When the Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by Prussia at the end of the Austro-Prussian War, its army was absorbed into the Prussian Army, forming four new regiments:
- 73rd, Hanoverian Fusilier Regiment
- 74th, 1st Hanoverian Infantry Regiment
- 77th, 2nd Hanoverian Infantry Regiment
- 79th, 3rd Hanoverian Infantry Regiment
This week’s unit represents First Battalion, 2nd Hanoverian Infantry Regiment that served in VII Corps in 1870. In its first action in that war, at Spicheren on 6 August, the regiment was heavily engaged on the right of the battle line in the Stiring Copse and the Fusilier battalion (supported by a company of the 2nd Battalion) stormed the homesteads at the foot of the Spicheren Heights. In these hard fought actions the regiment suffered losses of 628 (131 killed, 438 wounded and 59 missing), around 20% of their effective strength. The regiment was lightly engaged in the actions of Borny and Gravelotte that followed.
|The attack of the Fusilier Battalion, 77th Regiment against the Baraque Mouton and the Golden Bremm at Spicheren, 6 August 1870|