This book describes and illustrates the organization and uniforms of the Allied contingents during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763). At the outbreak of the war King George II's dual role as King of England and Elector of Hanover led to Britain creating and funding an alliance with Frederick's Prussia. This colorful multi-national arm of British, Brunswick, Hanoverian, and Hessian troops, with other smaller contingents, played an essential part by guarding Prussia's western front against French armies, and in the process the British contingent won some remarkable victories, such as the redcoats' legendary attack at Minden and Granby's cavalry triumph at Warburg. This disparate group of soldiers is brought to vivid life by the illustrations of Gerry and Sam Embleton and by the unrivalled detail of Stuart Reid's analysis.
About the Author
Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 and is married with two sons. He has worked as a librarian and a professional soldier and his main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries. This interest stems from having ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution.
His books for Osprey include the highly acclaimed titles about King George's Army 1740-93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292) and the British Redcoat 1740-1815 (Warriors 19 and 20).
Table of Contents
The background to the British-Hanoverian alliance with Prussia
His Britannic Majesty's Army In Germany 5
Composition and command
Organization & Uniforms: Cavalry 7
British: Royal Horse Guards - Dragoon Guards - Horse - Dragoons
Hanoverian: Guard - Line Cuirassiers - Line Dragoons
Hessian: Horse - Dragoons
British: Footguards and Line
Hanoverian: Footguards and Line
Hessian: Footguards and Line - Militia
Technical Troops 24
Brunswick artillery - British artillery - Buckeburg contingent - Hanoverian artillery - Hessian artillery
Light Troops 35
Brunswick: Hussars - Jägers - Light Infantry - Auxiliary Volunteers
British: Light Dragoons - Highlanders - Fraser's Chasseurs - Légion Britannique
Hanoverian: Hussars - J&agers - Scheither's Freikorps
Hessian: Hussars - Jägers - Frei-Regiment von Gerlach
Prussian: Hussars - Freikorps von Trumbach
Plate Commentaries 42