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Jon Sutherland09 Dec 2018 7:29 a.m. PST

Wondered if anyone knows the colours of the uniforms and the actual guns of these two armies?
There's plenty on the infantry and the cavalry, but nothing much about the artillery colours.
Just finishing off both of the armies to use for the WSS and GNW, have completed the cavalry, infantry and generals but stuck on the artillery, help please!

Jon Sutherland09 Dec 2018 7:33 a.m. PST

Sorry about the duplicated threads, not me honest!

Extrabio194709 Dec 2018 3:59 p.m. PST

Per Kuhn/Condray, the artillery wore light gray coats with light gray cuffs. The waistcoats and breeches were buff leather. Tin buttons. Gray stockings. Red neckcloths. It appears the tricorns were unlaced.

I can't find anything on the artillery pieces, but since H/C's arillery contingent was rather small, and H/C was aligned with Sweden, it's not a far leap to assume the few artillery pieces were provided by Sweden and painted in Swedish colors.

I hope this helps.

Extrabio194709 Dec 2018 7:46 p.m. PST

The above information is on Holstein-Gottorp. Sorry I wasn't clear. The H/C should have read H/G. A victim of autocorrect…

Jon Sutherland10 Dec 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

Thank you, that all makes sense. I'll go with that. I'll keep looking for the Hanover information.

Extrabio194710 Dec 2018 11:02 a.m. PST

Charles Grant states that in 1700, the Hanoverian artillery wore red coats with blue cuffs and yellow lace. Buff breeches. Blue stockings.

Rod MacArthur11 Dec 2018 2:53 a.m. PST


Hannover Artillery Uniform information for SYW is on Kronoskaf:


Other pages cover Artillery equipments, including gun colours.

I also recommend the excellent Hanoverian Army of the Seven Year's War by Stephen Summerfield (it is out of print but can be obtained online). This shows the uniforms as grey as opposed to the light blue shown by Kronoskaf. The earliest illustration is 1729, but I get the impression that this was unchanged from earlier. It also confirms the artillery and wagon colour as red lead with black metal fittings.

The Artillery Train drivers wore red with blue facings, so perhaps that is what Charles Grant is referring to.


Jon Sutherland11 Dec 2018 3:18 a.m. PST

Thank you, above and beyond the call of duty.

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