I have been liaising with Frederic from Kronoskaf and he has designed some new SYW Wurttemburg flags for the period. I think he has done a splendid job. Still educated guesses but with now I would say better educated ones based on some more research. My next army!
Nice flags! An army designed on Prussian standards. Eager to see you fielding them in your future battles! I don't know what size you intend to make them and if you will play them following their historical role.
Post by prussianhussaruk on Jan 14, 2019 21:14:31 GMT
Found this at the front of some army lists I worked on many years back.
Duke Carl Eugene had signed a subsidy treaty with France in September 1752 to supply 6,000 men in the event of war. When the Holy Roman Empire declared war on Prussia in January 1757 Wurttemberg was called on to provide two battalions of infantry and four squadrons of cavalry for the Reich army. This left less than 3,000 men with which to fulfil their subsidy obligations to France. When France demand that they take the field, all sorts of under handed methods were employed to increase numbers. In one case a church was surrounded and all the suitable members of the congregation were impressed into service. Recruiting was not helped when it became know that this protestant power was to fight for a catholic master.
The ‘Volunteers’ now numbering over 5,000 were mustered at Stuttgart. Here the ill-disciplined and badly equipped troops promptly deserted. An amnesty was called and the reassembled force marched off to serve with the Austrians instead.
In was in the service of the Austrians that they took part in the siege of Schweidnitz (5,599 men) and the battle of Breslau (4,237 men). However, disaster at the battle of Leuthen where the force of 5,174 men held the right flank against the full force of the Prussian flanking attack. Over 2,250 men were lost, but only 134 of these killed and a further 160 wounded.
The army returned home to reorganise in mid 1758, before transferring to the French army. While with the French army they took part in the battle of Lutterburg (7th October 1758). But later that same year they returned home once again to reorganise and incorporate some newly raised cavalry regiments.
In 1759 Duke Carl Eugene took command of the army in person and it was under his inept command that the army engaged an Allied army of 8,000 men under the command of the Erbprinz of Brunswick on 30th November 1759 at Fulda. This was the only action of the war were the Wurttemberg army fought on its own. They did not put up much of a fight, loosing over 1,500 men for an enemy loss of only 60 men.
The Wurttembergers remained in French service for the rest of the war, unable to repair its poor reputation.
I'm living in "Baden-Württemberg". Besides: there is a old rivalry traditionally. The Swabians call the people from Baden "Geelfiaßler" (yellow feet).
I had the chance to read a contemporary diary, describing the first mutiny (the mutiny of the troops of Württemberg on their way to Bohemia).
The troops refused to march forward when they were heard their destination. Many of them, back in their barracks, destroyed the ovens and run home.
The troops of the Swabian circle clearly had no inclination to march and fight the Prussians.
I think that there were many reasons.
1st: the Swabian circle normally fought the French or Turks (during the 17th century) defending the border of the Holy Roman Empire.
2nd: the Würtemberg diet (Landstände) hated the idea to send troops in foreign pay, the peasantry in Württemberg was very strong and had some political influence
3rd: the duke of Württemberg was mistrusted since the death of the last protestant duke Eberhard Ludwig - the new dukes were mostly loyal to the catholic house of Habsburg (loyalty to the Emperor was no Problem and the Landstände declared often that the troops for the Swabian circle were enough and correct)
The duke Carl Eugen had many Problems with his deserters for the whole war. I could read some demands of the duke for help to search the running deserters. As the leading figure of the Swabian circle the other states had to send their promises to assist.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
No problem Damnitz, I pushed the Kronoskaf guys to revisit the flags as I did not think they looked right. It started when I wrote to the Landmuseum as it seemed they should have some information and few people seemed to have them listed as a reference. They sent me this image and I liaised with Frederic about some further research and speculation. I think the results are a better guess.