My site for the Herzog to vent his views on his ongoing efforts to return the breackaway lands [Schwabian League] to Harzburg's control.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter plans

Ministers von Reinhard, and von Kortig meet in Minister Gerissenheit's office for an informal coordination meeting.  The Ministers meeting was to confirm plans for winter reshuffling of troops and planning for he spring offensive.

"Gentlemen take a seat and we shall get started." Minister Gerissenheit directed his guest to a table with three chairs and coffee decanter and cups on the table. "Please get your coffee and take a seat.  We have much to accomplish before we meet the Herzog tomorrow at the Baerschloss."  Minister Gerissenheit joined his guest and took a seat with his cup of coffee.

"If you please I will begin," Minister Gerissenheit  paused and received nods of approval.  "My latest information shows that the Schwabial League has gone into winter quarters and a quiet winter is expected."

"Except from that dam Fuchs.  I receive daily reports of their probing our forward base. I swear that man is on a mission to drive us all mad." stated Minister of War von Reinhard.

"His name does appear in my sources reports.  According to their reports he is increasing the size of his command. The reports state that his training exercises will keep our forward base under constant alert. Minister von Reinhard, I would advise you to keep pressure on those officers at our forward base to keep alert for raids from Fuchs Jaegers." Minister Gerissenheit paused to sip his coffee.

Minister of State von Kortig added, "The diplomatic front has stabilized.  The Bishopric of Uber-Gruntshuffen has gone quiet and I feel that troops needed to protect that front can be transferred to reserve units.  Frankszonia is tied to internal problems and we can protect our border there with reservist as well."

"If the information can be trusted, our manpower problems are greatly reduced. Can you confirm any of these diplomatic inquires?" Minister von Reinhard asked Minister Gerissenheit.

"My sources have been sending me the same information.  How does it affect the springs opperations?" asked Minister Gerissenheit.

"Reservist formations can patrol our boarders with Frankszonia and Uber-Gruntshuffen allowing regulars to take to the field. Though we are significantly larger than any state in Schwabia, the League can field as strong a force as we. Zwilling-Hügel showed that a direct assault on steady troops is a risky enterprise. We must have room to manuver to expoit our superior flexibility. My recruiting parties are even now scouring Schwabia for recruits and reports give hope that our forces will be near full strength by spring." said Minister von Reinhard.



Friday, December 3, 2010

The Council Meets

Carriges began to arrive at the Baerschloss for meeting with the Herzog. Ministers Gerissenheit, von Reinhard, and von Kortig gathered as their secretaries collected the papers for the meeting.  All gathered stood silent as a company of the Herzog's Lieb Grenadiers smartly marched out and formed a three rank line before them. An officer stepped forward and spoke, " I am Hauptman Harzbad, You and your staff shall be escorted to the conference room.  The Hurzogs orders are for you gentlemen have your reports ready for his arrival. Questions?"  Silence followed the Hauptmans words, "Sergeant, attend the ministers party.  Ministers you will follow me."  As the Ministers followed the Hauptman they were aware of being surrounded by a party of Lieb Grenadiers.

The Hauptman led the party to the conference room and directed the Ministers to their seats. " Ministers your staff shall arrive directly. I must leave guards outside per orders, You will have privacy in this room to carry out your duties.  I must leave you now to see to my duties.  Good day Ministers." With that Hauptman Harzbad turned and left the room past two Lieb Grenadiers who then shut the door.

Minister Gerissenheit cleared his throat and began the meeting. " Gentlemen the news from the from must be dire.  The Hurzog would not clamp dawn the security unless the situation warranted it." 
'I wonder what news he has that is different from ours.  I am the Minister of War and if I cannot be accurate on my estimations of our forces effectiveness then why am I here." said an exasperated Minister von Reinhard.

"My department is gathering diplomatic information and making contacts to set up further diplomatic activity. If the information I am receiving is false, how can I give advice to the Hurzog?"

"Have no fears Minister von Kortig, and  von Reinhard, I am sure you each have your departments under control.  My agents regularly send me information that confirms your information.  The battle at Zwilling-Hügel stopped a possible winter campaigns in it's tracks.  My information is that our forces suffered severely and even now are only fifty percent effective." Minister Gerissenheit paused and let the information sink in.

Their meeting was interrupted by the arrival of their staff.  The secretraries prepared their ministers papers and seated themselves to aid their ministers in the meeting. As all the staff settled in Oberest von Hubersen entered followed by the Herzog. "I expect this meeting to lay out the requirements for the replenishment of our forces and plan for the spring operations.  I want this meeting to be short  and then each department will go to their suite and prepare for tomorrows meetings.  Now lets get to work."

Thursday, November 25, 2010



30 October, 1750/2010 Battle of Hoffmanns Farmstead

20 November, 1750/2010 Battle of Zwilling-Hügel
Lost flag to Flatsburg Bn when they routed out of the melee leaving Fenstermacher’s still engaged.

6 May, 1751/2011  Battle of Geuberbach

I Battalion
30 October, 1750/2010 Battle of Hoffmanns Farmstead
Defeated the MUHLEHAUS in melee and captured their flag after routing them
In pursuit they engaged FLATSBURG in melee and captured their flag after routing them
Promoted to ELITE status

20 November, 1750/2010 Battle of Zwilling-Hügel

Due to casualties and sending cadre to form II Battalion lowered toVetrern

6 May, 1751/2011 Battle of Geuberbach

I Battalion

30 October, 1750/2010 Battle of Hoffmanns Farmstead

20 November, 1750/2010 Battle of Zwilling-Hügel
Engaged Flatsburg Regiment in close combat to a draw.

6 May, 1751/2011 Battle of Geuberbach


30 October, 1750/2010 Battle of Hoffmanns Farmstead

20 November, 1750/2010 Battle of Zwilling-Hügel 
Engaged in firefight and routed when below 50%

6 May, 1751/2011 Battle of Geuberbach
Engaged in firefight with Flatsburgs Furstins Own Musketeers and routed when below 50%

I Battalion
30 October, 1750/2010 Battle of Hoffmanns Farmstead

20 November, 1750/2010 Battle of Zwilling-Hügel
Engaged in firefight and routed when below 50%

6 May, 1751/2011 Battle of Geuberbach
Engaged in firefight with the Furstins Own Musketeers and Muhlehaus Bn,
Furstins Own routed and replaced in the firefight by Alderzwilling BN I.
I BN Brands finaly routed when below 50%

I Battalion
30 October, 1750/2010 Battle of Hoffmanns Farmstead

20 November, 1750/2010 Battle of Zwilling-Hügel
Engaged in firefight and covered retreat of army

6 May, 1751/2011 Battle of Geuberbach
Engaged in firefight with Flatsburg Bn and routed when below 50%





6 May, 1751/2011 Battle of Geuberbach
Fought with Fenstermacher's I BN in a firefight which routed the Flatsburg Bn when they fell below 50%

30 October, 1750/2010 Battle of Hoffmanns Farmstead
Defeated the Furstins Horse in melee and captured their flag after routing them
20 November, 1750/2010 Battle of Zwilling-Hügel 

30 October, 1750/2010 Battle of Hoffmanns Farmstead
Lost their flag in melee to Flatsburg Dragoons when they routed

20 November, 1750/2010 Battle of Zwilling-Hügel
Defeated the Flatsburg Dragoons in melee and captured their flag after eliminating them 






Battle of Zwilling-Hügel report

From : Prinz William Augustus von Harzburg
           Center Division Army of Harzburg

To:     Herzog Fredrick William von Harzburg III


As ordered, my forces advanced upon the Schwabian definsive position at Zwilling-Hügel.  The Schwabians positioned their guns on the hill either side of the road. Their infantry was placed behind the crest of the hills behind the guns.  The 2 squadrons of cavalry were on either flank to match our deployment.

von Stribling commanded the right brigade while von Harzbach commanded the left brigade, each were ordered to clear the hill to their front.  The dragoon squadrons were positioned on the flanks of the infantry to engage te enemy horse.  The 12lb battery positioned itself in the center to provide aid where needed.

Our troops advanced and delivered volly's upon the battalion guns on the hill. on our next advance the enemy infantry took up positions on the hills with their guns and a general firefight ensued.  While von Stribling advanced to close range and continued the firefight, von Harzbach left Thalbers to engage one of the enemy and sent the Harzbach Grenadiers and Fenstermacher Regiment to charge the enemy to their front. The dragoons charged and engaged the enemy horse to their front.

The Aubach Dragoons eliminated the Flatsburg Dragoons in close combat and captured their flag. This redems them from the last engagement where the Flatsburg Dragoons bested them. The Kleinberg Dragoons remained in close combat with the Furstins Horse untill ordered to disengage to cover the withdrawl.

Only Lowes Regiment withstood the devastating enemy fire while it's 2 companions broke from the casualties sustained in the fight. Thalbers sustained significant losses byt stood firm.  The Harzbach Grenadiers broke and ran from the close combat leaving their flag and Fenstermacher engaged.

At this point to preserve my force I ordered a cesation of hostilities and had the Dragoons cover our withdrawl back to Hoffmanns Farmstead to regroup.  Due to the losses sustained, offensive opperations can not be continued for this season.  I am looking to the defense of Hoffmanns Farmstead to preserve our forward operations base.

Your Humble Servant

Prinz William Augustus von Harzburg

For pictures of the battle

Monday, November 1, 2010


The church bells rang for hours as news spread of the victory at Hoffmans Farmstead. The Herzog was as giddy as a child with the delightfull news of his troops performance.  With one exception the Harzburg troops were victorious capturing three enemy standards and losing only one. Hoffmanns farmstead will become the forward base for Harzburg in the drive to capture the Schwabian base.

For more pictures go to


Thursday, October 7, 2010


My friend, Jay Stribling, of  the Jackson Gamers gave me a blue metal catapult to add to my lead.  After getting it home, I removed it's wheels and modified it. Here are some pictures of the progress.  I will finish the modification as painting time permits
Side view

Back view
Front view

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Baerschloss festivities continue 2

Oberst von Hubersen entered the room and came to attention and saluted the Hewrzog. "Your orders have been carried out," he said then waited for further orders.

"Oberst take a seat, I wish the input of a serving officer. Today, I intend to plan new operations in Swabia." "I am honored Your Highness.Said the Oberst then he took a seat.

The Herzog began, "The campaign season is coming to an end and the Schwabians have almost finished turning Zwilling-Eichen into a forward base where we will certainly need to focus of our operations next. The question is, do we take it before winter quarters or in the spring?" The room grew quiet and the Herzog resumed, "Since there are no suggestions, I propose that we begin operations before winter ends all campaigning. I want to probe the southern borders and tie up those Schwabian forces while the Jaeger Corps will raid North of Zwilling-Eichen pulling troops North. I want forces to puse toward Zwilling-Eichen and engage them. Our winter plans will depend on the outcome of that engagement. Your opinions and I expect your truthful thoughts."

Gerbert von Reinhard, the new Minister of War, said "The provisions are abundant for operations and winter gear is available should operations continue throughout the winter. At present, our forces have a strength of 300 per battalion.  Our Jaeger Corps is at full strength at 2-160 man companies and 1-160 man Mounted Jaeger squadron. Our horse is short of men and horses but adequate for operations."

Minister of Information, Albert Gerissenheit injected, "The Schwabians are in the same situation. Even with the return of the Reich contingent they will field less battalions, squadrons, and guns than we can put into the field. The Herzog's plan should give our forces at worst an even fight at Zwilling-Eichen."

Oberst von Hubersen stated, "Our troops will give a good account and are ready for the fight.  Our formations may be lean but that lean is all muscle."

Monday, October 4, 2010

Baerschloss festivities continue

Minister Gerissenheit followed the Herzog from the courtyard to the ground floor room used for Ministerial meetings. As he entered the room he noticed 3 seated men, the Herzogs secretary standing by his writing desk, and a dozen Lieb Grenadiers at attention. Upon noticing the Herzog's entrance, the men stood and bowed to their heads. You may all be seated," said Fredrick William III to the assembled men.  "Sergent send for an orderly to bring coffee and cups as this will be a long meeting." "Yes your highness, as you order," replied the Sergeant as he set about caring out his orders.

Once the the coffee was delivered and each of the seated men served, the Herzog began to speak. "Let there be no doubt about what I expect from my Ministers. You can never hide the truth from me!" said the Herzog as he slammed his fist onto the table. "You will never lie to my face just to cover your own inefficiency or incompetence!" he shouted, as he slammed his fist onto the table. "If needs be, I will postpone all operations and use up all my powder, ball, and rope keeping the executioners busy for a fortnight. I will cleanse my realm of all who would aid those people and lie to me!"

The Ministers could clearly see the handwriting on the wall and each promised to take the mornings lesson to heart. Minister Gerissenheit cleared his throat and asked, "Have you decided the others fate or may I humbly make a suggestion?"

"What devious trouble have you in mind?" asked the Herzog. "The prisoners lied in correspondence to my secretary, but the Ministers each stated that they operated under their orders. They should have known that correspondence to Fritz is the same as correspondence to me."

"If I may, I wish to question them to see if they could be used for information gathering," said the Minister. "Our contacts across the border need couriers and I need 1 or 2 for other duties."

The Herzog thought for a moment as he drank his cup of coffee. "Another cup steward," he said as he placed the empty cup to the side. "Fritz!" The Herzogs secretary seated at his writing desk behind the Herzog replied,"Yes, Your Highness." "I want undated death sentences for each of the 5 remaining prisoners. I will sign them when they are finished.  Minister Gerissenheit, you will take the documents and the prisoners. Do with them what you want. The date of their execution is entirely up to you. Let them know that if they do not prove to be of any use, they will be hanged! I do not wish to be bothered by them any more."

"As you command, Your Highness. You will never hear of them again."
Minister Gerissenheit sat back and awaited the documents and wondered what else the Herzog had planned for today.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Baerschloss festivities

"Gentlemen, I am pleased you have obeyed my order and hurried here to the Baerschloss." Fredrick William III, ErbHerzog von Harzburg resumed after letting his words sink in, "You know I am not quick to punish those who make a mistake, as long as they are truthful to their superiors.  A glaring example of misconduct and disobedience has come to my attention and the situation must be put right at once.  The superior who was lied to in this situation is me."

A tense silence filled the courtyard of the Baerschloss, family seat of the von Harzburg's, as each of the assembled looked about. The under-secretaries looked for their Minister for direction.The Ministry of Information took their lead from Minister Gerissenheit and stood quietly awaiting the Herzog's next words. Nervous glancing and talking started among the under-secretaries from State and War. All the assembled could not help but notice the Leib Grenadiers at attention surrounding them.

"The war effort has been hamstringed by the ineptitude of 2 of my Ministers." The assembled watched as the Leib regiment repositioned themselves at a simple nod from the Herzog. At the corner of the courtyard 7 post could be seen, gasp escaped many as the Ministers of War and State were escorted out of a side door followed by 5 under-secretaries. 

Oberst von Hubersen of the Leib Grenadiers looked to the Herzog and received a stern nod.  The Ministers were escorted one at a time to the post by the Oberst and each were secured to a post. The Oberst then offered each man a blindfold and both refused.  Another stern nod from the Herzog and Oberst von Hubersen announced in a strong loud voice, "You have been judged guilty of disobedience to direct orders from the Herzog in a time of war, lying directly to the Herzog causing harm to Harzburg's interest and aiding the enemy. Do you have any statement to make? The Ministers both began professing their innocence and pleading to the Herzog for mercy for past actions.

The Herzog sternly and loudly called out, "Enough of this dribble.  You have been found guilty of these egregious charges and there will be no reprieve. Your actions have stalled all operations when we had some advantage in direct opposition to my wishes and direct orders. I am showing you a leniency by not having you hanged where you could slowly strangle as you swing. Oberst von Hubersen, carry out my orders."

Oberst von Hubersen smartly came to attention and saluted the Herzog and upon receiving the Herzog's salute he began, "Firing squad assemble." Twelve Grenadiers marched before the Ministers and were formed into a line by their Sergeant. "Sergeant, load muskets."ordered the Oberst. The Sergeant barked the orders and led the men through the procedure of loading their muskets. With their muskets loaded, the men awaited their next order. "Squad attention!" barked the Oberst, as the men snapped smartly to attention. "Shoulder arms! Cock hammers!" the Oberst turned to the Herzog and received a stern nod. "May God have mercy upon your souls. Aim! Fire!" The Oberst walked over to the two slumped figures and delivered a coup de grâce to each in the head. 

He then turned to the squad and ordered them to return to their barracks then he strode over to the Herzog. After the Oberst came smartly to attention the Herzog began to speak, "Take the rest of the party back to their cells till I am ready to decide their fate. You may send all but the first company back to their usual duties.  I will require you to stay at my side for the time being, return once the regiment is dispersed."   As the Oberst went to carry out his orders, the Herzog began, "I am hereby appointing Heinrich von Kortig, as the new Minister of State and Gerbert von Reinhard, as the new Minister of War. I think that there needs be no doubt about the need not to hide facts from me in the future.  Undersecretaries you are dismissed and are to return to your duties.  Minister Gerissenheit, join me." The Herzog turned brusquely and headed to his office in the schloss. Minister Gerissenheit followed the Herzog wondering if the fate of the prisoners could be made to work for his Department.

Monday, September 27, 2010


By order of Herzog Fredrick William III the following is proclaimed,

Heinrich von Kortig, is appointed as the new Minister of State.
Gerbert von Reinhard, is appointed as the new Minister of War.

Brother James, of the augustinian monastery of Alt-Wittendorf, is awarded the Order of the Blue Bear.  Brother James is recognized for his tireless efforts and devotion to duty.  

The rabble gathering near Zwilling-Eichen are ordered to disperse at once or face the consequences of military action.  Their threat to the peace is intolerable and their presence is unwelcome.  To preserve the peace, strong actions will be taken.

 Fredrick William III
Herzog von Harzburg

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Thanks to David Linienblatt at Not By Appointment for his templates which I then modified for my units.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Harzburg dragoon examples

The two closest mounted figures are the officer and a trooper of one of Harzburgs Dragoons.

Here are the officer and a trooper of the other Harzburg Dragoons.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


With the digital camera broke I am unable to post pictures. Jay Stribling has asked to paint two squadrons of Harzburg Heavy Dragoons and has been given the mineatures. I am once again able to find painting time and the feild force is begining to take shape. Late October is the planned date for the first engagement south of Zwilling-Eichen between Harzburg and Schwabia.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I am back online with the new motherboard installed. I will be trying to catch up with postings.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Due to Doctors visits and computer breakdown I have been kept from posting.I hope to return soon with the installation of a new motherboard.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Painting update

Thalber's and Lowes Regiments

I wonder why they call them simi-FLATS

The officers of Lowe's and Thalber's show off their new blue coats

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tonights painting 7 APRIL

The Mounted Jaegers horses now have their brown coats. The Jaeger Corps is near completion. Just the artillery, 2 Dragoon squadrons and 12 companies of infantry.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jaeger Corps painting 2

The Mounted Jaegers received their black boots and belting. Their Horses will be painted tomorrow.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jaeger Corps painting 1

With new paint courtesy of Jay Stribling, the Jaegers paintin continues with the Corps receiving their blue turnbacks, collars and cuffs.

Mounted Jaeger squadron

some foot Jaegers

the Jaeger Corps