Its staff consisted of: 1 colonel and 1 lieutenant colonel, both of whom contrary to the then popular custom did not command their own company, 1 major, 2 aides major, 1 aumonier, & 1 surgeon.
The infantry formed a single battalion; the cavalry 2 squadrons. The corps enjoyed the services of 2 Swedish cannons and a munitions "chariot." 1
Uniform: The infantry wore a brown habit with a garance red collar and cuffs; garance red "brandebourgs" on the front of the habit; white buttons; garance red waistcoat & breeches; black gaiters; black bonnet bordered in white. The infantry was armed with a fusil, bayonet, & sabre. 2
The dragoons also wore a brown habit, but with garance red cuffs, collar, and lace; white buttons; waistcoat & breeches of "yellow" skin; ankle boots; an iron helmet with a scarlet turban, crowned with black leather and ornamented with 3 copper fleurs de lys on its front. Marshal de Saxe when assigning this type of headdress to the cavalry in this corps was the first to give the iron helmet to a corps containing foreigners.3 The dragoons were equipped with a muskatoon, 2 pistols, and a sabre.
As of December 1 1746, the corps strength was raised to 1500 men and included 500 dragoons.4 These additional 500 men were divided into 3 new companies of 100 fusiliers and 4 companies of 50 dragoons. The corps was now organized into 2 battalions and 4 squadrons.5
The two pieces of canon suédois were attached to the dragoons, who were also supported by a munitions wagon.6 Its staff at this point consisted of:
1 colonel (without company)
The September 1, 1748 reorganization which essentially returned the French army to a peacetime footing also affected the fusiliers de la Morlière. It now adopted the same organization as the volontaires Bretons. Its 980 men were organized into 2 grenadier companies (50 men each) and 7 fusilier companies (80 men apiece), and 8 dragoon companies (each with 40 dragoons).
An October 10th ordinance gave the fusiliers de La Morlière, the volontaires bretons, and the arquebusiers de Grassins a common organization. Each consisted of 640 men and was made up of: 2 grenadier companies (50 men each), 6 fusilier companies (60 men each), and 6 cavalry companies (30 men apiece).7
All three corps were affected by a third reduction when on December 1st of that year (1748) each was reduced to 340 men made up of: 2 grenadier companies (40 men each), 4 fusilier companies (40 men each), and 4 cavalry companies (25 men apiece). 8
Exactly two months later, on August 1st 1749, the 3 corps were amalgamated to form the volontaires de Flandre.
1 Bellehomme, Victor L; Histoire de l'infanterie en France, 5 volumes, Paris, 1893-1902, Vol. 3, p. 160.
2 Susan, , Louis A. V. V.; Histoire de l'ancienne infanterie Françoise; 8 volumes, Paris, 1849, Vol. 8.
3 Susan Vol. 8 & BH, Vol. 3, p.160.
4 Susan says 1060 fusiliers & 540 dragoons.
5 BH, Vol. 3, p 167.
6 Ètat général de mai 1748, Paris, 1749, pp. 106-107.
7 BH, Vol. 3, p.176.
8 BH, Vol. 3, p. 178.
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