Monday, September 29, 2008

Copperplates from the Paradeplatz of Festung Pfeffernüsse

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.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

OoB for Big Battalions

Completing his report and analysis of intelligence gathered from his sources in Vienna and along the return route, Msgr. de Chiaroscuro, S.J., resumed his seat before the assembled Kriegsrat. Generalmajor Gerhard Graf vom und zum Riesling then rose and distributed an aide memoire. "You see, milords, the state in which your latest appropriations will leave the Herzogerheer to address the expected crisis to the south."

Herzogerheer

Unit Name

Type

Training

Base Value

Figures

Total Value

Notes

Herzog Ignaz von Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn

Lt. General

Trained

13

1

13.00

ADC

Trained

1

1

1.00

ADC

Trained

1

1

1.00

Generalmajor Gerhard Graf vom und zum Riesling, Generalquartiermeister

Maj. General

Elite

11

1

11.00

ADC

Trained

1

1

1.00

Oberst Otto Freiherr von Thurgau, Generalinspekteur der Kavallerie

Brigadier

Elite

7

1

7.00

ADC

Trained

1

1

1.00

Leib-Kürassiere

Cuirassiers

Trained

2.1

24

50.40

Oberst Jakob Freiherr von Silvaner

Brigadier

Trained

5

1

5.00

ADC

Trained

1

1

1.00

Von Schirnhausen Dragoner

Dragoons

Trained

1.9

12

22.80

Von Kostenwand Dragoner

Dragoons

Trained

1.9

12

22.80

0

0.00

Oberst Heinz Graf von Trollinger, Generalinspekteur der Infanterie

Brigadier

Trained

5

1

5.00

ADC

Trained

1

1

1.00

ADC

Trained

1

1

1.00

(1st) Regiment Infanterie vom und zum Riesling

Line Infantry

Trained

0.9

54

48.60

(2nd) Regiment Infanterie von Bernkastel

Line Infantry

Trained

0.9

54

48.60

(3rd) Regiment Infanterie von Bacharach

Line Infantry

Trained

0.9

54

48.60

Converged Grenadier Battalion

Grenadier Infantry

Trained

1.1

54

59.40

3pdr battery, Regiment vom und Zum Riesling

3pdr

Cannon

3

1

3.00

3pdr crew, vom und zum Riesling Regiment

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

3

5.40

3pdr battery, Regiment von Bernkastel

3pdr

Cannon

3

1

3.00

3pdr crew, Regiment von Bernkastel

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

3

5.40

3pdr battery Regiment von Bacharach

3pdr

Cannon

3

1

3.00

3pdr crew, Regiment von Bacharach

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

3

5.40

0

0.00

Oberst Leopold Prinz von Rebholz, Generalinspekteur der Artillerie

Brigadier

Trained

5

1

5.00

ADC

ADC

Trained

1

1

1.00

6pdr battery

Cannon

6

1

6.00

6pdr crew

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

5

9.00

6pdr battery

Cannon

6

1

6.00

6pdr crew

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

5

9.00

7pdr Howitzer

Cannon

7

1

7.00

7pdr Howitzer crew

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

5

9.00

7pdr Howitzer

Cannon

7

1

7.00

7pdr Howitzer crew

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

5

9.00

12pdr battery

Cannon

11

1

11.00

Light

12pdr crew

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

5

9.00

12pdr battery

Cannon

11

1

11.00

Light

12pdr crew

Artillery Crew

Trained

1.8

5

9.00

3 pdr Ammo Cart

1

6 pdr Ammo Cart

10

10

1

10.00

7 pdr Ammo Cart

10

10

1

10.00

12 pdr Ammo Cart

1

Army Totals:

330

492.4

Friday, September 19, 2008

Obersaynische Kriegsrat Announces Herzogerheer Expansion

Meeting in a closed session today, the Kriegsrat of the Obersaynischen Landstände today approved the demand of His Grace for a new levy on imports into the duchy of snuff and glasswares to fund an expansion of the Herzogerheer. An additional company of grenadiers is to be raised for each regiment of the Herzogerheer, and an expansion of the Ducal Artillery will be made by the requisition of two batteries of 12-pounders and two batteries of 7-pound howitzers. The demand of His Grace comes after rumours of disturbances at the debut of the Prinzessin Sophie-Vittoria along with reports of Gallian and Hessian troop movements along the Main and Neckar valleys to the south.

Copperplates of the new units will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, the drill instructors at the barracks of Festung Pfeffernüsse outside Hunsruck prepare for the influx of new recruits to replace the soldiers selected from the hat companies for transfer into the new grenadier units, while recruiting officers have been authorised to tour throughout the region to encourage enlistment.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cambriolage

The two-hour fireworks display was concluded with a nearly ten minute barrage of girandoles accompanied by the new ouverture to Rameau's Les Surprises de l'Amour, the Prinzessin Sophie-Vittoria's favourite Gallian opera. With the fading of the last rocket, the assembled audience applauded loudly as the illuminations about the palace came up and bathed the grounds in a sharp metallic radiance.

While the supper chambers remained attended, most of the partygoers dispersed in the Gallian fashion without leave-taking in the immediate aftermath of the pyrotechnics. The closer relations, and the family of the Duke von Sachsen-Veldenz, remained of course, and congregated in the main hall bidding farewell to those awaiting their carriages. After no more than a quarter-hour, though, the major-domo approached Duke Ignaz and whispered briefly into his ear. The Duke coloured noticeably, and looked sharply at his daughter before replying curtly.

Before Sophie-Vittoria could catch her father's eye and ask what had happened she was aware of her dressing-maid, Anna, pulling insistently on her gown sleeve:

"Milady, you must come at once; your chambers--they've been ransacked!"