Origin and History
The regiment was raised in 1674, during the Franco-Dutch War (1672–78), as per an Imperial decree dated 13 February of the same year by Heinrich Count von Reuss-Plauen. It was supposed to count 10 companies for a total of 2,040 men. By 10 October, it totalled only 1,375 men. On 1 August 1675, the regiment received his baptism by fire at the combat of Goldscheuer. On 18 October, it was ceded to Lieutenant-Colonel Ferdinand Baron von Stadl. By 8 September, the regiment counted 720 men including 110 men on the sick list. From June to September 1676, it took part in the siege and capture of Philippsburg. It then took its winter-quarters in Fulda.
In September 1679, the regiment marched from Philippsburg to Eger in Bohemia to assume garrison duties. On 17 October, the emperor ordered Stadl to return to Philippsburg with his regiment. In 1680, the regiment accompanied Stadl to Konstanz where it remained till 1689.
From July to September 1689, during the Nine Years' War (1688–97), the regiment took part in the siege of Mainz. In April 1691, 5 companies of the regiment were sent to Szathmar in Hungary. In July 9 other companies were sent to Northern Italy. Only 2 companies remained in Konstanz.
In 1692, it contributed 4 companies to the newly raised Zweibrücken Infantry.
On 1 July 1694, Carl Egom Reichsgraf (Imperial Count) von Fürstenberg-Möskirchen became proprietor of the regiment.
By the time of the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment counted four battalions.
During the War of the Spanish Succession, the proprietors of the regiment were:
- since 1 July 1694: Carl Egom Reichsgraf (Imperial Count) von Fürstenberg-Möskirchen (killed in action at the Battle of Friedlingen)
- from 10 January 1703: Carl Emanuel Fürst von Longueval and Count von Buquoy (died on 4 March 1703)
- from 1 May 1703 to 1737: Carl Alexander zu Würtemberg-Stuttgart
Colonel-commanders during the War of the Spanish Succession:
- in 1705: Colonel Baron Wilstorff
- from 20 December 1705: Lieutenant-Colonel Baron Neustein (died in November 1706 from wounds received at Turin)
- from 12 March 1711: Colonel Baron Rudolphin
Service during the War
In 1703, one battalion of the regiment was stationed in Konstaz; one in Freiburg im Breisgau. By 4 September, 16 companies of the regiment were in Freiburg im Breisgau and only 2 companies in Konstanz, totalling approx. 1,000 men.
From September to November 1704, the two battalions of the regiment took part in the second siege of Landau. It then recruited in Bavaria, bringing its effective to four battalions.
On 21 February 1705, the regiment set off from Bavaria for Northern Italy. In the night of 31 May to 1 June, after a march of three hours, at 1:00 a.m. the 4 battalions of the regiment launched an assault on the French entrenchments at Naviglio. On 16 August, the regiment fought at the Battle of Cassano where it was deployed in the second line. In this action, the regiment lost its colonel and lieutenant-colonel as well as 102 men dead and 130 wounded. During the winter-quarters, the regiment lost several men to sickness.
In February 1706, the regiment counted only 400 men. In September, it took part in the relief of Turin. On 7 September, it fought in the first line at the Battle of Turin, launching three assaults on the enemy entrenchments. His commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Baron Neustein was severely wounded (he would die of his wound in November). From 6 to 21 October, the regiment took part in the siege of Pizzighetone.
From May to August 1707, the regiment took part in the unsuccessful expedition against Toulon. By 21 September, the regiment was back to Susa in Italy. It then took its winter-quarters, part in Susa, part in Mirandola.
In March 1711, the regiment was transferred from Mirandola to Mantua. In June, it accompanied the Imperial corps who launched an offensive on Montméliant in France. On 13 September, the regiment distinguished itself in the defence of an outpost at Valon.
|Coat||pearl grey with a pearl grey lining and with pewter buttons on the right side and 1 pewter button on each side in the small of the back
|Waistcoat||red with pewter buttons|
|Stockings||grey-white fastened under the knee with a natural leather strap|
|Gaiters||made of canvas and used only when the soldier wore linen breeches; in this case, the stockings were replaced by linen sox; the use of gaiters generalized much later|
Armaments consisted of a musket and a bayonet. Grenadiers were also armed with hand grenades.
NCOs carried a spontoon (half-pike). They were also armed with a Stossdegen (a long two-edged estoc or rapier) carried in a black leather scabbard attached to the waist-belt.
NCOs of grenadier companies carried a flintlock musket instead of the spontoon.
NCOs also carried a cane whose characteristics indicated their precise rank. This cane had the length of a walking stick and was carried in and out of service. In action, to free hands, the cane was hanged to a button of the coat.
Grenadier sergeants and fouriers were distinguished from privates by three silver braids on the bag of their bearskin.
N.B.: in 1703 (as per Knötel) and 1716 (as per Donath), sergeants wore a reverse colours uniform (white neck stock, red coat with white lining and silver braids on the pockets and the red cuffs, red waistcoat, white breeches, pearl grey stockings).
Uniforms of officers were always of finer cloth than those of the privates.
Officers wore a black and yellow silk sash across the chest or around the waist.
Lieutenants of the grenadier companies were distinguished from privates and NCOs by four golden braids on the bag of their bearskin; captains by five golden braids on their bearskin.
Officers carried a partisan. The partisan was decorated with a tassel: gold for the colonel, gold with silver fringe for the lieutenant-colonel, gold and silken fringe for captains and silken fringe for lieutenants. In some regiments, the captains' tassel was entirely of silk; in this case the lieutenants' partisan had no tassel. The partisans of staff officers had gilt butt caps.
Officers were also armed with a Stossdegen (a long two-edged estoc or rapier) carried in a black leather scabbard attached to the waist-belt.
Officers carried a cane whose characteristics indicated their precise rank. This cane had the length of a walking stick and was carried in and out of service. In action, to free hands, the cane was hanged to a button of the coat.
Officers of grenadier companies carried a flintlock musket instead of the partisan. Captains, lieutenants and sergeants of these companies always had their bayonet affixed to their musket.
In the field, officers carried a pair of pistols.
In the Austrian Army of the time, musicians often wore uniforms in reverse colours with the distinctive colour of the regiment used for the coat. Indeed, in 1716, the musicians of this regiment wore such a uniform (white neck stock, red coat with white lining and red cuffs, black laced red swallow nest at the shoulders, red waistcoat, white breeches)
The drum belt was usually brown and worn on the right shoulder.
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