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Örjan Martinsson

The Anti-Swedish Coalition Army in Rügen

The exact strength of the coalition army is unclear. If the participating regiments were at full strength then it would have counted 20 404 men (14 234 infantry and 6 180 cavalry). But the real strength was considerably lower. The fleet which transported the army to Rügen had only been ordered to make room for 17 219 men and 5 183 horses. These numbers also include more than just privates but also officers, baggage train and other non-combatives. This means that the number of privates should not have exceeded 3 500 for the cavalry and 11 000 for the infantry. In other words, an average battalion would have about 75 % of its nominal strength and an average squadron about 50 %. Also when the battle of Stresow was being fought, all the infantry but only 5 of 35 squadrons had landed on Rügen. So the combined strength in the battle was no more than 11 500 men.

The official order of battle for the coalition army is shown below. If the whole army would have fought in a pitched battle on Rügen then this is the order in which they would have stood on the battle field. The reported strength is based on nominal strength and is not matched by the actual condition. Saxon regiments have their names written in green text, Prussian in blue and Danish-Norwegian regiments in red text. I have in an attempt to ease identification of the Prussian regiments also added (in parenthesis) the official regimental numbers which they got during the reign of Frederick the Great.

Right Wing

First Line —  2 073 men
(324 Saxons and 1 749 Prussians)
Second Line —  1 089 men
 

Ansbach-Flemmings Dragoon Reg.
(2 squadrons)
Derfflinger's Horse Grenadiers (DR 3)
(2 squadrons)

Gens d'Armes

(CR 8)

(1 skvadron)

Leibregiment
zu Pferde
 (CR 3)

(2 squadrons)

Wartensleben's Cuirassier Reg.
(disbanded 1718)

(2 squadrons)

Schlippenbach's
Cuirassier Reg.
 (CR 1)

(2 squadrons)

Prince Albrecht's
 Dragoon Reg.
 (CR 11)

(2 squadrons)

 du Veynes Dragoon Reg.
 (DR 1)

(2 squadrons)

Blanckensees Dragoon Reg.
 (CR 4)

(2 squadrons)


Centre

First Line — 7 914 men
(1 485 Saxons, 2 319 Prussian grenadiers as well as 4 110 Danes and Norwegians)
 


Königin's Regiment
(1 battalion)

Kurprinz' Regiment
(1 battalion)

Weissenfels' Regiment
(1 battalion)

Ansbach-Kavanagh
(1 battalion)

Prussian grenadiers
(1 battalion)

Prussian grenadiers
(1 battalion)

Prussian grenadiers
(1 battalion)

Prussian grenadiers
(1 battalion)

Prussian grenadiers
(1 battalion)

Prince Albrecht
(IR 19)
(1 battalion)

Norwegian Enlisted Reg.
(1 battalion)

Oldenburg Regiment
(1 battalion)

Trondhjemske Regiment
(1 battalion)

Prince Georg's Regiment
(1 battalion)

Livgarden til Fods
(1 battalion)

Grenadier Corps

(1 battalion)

Anhalt-Dessau
(IR 3)
(1 battalion)

Second Line —  5 900 men
(3 160 Prussians and 2 740 Danes)

 

Alt-Dönhoff
(IR 2)
(1 battalion)

Jung-Dohna
(IR 4)
(1 battalion)

Kamecke
(IR 23)

(1 battalion)

Fynske Regiment
(1 battalion)

Jyske
Regiment
(1 battalion)

Prince Carl's Regiment
(1 battalion)

Dronningen's Livregiment
(1 battalion)

Left Wing
 
First Line —  2 010 men
 
Second Line —  1 008 men
 

Holstein Cuirassier Reg.
(2 squadrons)

3rd Jyske Cavalry Reg.
(2 squadrons)

Württemberg's Cuirassier Reg.
(2 squadrons)

Dewitz' Cuirassier Reg.
(2 squadrons)

2nd Fynske Cavalry Reg.
(2 squadrons)

Livregiment
til Hest
(2 squadrons)

Livregiment Dragoons
(2 squadrons)

2nd Jyske Cavalry Reg.
(2 squadrons)

Jyske National Cuirassiers
(2 squadrons)

The Danish cavalry regiments wore in battle buff coats and black cuirasses. On this page however they are depicted with their ordinary red coats since they were still on the ships when the battle of Stresow was fought.

Swedish uniforms and strength in Pomerania 1715