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von Schwartz30 Oct 2020 5:34 p.m. PST

In researching and building some Hessians to beat up my French I came across the Hessian #6 Grenadier-Regiment. The uniform is the usual Hessian uniform for the period, with heavy Prussian influences. The headgear was a bit unique though. Being a Grenadier regiment all ranks wore a mitre cap but they had two different back cloth colors. The Grenadier style was silver front plate and head band with red cloth back, but they also showed a "Wing" Grenadier, same silver front and head band but with a yellow cloth back.
Does anyone know what this "Wing" Grenadier designation was, how many were there, and how they were used?

rmaker30 Oct 2020 7:49 p.m. PST

Since (until the 1760 reorganization) each line regiment/battalion had ten 80 man companies and each company provided 8 grenadiers who formed a separate grenadier company on mobilization, I suspect these wing-grenadiers are, in effect grenadier-grenadiers. Since the grenadiers of the other line regiments were converged to form ad hoc grenadier battalions, the wing-grenadiers of IR.6 may well have served apart from from the regiment.

von Schwartz01 Nov 2020 3:11 p.m. PST

Thank you for your input

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