The uniforms on that page follow the regulation of 1699 as reported by Torstein Snorrason. Karsten Skjold Peterson has however in his research found conflicting information. According to him Prince Georg had blue coats and orange facings 1700-1704 (and an unknown uniform 1705-1711). Prince Carl had also blue coats 1700-1704 (with red facings 1704) and an unknown uniform 1705-1712.janner wrote:In the meantime, how reliable do you think this page is?
http://www.thewaroffice.co.uk/Blenheim/ ... rigade.jpg
The colours seems odd to me. The only one I recognise is the Livgarde colour to the left, which was used by the battalion in English service according to Lars-Eric Höglund.
Höglund describes two colours for Prince Georg and none resemble the website's colours. One set of green colours (with different motifs) were issued to the regiment in 1695, and the battalions in English service had a set of orange colours.
Prince Carl had yellow colours according to Höglund.
The details on these colours are shown in the attached picture.
Yes, it is very surprising to find out how little we actually know about this period when you begin to study it. As a teenager I read Peter Englund's book about Poltava and was captivated by his vivid description of the raging battle scenes. But years later when I studied the primary sources I realised that they barely said anything more about the actual fighting than mere one-sentence summaries. Englund was just using his imagination to paint a picture to his readers and was not reporting historical facts.Despite coming many centuries after my 'own period' of study, and coming with an anticipation that there would be better/more extensive record keeping, it's interesting to see that there is still often no right or wrong, just informed guesswork