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Wilhelmstahl Snuff Box

Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick presented this fine tortoiseshell snuff box to Colonel Marley of the Fifth in appreciation of the Regiment’s achievements at the Battle of Wilhelmstahl, 24th June 1762.  British and Hanoverian troops under Prince Ferdinand’s command surprised and overcame a French Army; the Fifth captured a large number of French Grenadiers.  Captain Thomas Bell of the Fifth fought at the battle and wrote in his Journal: ‘Our whole army crossed the Dymel, we at Libenau, to attack the french army – 1100 of the Granadiers of france and the Gran’drs Royaux were taken by our Regiment’.