Monday 6 July 2009

18th century Switzerland

Uniform of a Swiss Jaeger from circa 1770.

The first basis for a Federal Contingent was established by the DEFENSIONALE of Wil and Baden. It fixed the number of men and artillery every ruling Canton ( 13 in total) had to provide. The first Cantonal military regulations date to 1755-1757 . In particular to an order of Nov 10th 1755 which concerned weapons,uniforms,annual reporting etc.

The Cantonal Regiment was formed of 2 battalions ( each of 4 companies of 100 men + staff) + 2 "banner companies" ( very old or very young men) + 1 artillery company. Men were enlisted for military service from 16 to 60 years unless dispensed with for health reasons.Every man had to supply his own uniform,weapon and equipment.

This morning I have begun work on some Canton Zug infantry and standard bearer. It is proceeding quite well so far subject to time and energy...

P.S those interested in the Swiss army of 1900 -1914 or so might enjoy my other blog -


  1. This should make for an interesting and different 18th century army/campaign than the usual Prussian/Austrian stuff. Looking forward to seeing this devlop further.

  2. That Jager looks awfully young, or is it just me getting (GASP!) older?!