September, the regiment was present at the Battle of Malplaquet, where it was attached to Miklau's Brigade.


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Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen – Hessische Truppen in Amerika

Trenkle, K.: Nix wie weg… die Hesse komme, Verlanganstalt Marburg

Wikipedia German Edition – Philipp Karl (Erbach-Fürstenau)

Witzel, Rudolf: Hessen Kassels Regimenter in der Allierten Armee 1762, bearb. u. hrsg. von Ingo Kroll, Norderstedt 2007, pp. 179-181

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


Jörg Meier for additional research on this regiment