Friday, August 31, 2012

Komondor's Grenadiers

The Archbishop's of Maitz & Bampfberg have combined the grenadiers of their regiments to form a brigade of grenadiers under the command of Colonel Andras Komondor. Currently they are serving under the command of Major General von Silberlowe with the Bampfberg column. 

As yet untested the brigade has been extensively drilled by Colonel Komondor and is the equal of the Guards of Enteburg or Kopf-Schlager. Colonel Komandor holds his commision with the Archbishop of Bampfberg and is a close friend of Major General von Farkas.   He rose quickly through the ranks in Imperial service having fought against the Ottomanians in several campaigns on the Skanderberg Frontier.


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Friday, August 24, 2012

Silberlowe Musketeers

Major General Wilhelm von Silberlowe is the Inhaber of this regiment, raised for service with the Reichsarmee by Archbishop Prince Heinrich von Holdstein-Braunbar.  It's personnel has been drawn mostly from the archbishop's lands within the electorate of Munchausen which has upset the elector to some extent.

This regiment maintains a strong rivalry with the von Farkas Musketeers, the two regiment where raised on the same day and both claim seniority within the Archbishops service.  However as Major General Wilhelm von Silberlowe is the senior officer, his regiment is generally given seniority.

The regiment is commanded in the field currently by Liuetenant Colonel Leopold von Schwan on officer of Enteburg extraction.  The colonel has been in command of the regiment since it's inception and his guiding hand has seen the regiment the equal of any regiment in Vorlund's service.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

von Farkas Musketeers

Major General Franz Heinrich von Farkas is the inhaber of this regiment, an officer formerly in the service of the Emperor transferred to serve the Archbishop upon his death.  He owns extensive lands in Hinterlund near the border with Skanderberg. 

The regiment draws it's manpower from the Archbishop's lands within Vorlund and Enteburg.  The officers and men of the regiment consider von Silberlowe's musketeers as rivals and the Inhaber's of the two regiments have had to step in on several occasions to stop duels between their officers.

The regiment is commanded in the field by Lieutenant Colonel Jozef Visla another Hinterlunder he joined the Archbishop's service upon the death of the old Emperor and was granted command of the regiment by his old commanding officer Major General von Farkas.  Colonel Visla is a keen huntsman and when not engaged in his military duties can be found in the hunting lodge he purchased on the Enteburg border.  He has become close friends with Prince Louis von Ente und Spurhund-Jungen as they bothe share a passion for hunting.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

More pictures from the Battle of Schwarzstepan

Initial positions

Melchestrian line

di Cigno's command

von Wehrwolf's Pappenheimers

Melchester-Katerheim Advance

Fording the stream

Melchestrian line stalls

The Reichsarmee waits patiently

The Cavalry lines prepare

First clash of the cavalry

Weight of numbers begins to tell

Katerheim infantry push to take the Reichsarmee cavalry in the flank

Half of the Melchestrian cavalry down

Melchestrian line advances once more

Pappenheimers chase down the Royal Dal Riadan Horse

Caught and driven from the field

Thanks to Grant for the extra pics and to Chris & Grant for the game.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Battle of Schwarzstepan

To their Imperial Majesties

It is with great pleasure that I can inform you of the overwhelming victory today near the village of Schwarzstepan.  The forces under my control encountered a force of Melchestrians & Katerheimers advancing into the empire.

I gave orders for our forces to form up with the cavalry of Major General di Cigno holding the left flank, then the heavy guns of the Duke of Pappenheim.  To their right the infantry of Alt-Braunbar then the command of Major General von Reindle's Witzboldfelders. then the Pappenheim infantry on the right of the line.  Holding the left flank was Major General von Wehrwolf and on the far right the command of Major General Graf von Krupp.

The enemy formed up with the Katerheim cavalry holding the right flank two brigades of horse and one of dragoons the Melchestians infantry formed the centre seven brigades in the front line and four in the second their left flank was held by three Katerheim brigades positioned around the village of Schwarzstepan with the Melchestrian Guard Horse, two brigades of Melchestrian dragoons and a brigade of Katerheim dragoons on the right flank.

von Krupp's command, Graff Tilly Chevau Leger in the foreground

von Wehrwolf's command, von Mercy's Cuirassier in the foreground

Pz Admiral Deuteronomy Enteburg Cuirassiers

view from the Reichsarmee left

Reichsarmee centre

My orders were for the cavalry on our right to engage the enemy cavalry those on the left where to hold until we could gain the measure of the forces arrayed against us.  It soon became apparent the Katerheim cavalry commander did not have the stomach for a fight and Major General di Cigno was sent forward. 

 The regiment of horse upon our right soon came to grips with the Melchestrians it was here that Major General Graf von Krupp was injured during the fighting and escorted from the field.  The Katerheim infantry came out in a vain attempt to rescue the overwhelmed Melchestrian cavalry managing to get several deadly volleys into von Mercy'c Cuirassiers as well as von Werth's Cuirassiers.  In the end it would avail them nought as the cavalry upon both flanks would be swept from the field.

Katerheim infantry about to fire upon the Pappenheim Horse
The last of the enemy cavalry is driven from the field

The Melchestrian commander the Duke of Camberland had sent his infantry slowly forward as the cavalry battle unfolded, it was not until it was almost nightfall that our infantry met.

The infantry lines meet

The firefight bout to begin
 The first volleys where telling your Majesties, the vaunted firepower of the Melchestrians availed them naught as our brave lads poured volley after volley into the lines of red coated infantry.  They stood bravely as the Melchestrians threw themselves at our lines and fought them back.  We continued to pour fire into them but it was Graff von Hovawort's regiment on the left of our line who destroyed the vaunted Melchestrain Guards with barely a loss to themselves.

Graf von Hovawort's Regiment after destroying the Melchestrian Guards

 In the end the only five brigades of Melchestrians and two of Katerheimers remained surrounded by our victoriuos cavalry and with no chance of escape the Duke of Camberland saw no option but to surrender his forces.  Thus was signed the treaty of  Schwarzstepan which will be forwarded to your Imperial Majesties.

Your Servant
Graf Graubarbar
General Commanding

Final result, Melchester Katerheim lost all seven mounted brigades, two guards infantry brigades plus four line infantry brigades.  The Reichsarmee lost one infantyr brigade.

Final positions

The surrounded Katerheimers

Regiment Jung Maitz


 The second regiment raised by Archbishop Goostave de Ente und Spurhund-Jungen this regiment's personnel where mostly raised from the Archbishops lands in the north of the empire.  The Archbishop was close friends with the previous Emperor and supported his descision to place his daughter on the throne as Empress.  This has left him estranged from the rest of the de Ente und Spurhund-Jungen household.

The regiment has been training furiously under Colonel Alehandro de Valiente el Leon an officer of Alban extraction.  Once an officer within the Alban Guardia de Corps the colonel became close friends with the Archbishop and followed him to the empire upon taking his position as Archbishop.

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Regiment Maitz

The senior regiment raised by Archbishop Goostave de Ente und Spurhund-Jungen of Maitz for Imperial service.  The regiment's personnel come from across the empire as the Archbispop controls lands spread through much of the empire.  In the field the regiment is commanded by Colonel Prince Fredick August Holdstein-Braunbar.

As yet the regiment remains untested in battle, however it has a solid core of good officers & NCO's and is expected to do well.  The Archbishop has spared no expenses on training his regiments and they are equal to any unit in Vorlund und Hinterlund's army.

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