The Gardes du Corps was the personal bodyguard of the king of Prussia and, after 1871, of the German emperor. The unit was founded in 1740 by Frederick the Great, hans von Blumenthal was badly wounded leading the regiment in a successful cavalry charge in the battle of Lobositz and had to retire from the military. Initially, the Regiment was used in part as a unit for officers as part of a programme of expansion of the cavalry. Unlike the rest of the Imperial German Army after German unification in 1871, the Regiment wore a white cuirassier uniform with certain special distinctions in full dress. These included a red tunic for officers in dress and a white metal eagle poised as if about to rise from the bronze helmet on which it sat. These last replaced the white metal breastplates on certain special occasions. Die preussischen Kavallerie-Regimenter 1913/1914 nach dem Gesetz vom 3
Uniforms from 1740 to 1926
Officers of the Prussian Gardes du Corps, wishing to provoke war, ostentatiously sharpen their swords on the steps of the French embassy in Berlin in the autumn of 1806.