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The Trog20 Sep 2019 2:44 a.m. PST

On pages 4 and 41 of the Honours of War rule book there are photos of a Prussian Regiment. Can anyone identify it please? They also appear in the Front Rank 7YW gallery. I ask because I can't find any Prussian regiments wearing blue trousers/breeches.

clibinarium20 Sep 2019 3:36 a.m. PST

Garrison battalions most likely. Sometimes put into the field when the army needed troops.

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mollinary20 Sep 2019 4:55 a.m. PST

They are, indeed, as Clibinarium says, Garrison Regiments. At times, such as the Kunersdorf campaign, Frederick was forced to use some of them in the field. The key recognisable features were the plain blue uniforms and, in the case of most (but not all) regiments, the Royal monogram in the central wreath of the flag, rather than the eagle.

The Trog20 Sep 2019 6:20 a.m. PST

Thank you very much. Cheers for that.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2019 8:33 a.m. PST

They were nick-named "double blues" because of the blue coats and blue pants.

Jim

mollinary20 Sep 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

Are you sure Jim? I thought that was the nickname for the Freibattalions, the light troops, who had dark blue coats with light blue facings?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2019 1:46 p.m. PST

mollinary -- Yes, you are correct. That will teach me to engage "mouth" (actually fingers) before engaging brain. Oops!!

Jim

von Schwartz20 Sep 2019 6:30 p.m. PST

Not necessarily garrison, most freikorps also had blue coats and trousers. The freibattalions were called double blues not because they had blue coats and trousers but, like Mollinary said, they had blue coat with blue facings. The biggest difference would seem to be that the garrison regiments had dark blue coat and trousers and the freikorps had dark blue coat and light blue trousers.

Camcleod21 Sep 2019 9:10 a.m. PST

Based on the flag it's Garrison Regt. V but their cuffs should be black.

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