Keeping with the Leipzig theme, here are two squadrons of the Schlesisches Kürassier-Regiment Nr. 1. under Oberstleutnant Karl Philipp Traugot von Briesen, (Pour le Mérite). The Regiment served with the 2nd Prussian Corps under Generallieutenant von Kleist in the Reserve Cavalry, Generalmajor von Röder commanding. They were one of three cuirassier regiments in GM Freiherr August-Friedrich-Ludwig von Wrangel's heavy cavalry Brigade. The other regiments in the Brigade were Ostpreußisches Kürassier-Regiment Nr. 2 (Oberstleutnant von Werder) and Brandenburgisches Kürassier-Regiment Nr.4 (Major von Loebell).
|Schlesisches Kürassier-Regiment Nr. 1|
I made the standarte following the Bunde plates. It stills needs decorative cords. The unit was painted for me by Carl Robson using Perry Prussian cuirassiers in campaign Litewkas with the officer in a Leibrock. Not so stunning as their dress white Kollets.
Oberstleutnant Karl Philipp Traugot von Briesen and staff
|Oberstleutnant Karl Philipp Traugot von Briesen|
I highly recommend Peter Bunde's excellent series of uniform plates. I used Nr. 58 for this project.
Many thanks to Jon von Briesen, a relative of Oberstleutnant von Briesen for providing additional research when he saw this article.
Here are a few new pictures taken 5.19.15 in my new light box.