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Prussian Infantry Trooper 1740
Fusilier Regiment No. 37

  • Sculpted by: Yury Serebryakov- Russia
  • Box Art Painted by: Danilo Cartacci- Rome, Italy
  • Price: $62.95
WHEN FREDERICK II (THE GREAT), BECAME KING OF PRUSSIA HE IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO BUILD UP HIS ARMY. REGIMENT No. 37 WAS FORMED IN 1740, TWO DAYS AFTER THE FUNERAL OF KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM I. THE NEWLY FORMED REGIMENT WAS COMPOSED OF CAPABLE SOLDIERS FROM REGIMENT No. 3, FROM THE KOLBERG GARRISON AND NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS FROM REGIMENT No. 6. OFFICERS AND MEN WERE ALSO RECRUITED FROM THE EMPIRE, AND GRENADIERS WERE ADDED FROM PILLAU. THE NEW REGIMENT WAS GARRISONED IN BRANDENBURG/HAVEL UNDER THE COMMAND OF COLONEL de CAMAS. AFTER THE PEACE OF BRESLAU IN 1742, REGIMENT No. 37 MARCHED TO GLOGAU, SILESIA TO DO OCCUPATION DUTY. THE REGIMENTS MAIN FUNCTION WAS TO PREVENT THE AUSTRIANS FROM OCCUPYING THE CITY. IN 1744 THE REGIMENT BECAME PART OF THE KING'S FIRST CORPS AND MARCHED INTO BOHEMIA WHERE IT HELPED TO CAPTURE PRAGUE. IN 1745 COLONEL Du MOULIN, COMMANDER OF THE REGIMENT RECEIVED THE PRUSSIAN ORDER OF THE BLACK EAGLE FOR ACTIONS IN THE BATTLE OF HOHENFRIEDEBERG WHEN REGIMENT No. 37, IN THE CENTER LINE HELPED TO TURN BACK THE ATTACKING AUSTRIANS.
THE REGIMENT WOULD LATER SEE ACTION IN MOST OF THE MAJOR BATTLES OF THE SEVEN YEARS WAR; PRAGUE, WHERE THEY LOST 13 OFFICERS AND 661 TROPPERS; LEUTHEN, WHERE THEY CAPTURED 3 CANNONS; ZORNDORF, WHERE THEIR COMMANDER MAJOR GENERAL von KURSSELL WAS KILLED IN THE FIGHTING; KUNERSDORF, WHERE THE REGIMENT WAS ALL BUT WIPED OUT LOSING 16 OFFICERS AND 992 TROOPERS; LANDESHUT, WHERE THE FIRST BATTALION WENT DOWN FIGHTING; BURKERSDORF, WHERE FREDERICK THE GREAT, AT THE END OF THE BATTLE, ENCOUNTERED A WOUNDED SOLDIER FROM REGIMENT No. 37 AND ASKED HOW THE BATTLE WAS PROGRESSING. "GOD BE PRAISED, ALL GOES WELL; THE AUSTRIANS ARE RUNNING AND WE ARE WINNING", SAID THE SOLDIER. "ARE YOU WOUNDED MY SON?", ASKED THE KING. HE THEN GAVE THE MAN HIS HANDKERCHIEF AND SAID, "BIND YOUR WOUND WITH THIS." "THIS", REMARKED THE RUSSIAN COUNT CHERNYSHEV, WHO WAS RIDING WITH FREDERICK, EXLPAINED THE DEVOTION WITH WHICH FREDERICK WAS REGARDED BY MANY OF HIS TROOPS.
REGIMENT No. 37 WENT ON TO SERVE PRUSSIA UNTIL 1806 ,WHERE IT WAS DISBANDED IN THE MAGDEBURG CAPITLATION.
THE BUST IS BASED ON THE PRUSSIAN FUSILIER'S CAP OF INFANTRY REGIMENT No. 37 IN THE CRAMER MUSEUM, THE CAP IS IN OUTSTANDING, UNALTERED CONDITION AND EXTRAORDINARYLY RARE.



 

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