Saturday, 6 June 2020

Flags of French Irish Regiment Berwick

These are the flags carried from 1698-1791:

(The flags look smaller but are in fact at the same resolution 300 dpi and size as previous flags; I think it's the way blogger displays them. This set is taller than previous flag sets and so in appearance is shrunk by the blog. When you download the file, it should be OK.)

Formed 1698 from the remnants of various Irish units. Its history seems obscure. According to Susane, in the Seven Years War, it was with the Army of Germany in 1757, in the battle of "Haastembeck" (Hastenbeck) and the conquest of Hanover, then at the battles of Krefeld and "Lutzelberg" (Lutterberg). It was then at Minden in 1759. From 1760 to 1762 it served on the coast of France. This history differs dramatically from that recounted in Kronoskaf.

If anyone can point me at a fuller and probably more reliable history of the regiment, I would be grateful.

And this is the uniform as it was at the beginning of the Seven Years War:

(I am posting these flags and this uniform plate in order to keep the impetus going a little, as I last posted on the 28th May; I have been out of action most of the past week with painful eye trouble, which is now improving, fortunately. I shall return to Prussian flags as soon as I can.)