Feb. 23, the Hereditary Prince of Brunswick was detached at seven o’clock this morning, with two battalions of Hanoverians, two battalions of the Brunswick guards, one squadron of dragoons, and a body of light horse, to Hoya, a place of great importance, with orders to dislodge General Count de Chabot, who had been posted there with a considerable body of French, consisting of the two battalions of the Gardes Lorraines, two companies of grenadiers, some piquets of the regiment of Bretagne, and a detachment from the regiment of Mestre de camp dragoons, being some of the best troops in France.
– The Operations of the Allied Army Under the Command of His Serene Highness Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg
I’ve finished painting a second battalion of infantry for my Seven Years War project. This time it is a French unit, the second battalion of the Gardes Lorraines. So, how do I know it is the 2nd battalion and not the first? Well, I’ve decided that the first battalions of a regiment will have two flags – the colonel’s color and the regiment’s color. All other battalions of a regiment will have only one flag – the regiment’s color.
And for you button hole counters out there, I am aware that the grenadier company actually wore a tricorne, but Pendraken doesn’t make a French grenadier in a tricorne. Most grenadier companies began adopting the bearskin in 1759, so I’ve opted to use Pendraken’s grenadiers in bearskin. I really don’t have the skills (or patience) to do head swaps on 10mm figures.