Prussian Frei-Battalions and Regiments of the Seven Years’ War, 1756–1763
The volunteer light infantry Frei-Bataillon Le Noble (F1) was recruited at the imperial city of Frankfurt on Main and raised in June of 1756 at Naumburg on Queis in Silesia. The battalion consisted of four companies and one Jäger detachment. Later in the war a specially equipped raiding party was added under the command of drum-major Dreyer. The battalion was captured at Landeshut 23 June 1760. In January of 1761 a new II. battalion was raised at Wittenberg. These 40 mm miniatures have been cast from Prince August moulds. The figures are painted with artist oils, and they are based on an upscaled 50 × 50 mm infantry skirmish stand compatible with the Volley & Bayonet game system. The unit represents a light infantry battalion in skirmish order.
The following table list the Prussian volunteer light infantry battalions and regiments of the Seven Years’ War from 1756 to 1763.
|F1||F. de Le Noble||1756–1763||yes||–||Leuthen, Hochkirch, Landeshut, Freiberg|
|F2||Johann von Mayr||1756–1759||yes||yes||Roßbach, Leuthen|
|F2||J. F. de Collignon||1759–1760||yes||yes||–|
|F2||G. A. de Courbière||1760–1763||yes||yes||Freiberg|
|F3||H. D. von Kalben||1756–1758||–||yes||Breslau, Leuthen, Hochkirch|
|F3||C. N. de Salenmon||1758–1763||–||yes||Pretzsch, Maxen, Strehla, Torgau (1758), Burkersdorf|
|F4||L. de Angelelli||1756–1760||–||–||Breslau, Leuthen, Hochkirch|
|F4||J. F. de Collignon||1760–1763||–||–||Landeshut|
|F5||F. O. de Monjou||1758–1759||–||–||–|
|F6||D. S. von Rapin||1758–1759||–||–||–|
|F6||W. A. von Lüderitz||1759–1763||–||–||Landeshut, Freiberg|
|F7||Johann Jakob von Wunsch||1758–1763||yes||–||Zinna, Korbitz, Burkersdorf|
|F8||J. A. Kenzinger du Verger||1758–1759||–||–||Hochkirch|
|F8||Charles Théophile Guichard aka. von Quintus Icilius||1759–1763||yes||–||Strehla|
|F9||J. L. Graf von Hordt||1758–1763||?||–||–|
|F1 and F6 were nominally increased to Frei-Regiments when they received a II. Bataillon each in January of 1761. The I. Bataillon of each unit, captured at Landeshut, was not raised again.
F2 was increased to Frei-Regiment in January of 1761.
F3 was nominally increased to a Frei-Regiment in January of 1760. The I. Bataillon, captured at Maxen, was not raised again.
F4 was increased to a Frei-Regiment in Januar of 1761. The I. Bataillon, captured at Landeshut, was raised again.
F8 was increased to a Frei-Regiment with three battalions in January of 1761.
F9 was raised as a Frei-Regiment with two battalions in 1758.
- Knötel-Sieg: Handbuch der Uniformkunde, pp. 6–11