In 1740 Frederick II came to the throne of Prussia and set about creating a magnificent army.

The infantry was drilled to perfection. It was trained to march in precise formation and to deliver devastating volleys of musket 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 a skull. The regiment became known as the Death's Head Hussars and struck fear into the enemy for many years.