By Stuart Reid
The recent forty third Regiment shaped in 1739 not just wore bonnets, yet had brief jackets instead of coats, and belted plaids rather than breeches. as well as their firelocks and bayonets they have been armed with Scots broadswords, pistols and dirks. within the early days some of them can even have carried round shields or ambitions. The British military used to be by no means to be a similar back. Stuart Reid explores the heritage, garments and kit of the 18th-century Highland regiments, in a textual content complemented through a mess of pictures and illustrations, together with complete color plates.
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An excavated white-metal cartridge box plate attributed to this regiment was uncovered on the Yorktown battlefield, here depicted on both fusilier and grenadier figures. This depicts a Hessian lion supporting an eight-pointed star bearing the crowned and quartered arms of Hesse. Colours were red with medium blue piles or “flames”. Note that the Fahnenjunker or colour bearer has a white cane in keeping with the painting of all fusilier pole arms and staffs. Of the same motif, the colours case wrapped about his body is also white.
Note that the Fahnenjunker or colour bearer has a white cane in keeping with the painting of all fusilier pole arms and staffs. Of the same motif, the colours case wrapped about his body is also white. Fusilier-Regiment von Knyphausen The fusilier cap had a frontal plate of lesser height than that worn by grenadiers, bearing the rampant Hessian lion. The cap’s facing cloth crown, in this instance buff, was unattached to the front plate, had metal reinforcing ribs, and was surmounted by a metallic cap and finial matching the height of the front plate.
Grenadiers wore the taller miter cap so closely associated with their branch. White metal embellishments were standard throughout this unit. Musicians had five lace chevrons on each sleeve, points downward. Another idiosyncrasy was a small vertically arrayed chevron appearing behind each cuff flap, a flourish unique to fusilier regiments. Fusilier companies had no fifers because a battalion always fielded en bloc, with musical accompaniment provided by its band. Grenadiers were ordinarily detached, so they were responsible for their own tunes, hence fifers always wore a grenadier’s miter.