IR No. 13A - Fersen

1745 Hohorst, 1746 Halberstadt, 1748 Diepenbroick, 1758 Fersen, 1760 Ahefeldt

Unit History
The regiment was formed in 1745 from the 3rd battalion of Bourden. The 3rd battalion had originally been raised for Bourden in 1744. Bourden, himself, deserted to the French in 1745 and his regiment was split into three regiments: Graf Keilmannsegge (later 12A), Brunck (later 12B) and Hohorst (later 13A). During the Seven Years War the unit, Hohorst, fought at Krefeld, Bergen and was present but not active at Villinghausen. The regiment combined with Wrede (13B) in 1763.
At Krefeld, June 23, 1758, the regiment was located in the center, along with the regiments Scheele (No. 2B), Druchtleben (No. 3B), Ledebour (No. 4A), Kielmannsegge (No.12A) and Reden (No. 3A) all brigaded under Lt.-Gen. Oberg.
At Bergen, April 13 1759, the regiment was stationed on the left wing of the Anglo-Allied army, along with Post (No. 10A), Lintzow (No. 7B), and the Hessian regiment Kanitz, commanded by Prinz Isenburg. After repeated attempts to storm the village, Bergen, the Hanoverian and Hessian troops withdrew. Prinz Isenburg, who had been a rallying point for Hessian resistance against the French, fell leading the repeated assaults up a steep slope against the abattis situated around the village. The French units in Bergen were strengthened by a reserve formed from the regiments Piedmont (No.4), Alsace (No. 36), Rohan-Montbazon (No. 32), Royal-Roussillon (No. 37), Beauvoisis (No.41) and the Royal Deux Ponts (No. 92). These reserves blunted the repeated attacks until the Anglo-Allied army withdrew.
The regiment performed as a regular unit.

This is one of my ‘Bergen’ units that had an interesting story around the original founding of the regiment during the War of the Austrian Succession. The figures are Front Rank. The unit looks very familiar to those who use British forces as the blue facings are a common feature of the British Royal troops of the time – only the oak leaves and the flags give the unit away on the table top. Unit painted in the fall of 2005.

Flag: Warflag at
Text: Pengel & Hurt, German States in the Seven Years War 1740 to 1762, Imperial Press
S. Manley, The War of the Austrian Succession - Part IX, Potsdam Publications


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