On the drilling grounds outside Festung Pfeffernüsse, the bulk of the Herzogerheer assembled this week to muster in the new recruits and reorganise to incorporate the second grenadier company recently authorised by the Kriegsrat. Additional artillery is on order, as well, and the cannoneers of the Heer eagerly anticipate the heavier guns while honing their skills on the battalion guns.
Word of Germanian and Gallian manoeuvres about Frankfurt to the south have excited all manner of rumours throughout the army, and an hundred different stories have been spun about the bivouac campfires of the last days' marches. Yet the regimental colours remain secured in the fortress citadel, an indication that marching orders have not yet been finalised.
Squadrons of the Leib-Kürassiere, von Schirnhausen and von Kostenwand Dragoner, from right to left, practise close order manoeuvre while breaking in new tack and furniture for their mounts. Regimental fouriers in garrison quarters meanwhile struggle to solve the riddle of arranging remounts and fodder for a march outside of the Kerner valley to unknown points to the southeast.