Freytag Jägers

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Origin and History

Freytag Freikorps in 1760 - Source: Richard Knötel Uniformkunde

The Jägers were raised in 1757.

The Jägerkorps inhabers were:

  • since 1757: Count von der Schulenberg
  • from 1759: von Freytag

By 1763, the Freicorps consisted of 3 mounted companies and 4 companies of foot. It was disbanded at the end of the war.

Service during the War

Freytag Jägers 1760 - Source: Gmundener Prachtwerk

On July 26 1757, the regiment took part in the battle of Hastenbeck where its foot jägers were detached on the Obensburg while the mounted jägers were scouting in front of the right wing.

On May 26 1758, a detachment of 160 men of this unit was part of Wangenheim's Corps encamped at Dorsten. On May 31, this corps accompanied Ferdinand of Brunswick in his offensive on the west bank of the Rhine. On June 23, the unit took part in the battle of Krefeld where it was deployed on the left wing under the command of Lieutenant-general von Spörcken.

On April 13 1759, part of the the unit was at the battle of Bergen where it was attached to the vanguard. After a fight, Freytag's light troops occupied Marköbel to the north-east of Bergen, pushing back the French picquets. In June, 5 coys of the regiment were part of the Allied Main Army under the command of the duke Ferdinand of Brunswick and 5 other coys were with Imhoff in Hesse. On August 4, the regiment was part of the detachment, under the command of Urff, sent towards Paderborn through Lemgo, Detmold and Lippspringe. On August 5, Urff's detachment intercepted the French heavy baggage at Detmold, capturing the escort (about 800 men), the Saxon military chest, Contades' confidential correspondence and the baggage of most senior officers.
Throughout the war, the regiment was heavily involved in the Kleinkrieg.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1759 - Source: Hannoverdidi
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne without lace with a sprig of oak leaves and a black cockade fastened by a green rosette
Grenadier not applicable
Neckstock black
Coat dark green with 3 pewter buttons under the lapels
Collar none
Shoulder Straps white with a pewter button (left shoulder)
Lapels dark green with 9 pewter buttons
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Cuffs dark green 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 white
Gaiters grey
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt white shoulder belt
Waistbelt white
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard black
Footgear black shoes (black boots for mounted jägers)


Troopers were armed with a musket.

Officers

n/a

Musicians

n/a

Colours

n/a

References

Gmundener Prachtwerk, circa 1760

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.