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Soldier of the régiment des Volontaires-Étrangers, 1758

Caption: Soldier of the régiment des Volontaires-Étrangers, 1758

The régiment des Volontaires-Étrangers was a unit of German mercenaries serving France. First raised in 1756, the unit's 2nd battalion was sent in 1758 to be part of the Louisbourg garrison. It arrived not long before the beginning of the siege which saw the fortress fall to the British. This unit's grey-white coat with green collar, cuffs and waistcoat were unusual for German regiments in French service - most of them wore blue coats at this time. Reconstruction by Eugène Lelièpvre. (Canadian Department of National Defence)