Voigt Cavalry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in 1675 by Colonel Gordon. It initially consisted of two squadrons.

During the Franco-Dutch War (1672-78), the regiment was among the troops assembled on the frontier.

In 1679, the regiment participated in the relief of Hamburg, threatened by the Danes.

In 1681, the regiment received two additional companies.

In 1685, the regiment formed part of the relief corps under the command of the Hereditary Prince Georg Ludwig von Hannover to fight the Turks in Hungary; and took part in the Battle of Gran and in the storming of the Fortress of Neuhäusl. In 1686, the regiment participated in the siege and capture of Ofen; in 1687, in the Battle of Mohács

In 1688, at the outbreak of the Nine Years’ War (1688-97), the regiment was recalled to the Rhine. In 1689, it was transferred to Holstein, before returning to the Rhine where it was at the capture of Mainz and Bonn. In 1690, it was transferred to the Spanish Netherlands. In 1693, the regiment campaigned on the Rhine.

In 1700, the regiment was sent to the Duchy of Holstein to contain the Danes.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the successive regimental Inhabers were:

  • from 1687 to 1715: Colonel Voigt, died as lieutenant-general

Service during the War

On 20 March 1702, the regiment took part in the invasion of the Principality of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel.

From May 1704, the regiment took part in Marlborough's march to the Danube. On 13 August, it fought in the Battle of Blenheim. It then returned to the Netherlands.

On 23 May 1706, the regiment took part in the Battle of Ramillies.

On 11 July 1708, the regiment took part in the Battle of Oudenarde.

On 11 September 1709, the regiment took part in the Battle of Malplaquet.


The uniform of the regiment consisted of a white coat with light blue distinctive (collar, cuffs, lining), a light blue waistcoat and gold metal.


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