MINDEN (GERMANY) ISLANDS OF TIME
15TH JUNE 2014
The Middle Ages - "chivalry" & Religion (12th century)
A dark time - Minden 30-year war (1618-1648)
LIVING HISTORY GROUP HORTUS BELLICUS SHOWS THE LIFE OF THE MERCENARIES IN THE "GERMAN WAR", ONE OF THE DARKEST ERAS OF GER MAN HISTORY. IN 1634 THE WAR REACHED THE BISCHHOFSSTADT MINDEN, WHICH WAS OCCUPIED BY SWEDISH TROOPS.
"Trip to Paris" - "gifts of love" for the Trench
German troops of the Füsilier Regt General Feldmarschall Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (Hannoversches) Nr. 73, on the home front
The story of the Gibraltar cuff title can be traced back to 1775 when the King of England, George III, Duke of Hannover was in need of fresh troops to allow British troops to serve in the colonies during the American Revolution. Five Battalions of troops from his native Hannover were recruited to replace British troops in the Mediterranean. Three of the Battalions, Von Beden, de la Motte, and von Hardeberg were sent on 16 October 1775 to Gibraltar for service. Life in the garrison on Gibraltar was uneventful until June 1776 when Spain declared war on England and immediately blockaded the island. Starvation, scurvy, and death by Spanish Artillery were commonplace on Gibraltar until the Treaty of Versailles lifted the siege on 15 August 1783. The British garrison and their three Hannoverian Battalions had lasted over three years and seven months. To honor the survivors of the siege, the three Battalions were authorized to wear a blue cloth cuff-title embroidered GIBRALTAR on the lower right sleeve of their Waffenrock. In 1866, Hannover sided with Austria in the war with Prussia which ended in a Prussian victory. As a result, Prussia annexed Hannover which ceased to be a Kingdom that same year. Hannoverian Infantry Battalions were duly assimilated into the Prussian army, with the three Battalions that fought in Gibraltar being re-named Füsilier Regt General Feldmarschall Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (Hannoversches) Nr. 73, Inf. - Regt. Von Voigts - Rhetz (3. Hannoversches) Nr.79, and Hannoversches Jäger - Batl. Nr. 10. To commemorate the three Hannoverian units that fought in Gibraltar, Kaiser Wilhelm II in1901, awarded the right to wear a commemorative cloth cuff title for all three units that had perpetuated the original Gibraltar survivors. This version of the Gibraltar cuff title was a simpler design from the first version and worn on the lower right sleeve of the Dunkelblau Waffenrock by all ranks.
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