Monday, 22 February 2016

Rossbach French Flags Project - Swiss Regiment Castellas

Regiment Castellas First raised 1672 as Pfiffer de Wyher and went through various renamings as Colonels changed until it became Castellas in March 1756. It was of two battalions and ranked 52nd in 1757.

In the SYW it was part of the Army of Germany and took part in the taking of Wesel, of which it became the garrison. It was at Rossbach where it was brigaded with Salis de Mayenfeld (and where captain of grenadiers Reich and lieutenant Muller were killed, captain Dieffenthaler was wounded and taken prisoner, and "amongst the wounded" were captain Waldner and lieutenant Krefeld. These officer casualties suggest that total casualties for the regiment cannot have been enormously heavy). Having fought at Lutterberg in 1758, it was distinguished at Bergen in 1759 and fought very well at Corbach in July 1760. It was also at Clostercamps in 1760, Langensalza in 1761 and Wilhelmstahl in 1762. (According to Susane, the grenadiers and chasseurs of this regiment distinguished themselves at the action of Neuhaus on the 13th September 1761.) At the end of the war Castellas became the garrison of Belfort.

[*Susane's volumes on the French infantry list officer casualties for all the Swiss regiments at Rossbach and it is interesting to compare them. I shall draw up a table when I have completed the flags for the Swiss units.]

Here are the flags for Castellas:

And this is the uniform and flag plate from the 1757 MS:


Capt Bill said...

Sir David, Soooo glad to see your post! I had never seen this flag before, but really like it. I may have to re-flag a Swiss unit to show this great flag. Best regards, Bill

Ray Rousell said...


David said...

Thanks, Bill and Ray. Glad you like it! A few more Swiss flags to come soon...



Anonymous said...


I love the red uniforms and need elite. Swiss and Irish had so colourfull flags!



David said...

Thanks, André. Glad you like them. Sorry to be slow producing your comment; I've not been well for a while.

Yes, I agree. I do plan to produce some of the Irish French flags too eventually.