Schenck Infantry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in 1702 by Colonel Schenck zu Schweinsberg. It initially comprised ten companies organised in two battalions.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the successive Chefs of the regiment were:

  • from 1702: Colonel Wolf Karl Schenck zu Schweinsberg (killed in action at the Combat of Speyerbach on 15 November 1703)
  • from 1703: Colonel Wilhelm Friedrich von Wartensleben (killed during the siege of Castiglione in 1706)
  • from 1706: General Hermann Wilhelm von Spiegel zum Desenberg
  • from 1709 to 1719: Colonel J. H. von Rading

In 1789 the regiment was amalgamated with Garnisonregiment Nr. V.

Service during the War

By December 1702, one battalion of the regiment was part of the Allied army quartered in the Low Countries.

On 15 November 1703, 1 battalion of the regiment probably fought in the Combat of Speyerbach (another Hessian regiment had the same name in 1703).

In February 1704, one battalion of the regiment formed part of the army of the Prince of Hessen, which was posted on the Rhine.

In 1707, one battalion of the regiment took part in the unsuccessful siege of Toulon.

To do: add details for the campaigns from 1705 to 1713

Uniform

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Colours

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References

Böhm, Uwe Peter: Hessisches Militär: Die Truppen der Landgrafschaft Hessen-Kassel 1672-1806, Herausgegeben im Auftrag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Heereskunde e.V., Beckum 1986

Witzel, Rudolf: Hessen Kassels Regimenter in der Allierten Armee 1762, bearb. u. hrsg. von Ingo Kroll, Norderstedt 2007, pp. 109-111

Zeitschrift des Vereins für hessische Geschichte und Landeskunde, Volume 8, Kassel 1860, p.215

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

Acknowledgements

Jörg Meier for additional info on the commanders of the regiment