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FIWMax03 Nov 2021 6:35 a.m. PST

Can anyone help me figure out what sort of muskets the Hanoverian infantry used. I would have guessed the Brown Bess supplied by Britain or maybe Potsdam muskets but in contemporary images I seem to see the barrel bands of their firearms. For referrence the linked image by Karsten. link



Camcleod04 Nov 2021 6:11 p.m. PST

According to Summerfield's 'Hanoverian Army of 7YW' early muskets came from various sources including from the Duchy of Gotha. In 1732 they followed Prussian example and set up factories in Linden and Herzberger. The 1742 model had brass fittings, steel ramrod and calibre of 16 balls per lb.

FIWMax05 Nov 2021 9:47 p.m. PST

Thanks for the response! I'll have to see about buying a copy.

Camcleod06 Nov 2021 6:11 p.m. PST

You should know that there is only that short paragraph on Hanoverian muskets. The reference given is to a book by Rainer Zenke (1997) "Ultima Ratio Regum, Feuerwaffen und ihre Produktion im Kurfurstenum Hannover und im Alten Reich in 18. Jahrhundert" by Biblio Verlag pages 14-17.
Not sure what else is in that book but given the page references it probably covers it in a bit more detail.

FIWMax09 Nov 2021 8:45 a.m. PST

Thanks for the info! I was really hitting a dead end with this one. I'm going to have to see what sources I can access here in the States.
I found a copy of Savory's "His Brittanic Majesty's Army in Germany in our state library a couple years back and based on the tag the only other time it was taken out was in 2002!

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