In 1740 Frederick II
came to the throne of Prussia
and set about creating a magnificent army
was drilled to perfection. It was trained to march in precise formation and to deliver devastating volleys
fire. The cavalry
was also specially trained. While the infantry was expected to be steady and dependable, the cavalry had to be dashing and brave. The bravest and most dashing were the hussars.
These light cavalry regiments
were dressed in elegant
uniforms. Resplendent in braided and fur-trimmed jackets, the hussars were mounted on the swiftest horses in the army. The daring charges of the Prussian hussars became legendary
One regiment stood out above the others. It dressed in black and took as its badge
. The regiment became known as the Death's Head Hussars and struck fear into the enemy for many years.