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randy51 Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2020 3:48 p.m. PST

I've always assumed that the Russians fielded grenadiers in separate battalions/regiments but today I was skimming through the Osprey booklet on the SYW Russian army and read this: "In 1731, prior to the Turkish campaigns, the five grenadier regiments were disbanded, the more deserving soldiers of the line companies converted to grenadiers and two grenadier companies attached to each of the line regiments".

So,………….were these grenadier companies detached to form grenadier units like the other nations practiced?

kustenjaeger08 Apr 2020 4:21 p.m. PST

I believe (see kronoskaf) that the grenadier regiments we're reformed in 1756.

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Edward

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2020 5:52 p.m. PST

Yes, four regiments were raised in 1756. link The link to Kronoskaf gives the line regiments from which the companies were taken to form them. There was also a grenadier regiment in the short-lived Observation Corps.

Jim

Prof Pate28 May 2020 3:33 a.m. PST

Also from Kronoskaf and Wiki about 7YW battles that Muskeeter Regts had (at least) one Grenadier Coy per Regt/Bn and these were detached to form CMB Gn Bn.

For example the advance guard in the raid on Berlin. Consisted mainly of Cossacks, Hussars some artillery and a bunch of CMB Gn Bn.

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