Officer 4th Regiment – Prussia 1756/63
At the outbreak of the so-called Seven years’ War’ (1756-1763), the 4th Regiment was garrisoning the boundaries of Eastern Prussia, as an invasion from Russia was feared.
The Regiment took part in the following battles:
* GROSS JAGERSDORF, 30th August 1757, the unit was included in a minor Prussian contingent involved in the battle, where it suffered serious casualties. The clash was won by the Zarist army.
* ZORNDORF ,25th August 1758 , a hard battle where both armies, after running out of gun- powder continued fighting with cold steel till late evening. The following morning the Russian army abandoned the battlefield.
* BURKESDORF , 21st July 1762 .Brilliant victory against the Austrian Imperial Army.
During the Seven Years’ War’ the Commanding Officers of the regiment were:
Von Kalnzin 1745-1757;
Von Rautter 1757-1758;
Von Kleist 1758-1761;
Von Thadden 1761-1774.
Three cornered felt hat: black edged in golden braid , black cockade with golden braiding secured by a golden button. Golden side tassels. Wig : White with black bow. Tail fastened by a black leather thong. Shirt : White, with white tie. Waistcoat and trousers : Straw yellow, golden buttons. Jacket: Prussian blue with golden scalloped edging. Red cuffs. Red lining exposed around pocket edges and laps. Gorget : Silver with golden edges. Golden coat of arms with black enamel Prussian eagle in the centre on white enamel background. Gaiters : black with black garters. Brass buckle and buttons. Shoes: Black Gloves : Buff leather. Sword: Epèe ( straight bladed dress-sword). Golden hilt. Brown leather sheath, brass ferrule. Sabre-knot, silver with black threads. Sash : silver silk, interweaved with black threads. Staff : Wooden with golden or silver pommel. Steel or golden ferrule.
H.Bleckwenn- die friderianinschen uniformen
Osprey- Frederick the Great army II- Infantry
Historical research: Marco Moisè
Sculpture: Maurizio Bruno
Painting; Daniele Petrucci