Austrian Dragoon Regiment Archduke Joseph of the Seven Years’ War, 1756–1763

Austrian Dragoon Regiment Archduke Joseph of the Seven Years’ War, 1756–1763.

Dragoner-Regiment Erzherzog Joseph was raised by decree of 1688. During the Seven Years’ War the regiment fought at the Battles of Lobositz, Prag, Breslau, Leuthen, Landeshut, and Liegnitz. In 1760, the regiment was converted to a Chevauleger-Regiment.


  • Erzherzog Joseph, 1748–1764

Commanding Officer

  • Oberst Franz Wiese, 1754–1758
  • Oberst Johann Graf Fuchs, 1758–1760
  • Oberst Carl Graf Richecourt, 1760–1771


  • light green1 coat with yellow buttons
  • red lapels with seven buttons and buttonholes left and right,
    and three buttons below each lapel
  • red cuffs with three buttons
  • red turnbacks
  • red shoulder strap left
  • red aiguillette right
  • black stock
  • light green vest with 2 × 6 yellow buttons
  • pale straw-coloured breeches
  • black gaiters with yellow buttons for dismounted service
  • white boot cuffs and tall black riding boots for mounted service
  • black tricorne with yellow border, and black cockade with yellow button
  • red saddlecloth with yellow border, and black and white rhombical design
  • black pistol holsters, with red holster covers and border design as above
  • round red mantlesack with border design as above
  • black leather bridle

Campaign History

  • Battle of Lobositz, 1756
  • Battle of Prag, 1757
  • Battle at Breslau, 1757
  • Battle of Leuthen, 1757
  • Engagement at Wisternitz, 1758
  • Engagement at Königgrätz, 1758
  • Engagement at Spremberg, 1758
  • Campaign in Silesia, 1759
  • Engagement at Breslau (one squadron), 1760
  • Battle of Landeshut, 1760
  • Battle of Liegnitz, 1760
  • Attached to the Russian army in Silesia, 1761
  • Engagement at Peilau, 1762

Dragoner-Regiment Erzherzog Joseph was distinguished from Dragoner-Regiment de Ligne and Chevauleger-Regiment Löwenstein by its brighter green coat and vest colour.

Austrian Dragoons of the Seven Years’ War

1. Knötel-Sieg: Handbuch der Uniformkunde, p. 275