This is a very interesting soft cover album that measures 9 1/4″ x 6.” It celebrates THE most elite German infantry regiment, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (1.GRzF). This elite regiment was founded in 1688. It was garrisoned at Potsdam. It is where König Frederick the Great built his castle, Sanssouci, and where many of the most elite Prussian Garde-Regiments (including the Regiment der Garde du Corps) were based. Most of the regiment’s officers came from German royalty and nobility, as was the case with the Regiment der Garde du Corps. No regiment in the German Army has more à la suite officers than 1.GrzF. In the 1914 Rangliste, twenty plus à la suite officers are mentioned. All princes of the House of Hohenzollern were automatically enrolled in the regiment. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons and his brother’s two boys accounted for eight of the regiment’s à la suite officers! Other high-ranking royals also belonged to the regiment. Another token of the high esteem in which the regiment was held was its headdress style. They were one of two regiments to wear a mitre for high dress occasions. Our album sports a simple brown cover. The pages are held together by an equally simple, string binding. [The cover is a bit fragile, so we suggest care when looking through the album. Perusing it on a flat surface, which places less strain on the covers and binding, will help preserve it all the more]. A brief history of the regiment from 1740 through 1871 begins the account. The next pages depict the history of uniforms and headdress from 1704 through 1845 (the soldier in 1845 models an early pickelhaube). Progressive paintings show the regiment in action during the Napoleonic War in 1813, the 1866 Austro-Prussian War of, and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. A later photo, which dates from the late 1880’s or early 1890’s, shows Kronprinz Wilhelm as a leutnant in the regiment. Another photo shows his brother, next-in-line Prinz Eitel Friedrich. The balance of the book is filled with formal and informal views of the regiment’s soldiers. It is a very entertaining and informative visual history of a very elite regiment.
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