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Information about the 1te Freikorps, Königlich Preußisches Infanterie

The 1te Freikorps is a European-based Regiment on Holdfast.
Our members range to very experienced with a few years spent on the game to new players that are striving to improve, with all members striving to improve the 1teFKI as well as their personal playing skills. There are trainings once every week. Though optional, these trainings are here to provide practice, improvement in skill, helpful sessions about tactics and general game-play, also to those who make every effort for it, progression towards promotions. The Regiment also provides leadership openings to those who have served with activity, loyalty, and reliability, but are only approved to those who seek leading, providing a relaxed experience for the players who simply wish to play and have fun with their community.




Formation of the Freikorps

Lützow Free Corps "German: Lützowsches Freikorps" was a volunteer force of the Prussian army during the Napoleonic Wars. It was named after its commander, Ludwig Adolf Wilhelm von Lützow. The Corpsmen were also widely known as the “Lützower Jäger“ or “Schwarze Jäger“ (“Black Hunters”), sometimes also "Lützower Reiter" ("Lützow Riders"). The unit was officially founded in February 1813 as Königlich Preußisches Freikorps von Lützow (Royal Prussian Free Corps von Lützow). Lützow, who had been an officer under the ill-fated Ferdinand von Schill, obtained permission from the Prussian Chief-of-Staff Gerhard von Scharnhorst to organize a free corps consisting of infantry, cavalry, and Tyrolean Jäger (literally, “hunters” ― i.e., marksmen, snipers), for flank attacks and guerrilla warfare behind the French lines. Volunteers were to be drawn from all over Germany (including Austria) to fight against Napoleon I of France; it was hoped that this broadly national force would aid in rallying the smaller German governments into the ranks of the Allies.

The Corps has been alleged to have consisted mostly of students and academics; however, in reality these amounted to no more than 12% of the total force, which was actually composed mostly of craftsmen and laborers. Besides the well-known Saxon dramatist and poet Carl Theodor Körner, the Corps also included academics, writers, and other well known figures, such as Georg Friedrich Kersting, Friedrich Friesen, Joseph von Eichendorff, and Friedrich Ludwig Jahn. The educator Friedrich Fröbel, who later developed the concept of the Kindergarten, also belonged to the Lützowers. In addition, at least two women, Eleonore Prochaska and Anna Lühring, had managed to join in disguise.
The Tyroleans, whose leaders Jakob Riedl and Joseph Ennemoser had fought with Andreas Hofer for the liberation of Tyrol since 1809, came into the Lützow Corps after the armistice of Summer 1813.

Because the Kingdom of Prussia already had problems financing and equipping its regular forces, the volunteers had to equip and supply themselves by their own means. Many times civilian clothing or old uniforms ― even enemy uniforms taken as booty ― were simply dyed. Black was therefore used for their uniforms rather than the normal Prussian blue, because this was the only color that could be used to dye the improvised clothing (if any other had been used, the clothing's original color would have shown through, resulting in an unacceptable mix of colors for the Corps as a whole). The quality of the material often left much to be desired.

For similar reasons of economy, a civilian-style trench coat, the so-called litewka or Polish frock coat ― double-breasted, without a tail-slit ― was chosen for infantry and rifle detachments, and later extended to the artillery. The tunic was black, as were the trousers, with red trim chosen for the rank insignia along the collar, cuffs, epaulets, and front edge of the tunic; on officers’ uniforms, collars and cuffs were faced in velvet. On the tunic’s front, eight embossed brass buttons were arranged in two vertical rows.

Volunteers with particular skills were allowed to transfer to special units with their own uniforms. Hussars and lancers (uhlans) wore dolman jackets, often brought from their former units, dyed black (as were the hussars’ pelisses). Hussars and lancers wore only black and white, the red being omitted. Officers’ uniforms carried silver cords, rather than white, and were in addition trimmed with black fur. Lützow himself wore the black hussar uniform.

Free Corps Uniforms: Musketeer and Tyrolean Jäger. Illustration from Uniformenkunde by Richard Knötel
The Tyrolean Jäger retained their previous uniform, gray with green facings.

Due to its improvised nature, headgear worn by the Free Corps was varied. The infantry headgear corresponded to that of Schill’s corps of 1809, consisting of a black shako, with a clasp and side cordon and tassel. The cavalry wore a felt shako (though due to scarce resources, some were made even of cardboard) with a black-and-yellow braid and tassel; often a black oilcloth was worn over them as protection from the weather. For parades cavalry were accustomed to wear a black horsehair tassel and a black cordon. The Tyroleans continued to wear the turned up and plumed hats of their native region. In addition, some volunteers sported peaked caps or even large berets. Often against orders the symbol of a civilian or student society would be attached. In the early days of the Corps, Lützow and others also wore a skull on their headgear (in the same manner as the Duke of Brunswick’s Schwarze Schar), until forbidden by royal command.

Freikorp uniforms


Combat History

The Lützow Free Corps distinguished itself from the mass of the army, in that it was a voluntary association, whose members were remarkable for superior activity, energy, and enterprise. Unlike many of the regular army, their loyalty was rather to Germany as a whole than to Prussia or the House of Hohenzollern; many of them made a vow to neither cut their hair nor their beards till they had driven the French entirely out of German lands. Nevertheless, it had the highest percentage of deserters in the Army of Prussia, was treated with marked coolness by the King (who was anything but an ardent nationalist and anyway preferred his regulars), and accomplished relatively little in the way of major military success.

The average size of the Corps was 2,900 infantry, 600 cavalry and 120 artillery, varying throughout the war. It fought in many battles, operating first independently in the rear of the French troops, later as a regular unit in the allied armies. The Lützowers displayed great gallantry throughout the remainder of the war, and proved a source of constant annoyance to the French, who regarded them with exceptional hostility, Napoleon himself referring to their chief as “ce brigand Lützow, chef du corps de la Vengeance“ (“that robber Lützow, head of the band of Revenge”).

At the proclamation of the armistice of 4 June – 13 August 1813, the Corps, eager to gain a dashing victory against the hated emperor, had been deep behind enemy lines and were hastening back to German-held territory (supposedly under a French safe-conduct), when they were caught there in contradiction to the terms of armistice. The French general Fournier ordered an attack on the Corps, replying to a demand for explanation, “Armistice pour tout le monde, excepté pour vous !“ (“truce for all, but not for you”).[1]

After the peace of 1814 the Corps was dissolved. The infantry were converted into the 25th Infantry Regiment (from 5 November 1816 known as the 1st Rhine) as regular infantrymen, consisting of 2419 men (82 officers / 2337 troops) organized into a 1st Battalion, 2nd Battalion, and 3rd Battalion, under the command of Christian Friedrich Engel von Petersdorff (who had been a major under Lützow); the cavalry were reorganized into the 6th Ulans under Lützow himself. After Napoleon’s return from Elba, both regiments fought at Ligny and Waterloo during the Hundred Days. The composition of their units remained unique and still bore the impress of the Lützow corps, e.g., retaining the same black litewka and shako.




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Oberfeldwebel. Gabe Ümmer

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Unteroffizier. Franz Hoffmann
Unteroffizier. Heinrich Himmer

Korporal. Wilhelm von Romberg
Korporal. Victor Williams
Korporal. Carl Theodor Körner

Gefreiter. Herman Möller
Gefreiter. Liam Gorden
Gefreiter. Dominik Jäger

Füsilier. William Warrington
Füsilier. Jordan McKellar
Füsilier. Bed Dover
Füsilier. Erik Lehnsherr
Füsilier. Ron Walsh
Füsilier. Scott Johnson
Füsilier. George Victor
Füsilier. Edward Kenway
Füsilier. Charles Bath
Füsilier. Scott Morgan.
Füsilier. Alan Hensley
Füsilier. Alistair Newton
Füsilier. Harry Wayne
Füsilier. Patrick Neumann
Füsilier. Curt Bruggemann

Gemeiner. Norman Smith
Gemeiner. Henry Wade
Gemeiner. Isak Acorn
Gemeiner. Owain Llewellyn
Gemeiner. Edward Newton
Gemeiner. Richard Sharpe
Gemeiner. Sigismund Zápolyat
Gemeiner. Alexander Darwin
Gemeiner. Charles Newton
Gemeiner. Sandy Toksvig
Gemeiner. Jeffery Burns
Gemeiner. William Atkinson
Gemeiner. Samuel Young
Gemeiner. David Gloucester
Gemeiner. Roland Green
Gemeiner. Fletcher Clarke
Gemeiner. Kevin Perkins
Gemeiner. Lewis Maxwell
Gemeiner. Eric Harte
Gemeiner. Arnold Scott
Gemeiner. Quentin Queen
Gemeiner. Frank Young
Gemeiner. Gregory Griffin
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Arzt. Heinrich Kesselring
Musiker. Kurt Gröschke


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Kadett. Jacob Sands
Kadett. Heward Carver
Kadett. Hugh Janus
Kadett. Edward Law
Kadett. David Lane
Kadett. Eric Baker
Kadett. James Walker
Kadett. James Baker
Kadett. Jacob Jacobs
Kadett. Edward Jacob
Kadett. William Day
Kadett. Terry Walker
Kadett. Thomas Baker
Kadett. Adam Abbot
Kadett. Amsel Stone
Kadett. Roland Fletcher
Kadett. Peter Young
Kadett. James Hunter
Kadett. Andrew Perkins
Kadett. Mason William
Kadett. Quentin Williams
Kadett. Rolf Harris
Kadett. Felix Mason
Kadett. Frank Steve
Kadett. Daniel Quinten
Kadett. Henry Cox
Kadett. Lee Page
Kadett. Oriley Baker
Kadett. Edgar Blythe
Kadett. Charlie Quentin
Kadett. Felix Snider
Kadett. Hans Kaiser
Kadett. Morgan Hunter
Kadett. Terry Welch
Kadett. Wilhelm Muller
Kadett. Axel Koch
Kadett. Hans Ernst Karl
Kadett. Gebhard Schroder

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Re: 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 03:55:45 pm »
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Good luck, the 23rd was a cool reg fam!

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Re: 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers
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Re: 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers
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In IRL this reg was dank. I am sure you guys will not let the name go to waste!!!

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Re: 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2017, 11:56:08 pm »
In IRL this reg was dank. I am sure you guys will not let the name go to waste!!!

Well, you just updated the thread and it looks great!!

Yeah I'm just testing out some stuff atm, hopefully in a few days I can get it look top notch! Thanks  :)

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Re: 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2017, 02:13:24 am »
Good luck Duke, fgt. Hopefully better than whatever regiment we had back in like 2012 when we were like 13.

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Re: 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers
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