Origin and History
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
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.
|Coat||dark green with 3 pewter buttons under the lapels
|Waistcoat||dark green with 2 horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons|
Troopers were armed with a musket.
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.