Austrian Dragoon Regiment Savoy of the Seven Years' War, 1756–1763

Austrian Dragoon Regiment Savoy of the Seven Years' War, 1756–1763

By decree dated 7 February 1682 Oberst Graf Kueffstein raised a dragoon regiment in Silesia. In 1683, Eugen Franz Prinz von Savoyen became the new Inhaber, and the regiment continued to be known as Dragoner-Regiment Savoyen even after it was given to General- Feldwachtmeister Ferdinand Carl Graf Aspremont-Linden in 1737. During the Seven Years' War the regiment fought at the Battles of Kolin and Torgau.

Proprietor

  • Oberst, later GL Eugen Franz Prinz von Savoyen, Graf von Soissons, 1683–1736
  • GFWM, later FM Ferdinand Carl Graf Aspremont-Linden, 1737–1773

Commanding Officer

  • Oberst Joachim Pantaleon Graf Gourey, 1756–1758
  • Oberst Johann Friedrich Alexander Freiherr von Berlichingen, 1758–1771

Uniform

  • red coat with yellow buttons
  • black lapels with seven buttons and buttonholes left and right
  • black cuffs with three buttons
  • black turnbacks
  • red shoulder strap left
  • black aiguillette right
  • black stock
  • red vest with 2 × 8 yellow buttons
  • red or straw 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 Kolin, 1757
  • Raid on Berlin (detachment), 1757
  • Engagement at Eulenburg, 1758
  • Engagement at Herzfeld (detachment), 1759
  • Capture of Tanne, 1759
  • Engagement at Meißen, 1759
  • Engagement at Maxen, 1759
  • Battle of Torgau, 1760
  • Campaign in Silesia, 1761
  • Attached to the Reichsarmee, 1762
  • Defence of Schweidnitz (detachment), 1762

Light straw-coloured leather breeches were worn on campaign. Dragoner-Regiment Savoyen was distinguished from Dragoner-Regiment Württemberg by its red vest.

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