I have a question about the Austrian army. Do you have information about the uniform of the 1767-regulation for the regiment Sachsen-Hildburghausen? The Osprey-book about the Austrian army under Maria Theresia is not really my favorite source. I would prefer contemporary paintings or drawings.
Joseph II. introduced a very simplified uniform in 1767, replacing the hat for the infantry by a cap.
"The uniforms of the Austrian army went through a major change in 1769. Many of these changes were the result of economies as the last ten years of Maria Theresa’s reign were lean ones. The white coat now lost its lapels and became much plainer, fastening down the front with ten buttons. Facings were worn on the turned down collar and the smaller round cuffs which had two buttons on the top edge and two at the rear. The skirts were somewhat shorter and turned back showing the facing color. The most dramatic change was in the headdress which was most modern in appearance being a leather kaskett like that of the sappers with a brass plate on the front bearing the Royal Cypher."
Sometimes the change of the uniform is dated in 1767.
"The regulations of 1767 deprived the Hungarian regiments of much of their individuality."
OK, did Joseph change the uniforms in 1767 or 1769?
I know that this period is of no interest for wargamers. The uniforms changed again before the next major wars regarding the kaskett (it lost the lace for example).
The new uniforms were looking very plain and boring. But it doesn't help. I need information for an Event where I maybe will have one Austrian officer with the 1767 or 69 (?) uniform. If the new Regulation was introduced in 1769 then it's perfect and I could avoid the boring uniform.
I have to apologize for providing useless information, but initially I thought that it was Sachsen-Hildburghasen regiment only that underwent a major uniform change, then you explained why you need this information. I was not aware that the cap was changed so early as 1767 or 1769, before you to mention it, I imagined that this change happened very near the years of the French Revolution. From what I read after your last post, yes, the uniform change is sometimes mentioned from 1767. Perhaps it took two full years for the change to be fully applied to the whole army.
I found some more information about the whole affair.
There were no recruiting officers for the Austrian Regiment Sachsen-Hildburghausen but a recruiting officer from Sachsen-Hildburghausen. What had the Austrians to do with that? A lot. The emperor wrote a document to Hall. He ordered the town to stop all recruiting for the duke of Sachsen-Hildburghausen who would send the recruits in Spanish Service. Joseph II. argued that the recruiting was wrong and would entice Germans to leave their homecountry (which was not in the emperor's inclination).
I found a musketeer of Sachsen-Hildburghausen in the Becher'sche Handschrift from the SYW and I would assume that the uniform was'nt changed really since 1760 (The contingent of Schwäbisch Hall for example put new collars on the old uniforms only when these collars were decided at Ulm (or Karlsruhe?)).
I'm searching a photo of the early 1740s uniform of the Austrian regiment Forgách. Some pictures on the internet are confusing. Some show a short western looking "coat" others more something like a pelisse on the ordinary soldiers.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...