Sunday, January 10, 2010

Achtung! Humanitar Hilfsmittel Ansage!


"Attention! Humanitarian aid announced! Der Direktorat aus Herrschaden, which provides several nations with utterly impartial military-diplomatic assistance observation Direktors, announces the following aid program, to the war-wracked country of Lifonlia, during it's Civil War crisis...

...Lietung-Direktor Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz, with determination to end the undue suffering of the people in Lifonlia, as soon as possible, has authorized the immediate dispatch of the following:

- 1000 Herrschaden manufactured, model 1706, pattern Alpha-minus, 'Superior-Musket', with bayonets and all equipment to suit (cleaning kits, ammunition pouches, belts, slings etc).
- 60,000 rounds of ammunition to suit above.
- 500 heavy cavalry sabres, each with sharpening stones, scabbards and belts.
- 500 Dragoon carbines, model 1706, pattern Bravo-plus, complete similar to infantry muskets.
- 8 Medium calibre artillery pieces, complete with a full front-line load of ammunition and all other equipment required to function in the field, including horses and traces etc etc etc
- 400 varied rounds of artillery ammunition to suit the above cannon.

Furthermore, each side in this terrible conflict is to receive 50% each, of the above allocation of this hardware.

This demonstrates Herrschaden's committment to remain impartial in relation to this current foreign war. We say to the people of Lifonlia: "Enjoy your war - it wont last forever".

Direktor of Science and Technology
Walther Picklesturm,
Korrekt Authorization Code ID: OIIIIIIO 

Interview mit Unterdirektor Josepf Haltermann auf Lifonlia, again continued...


"The interview here transcribed demonstrates the severe nature of the fanaticism of The Ordo of The Bloodied Martyr. Herrschaden has incontrovertible evidence, that this sinister organization is active in several nations now current - with particular physical evidence in the case of The Lifonlian War of Succession"...

E: =How far did you ride forward of the village Herr Unterdirektor?=

H: "Herr Eye, well within the limits of my jurisdiction as clearly stated under Article 31, paragraph 16, point (h). It was not necessary to proceed any further, for at this location - a somewhat small piece of raised ground, yet with good view in all direktions - I personally verified the scouts report".

E: =And in summary Herr Unterdirektor?=

H: "I found a huddle of 7 living villagers, who had been forced to commit an act of self-flagellation. Another 12 had been crucified, with one of these still alive; 24 had been impaled, 8 of which were still shreiking in a most undirekted manner and upon investigation of a still smouldering ruin, of a building I can only describe as some place of superstitious worship, the remains of at least 50, who had been immolated alive. One of our forward scouts was at this juncture bought before me Herr Eye".

E: =Now in detail, Herr Unterdirektor=...

H: "Herr Eye, this man was a Lifonlian volunteer, who had been in the party to first discover the scene. In a moment of compassion, he had mercifully shot 2 of the still surviving impaled persons, before he had been direkted to do so. As these survivors had not been korrektly interviewed by myself, in accordance with Article 56, paragraph 13, point (v) and due to the convenience of hot coals from the extermination fire still smouldering, I had the man arrested, branded on the forhead with the Mark of The Eye of Knowledge and placed in custody, pending future service. On the spot I convened a field tribunal. All evidence was presented and I personally sentenced the man to 20 years service in the Liebregt."  

E: =Ah, the making of a true Direktor, Herr Unterdirektor, what happened next?=

H: "The articles are quite unambigious, Herr Eye. As the crucified and impaled villagers were of no use in interrogation, I ordered them shot. The 7 survivors were placed in custody with the remaining 40 from our original sweep. The defiant third man from my original interview, immediately replaced the former compassionate trooper and the remainder sent with escort to our relocation and protektion camp facility, some 25 miles distant. The village was then totally destroyed, to deny enemy usage. I am quite pleased to report Herr Eye, that of the 46 expatriated, 22 have survived to serve The Direktorat".

E: =Excellent Herr Unterdirektor, excellent. Your statement and personal actions concur with my own exact independent findings in the investigation of this incident. You are hereby promoted to Direktor forthwith. You will be posted to The Schwabian Leauge, with a company of Oebel Dragoons, I know the Ordo is active down there too. Guards! Remove the blindfold and release the Herr Direktor from the firing squad post - he's got a job to do......=

"This transcript has been released by Direktion of Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz, under Article 79, paragraph 28, point (g) and is korrektly authorized with Code ID: OIIIIIIIO........

......that is all, for the moment"...


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Interview mit Unterdirektor Josepf Haltermann auf Lifonlia, continued....


"The Undirekted may well be aware of rumours concerning the atroscious treatment of the Lifonlian citizenry in their current war. Der Direktorat aus Herrschaden provides only impartial military-diplomatic assistance to such peoples, whilst also offering them are far more direkted existence, on humanitarian grounds".....

E: =Herr Unterdirektor, what were your findings regarding the interviews of the prisioners?=

H: "Herr Eye, in brief, the following was determined. Troops matching descriptions of uniform worn only by The Ordo, had descended on this village some two days prior to our arrival. The name of the village was 'Kamaholak', which means 'Broken Ankle'. Of the approximately 250 inhabitants, 42 were coralled on our initial search and a further sweep procured some 93 more, mostly starving and fearful villagers. Once labor gangs had been assigned, a further 28 bodies were recovered from the village well. At this time, the fate of the remainder was unknown, though the survivors stated they had seen the remaining villagers force-marched from the area - along our exact line of march. On hearing of this, an extended patrol was immediately dispatched to follow this axis and investigate for further sign of enemy and, using village labor under immediate Direktion, the village itself was fortified"...

E: =Ah, very good, continue=

H: "Several hours later, a scout from our advanced patrol returned to report. I rode ahead to see in person the veracity of the scouts report  Herr Eye"...

(To be continued).....

Interview mit Unterdirektor Josepf Haltermann auf Lifonlia

"The undirekted should note the following interview conducted at Blitzenkruz, with then-Unterdirektor Josepf Haltermann, concerning an incident during the Lifonlian Civil War, also known as The War of Lifonlian Succession. This has been published, so all are aware of the grave danger posed by the fanatic Ecclesiarchs, of The Order of the Bloodied Martyr, in Langdouc."

...after the normal judiscious proceeding administration was conducted, in accordance with korrekt procedures, Ud Haltermann, gave the following statement, here transcribed...

E: =Herr Unterdirektor, can you enlighten us somewhat more on the circumstances surrounding your discovery of Ordo activities in Lifonlia?=

H: "Herr Eye, whilst on an advanced search for any military activity of note, my scouts came to report sign of human activity, some miles ahead of our main body. This was along an approach route to a potential watering point and crossing, during the summer. As we crested a minor rise in the ground, I could clearly see what was obviously, the remains of a local village, directly along our axis of advance and so across our front, with the crossing further beyond. There was smoke coming from the village, yet no obvious sign of life".

E: =What were your immediate thoughts?=

H: "To determine sign of any Ordo activity, Herr Eye".

E: =Go on=

H: "Herr Eye, Our artillery was brought forward to cover the main axis, whilst infantry companies moved to cordon the village, our Dragoons circled the village westward, to secure and investigate the water point and crossing. Within a short time another scout informed me, contact with a local civilian population had occurred. These were people who had fled from the village, to avoid some terrible fate".

E: =Ah, I see, your next action?=

H: "There were 42 accounted for civilians, these were immediatley placed in custody, whilst search groups were ordered into the village proper. Yet another scout informed me from the search group, 'No contact, Enemy sign'. At this point, we secured the village and placed it and all therein, under the Direktion of The Direktorat of Herrschaden, according to Article 27, paragraph 4, point (k) Herr Eye".

E: =Unterdirektor, I have read your more than extensive and detailed report on this operation, could you please summarize the more important points of note - including, especially, your own actions=

H: "Herr Eye, a small delegation of 3 leading men of the village, somewhat old and decrepid, asked to speak to myself. I consented to have their manacles removed and the first approached me. Due to our superior learning programs, I was naturally fluent in the local dialect...

.... this man abased himself before me, using such terms as 'My Lord!' and 'Dear God!', as though I was some sort of heredited noble - or a member of a misbegotten clergy. Naturally, I informed this despicable wretch of such prohibition under Article 27, paragraph 5, point (b) and shot him immediatley. The second began weeping uncontrollably - in a clearly undirekted manner no less - and I informed him of provisions under the same article. He stopped his purile public emotive display, then collapsed on his knees before me, beseeching me - as if I was some sort of 'saviour' or even 'divine being'! Without hesitation I drew my sword and decapitated the swine. The third man stood before me with a look of defiance on his face - I direkted he was to be taken back to the temporary shelter and along with the remaining refugees, fed and watered, to await further interview, whilst a complete, korrekt and thorough search of the village was conducted, in accordance with Authorization Code ID: OIIIIIIIO".....

(to be continued)...


Friday, January 8, 2010

Achtung! Ansage Nr.5


"By direktion of Lietung-Direktor Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz, the following shall be effected:

Dr. 1:  Unterdirektor Josepf Haltermann, after extensive and successful service on observation in Lifonlia, will return to Herrschaden, promoted to the board as Direktor aus Sudkonflikt. Direktor Haltermann will travel to The Schwabian League and represent Der Direktorat aus Herrschaden as military-diplomat. A company from the Oebel Dragoon regiment is Direkted to be activated as official escort.

Dr. 2:  Unterdirektor Hans Wagemueller, continuing service in Lifonlia, is promoted in the field, to the board, as a Direktor aus Frontlinieverteidigung and will continue in current service.

Dr. 3:  Direktor Hans Wagemueller, will now take full direktion of The Jowetski Brigade, which has been formally entered onto the scroll of Herrschaden activated formations.

Dr. 4:  Direktor aus Infanterie Heinrich Wurzen is to activate formations from Distrikt Banhalt.

Dr. 5:  Unterdirektor Walther Ansbach-Hoffen, is appointed Direktor aus Herrschaden, for excellent service in study at The great Monte-Criston librarius. Direktor Ansbach-Hoffen, will return from Monte-Cristo and fulfill the appointment to manage and direkt Public Health, Occupational Disorders, increased recruitment into Liebregt and the administration of Protektion Camps for displaced persons.

That is all, for the moment..."

Nelnieh Trebor, Direktor aus Informationen
Korrektly authorized, Code ID: OIIIIIIIO   

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Honorific Flags 3

(Translation continues):

"The final flag of currently known military formations in Herrschadener service, is of a unit unique in origin and steeped in deep historical significance. Headquartered in the Capital barracks at Blitzenkruz and only ever Direkted in person by Lietung-Direktor Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz, it is that of

The unit is often referred to as "The Immortals"
Although not a Herrschadener native, the unit was personally raised by it's Kommander Ingst Gunning during the time of the great upheaval. The Kommander had been a personal and close associated friend of Von Blitzenkruz for 32 years. His last and final battle was an epic struggle of Herculean proportions - beyond that anyone, (even the Direktors) - would have imagined any person could have endured. The unit was awarded the honorific KAMPFFREUND, in recognition of an action some 27 years previously, when Gunning and Von Blitzenkruz, isolated on a barren, open hilltop, charged downhill into a seemingly overwhelming number of enemy foot troops. It appeared a doomed and suicidal 'last mission', yet was crowned with success - the enemy utterly broken, routed from the field and run down.

Of all the magnificent flags flown and carried by Herrschadener units, Gunnings Horse Grenadier flag is the most symbologically iconic. There are three variations, as follows:

The original infantry sized flag carried by Gunnings personal troop.
The flag centrepiece shows a gallant Knight of a long-lost era, slaying an ancient and possibly mythical, but at least now extinct beast, some call a 'Dragon'.
The unit title 'GUNNING GRENADIERE ZU PFERDE' is displayed over the top and beneath, the Honorific 'KAMPFFREUND' (Battle-friend), below.
In opposite corners are displayed the Bursting Grenade and Hunting Hawk icons and centrally a blood-red Ritterkreuz.

The Variation Flag, also carried by the original unit shows all the same iconography, but in a reversed colour scheme, as displayed below:

The third flag also often carried by the unit is a latter-day addition, shown in the original, traditional colour pattern, is the cavalry-sized standard, shown below:

Of interest to note, is the golden fringe surrounding this variation, an added honour, which significantly, represents the 'Halo of Immortality', dedicated to the units original, but now deceased commander.
Thus the units unofficial sobriquet 'The Immortals'.

Dedicated to IG 250665 - 010110

The end of the beginning,
Without Limits,


Monday, January 4, 2010

Honorific Flags 2

(Translation continues):

"For service in the Lifonlian Civil War, many Herrschadeners enlisted in a special mixed-arms formation, initiated and led by Kevlar Jowetski. As Herrschaden is not formally involved in the conflict, two Unterdirektors - Josepf Haltermann and Hans Wagemueller - were posted to the troubled region to act as observers and of course, assist all  persons and protect Herrschaden State interests...

....the unit - principally an humanitarian aid formation - consists of a company of Dragoons, a section of light artillery and several cadre infantry companies. Many foreigners have enlisted in the unit, including dispossessed Lifonlians, themselves preferring Korrekt Direktion, to their anarchic, undirekted and previously miserable, wretched existence. The unit wears a grey uniform, with minor 'branch' colour distinctions - light blue for infantry, red for artillery and yellow for dragoons. The unit has been known as 'The Jowetski Legion', but is now considered 'Jowetski's Brigade', due to the influx of volunteers. It carries only the single colour, displayed below:

This flag displays selected iconography, representing many facets of the brigades homogenity.
Currently on independent service in Lifonlia.

R.I.P Kevin


Honorific Flags 1

(Translation continues):

"Badges, ranks, titles and all forms of awards and honours are bestowed on the so-called great personages amongst the undirekted. Herrschaden reserves honours for the whole - in these cases, special Honorific flags are bestowed on the chosen. One such bestowal recently concerns an incident in the lower reaches of The Eisenberg region, when the Artillerie Regimental Infanterie and gun batteries found themselves isolated by an incursion from elements of the VIth and XIIIth Legions, of The Ecclesiarchy Of the Ordo of the Bloodied Martyr of Langdouc.

Whilst Direktor Picklesturm was in Blitzenkruz, the Ecclesiarchs determined to launch an unprovoked assault against Herrschaden, through the Eisenberg. The Artillerie was being supervised by non other than one of the most hard fighting disciplinarian Direktors at the time - Von Stueben "Iron-Fist".

With many new recruits from the mines in training and a small cadre of Artillerie infantry, lighter and medium gun pieces on the flanks and heavier pieces firing from high ground overhead, Von Stueben led the Herrschadener force in an immediate assault - the first time in military history artillery had been used in such a manner. Guns were handled forward, fired, reloaded and forward again, all the while with the miner-recruits formed under the colours of the Artillerie Infanterie Regiment, counter-attacking to the front.

Von Stueben's assault was so ferocious, that the enemy legionnaries were thrown back in confusion 2 miles and cornered against a sheer cliff face. The enemy commander, wounded and dazed, sort a parley to end the carnage being inflicted on his remaining force, estimated still at over 2000 strong, of all arms.

By this time, the Herrschadeners had assaulted with foot and guns for more than 2 hours, over broken and open-area terrain, had little ammunition remaining and were within 50ft of the enemy. Receiving the parly request, Von Stueben - one of Herrschadens hardest Direktors - responded in the Korrekt manner with the worded commands: "FEURE UND STURM!" In an instant, the enemy were obliterated in a storm of shot and a final close-assault tore the remainder to pieces against the rock face.

A magnificent use of the Herrschadener artillery arm. As a result of this action, on personal request from Direktor Walther Picklesturm and accordingly authorized (Korrekt Authorization Code ID: OIIIIIIIO), by Lietung-Direktor Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz, the Artillery Regiment was awarded an Honorific Flag.

This flag depicts the field in artillerie trim color blue, with the crossed gun-barrels.
The yellow centre cross is a traditional symbol taken from the region's pre-Direkted history.
The central motif was awarded to the artillery as they fought as an "Iron-Fist", with the figures of miners representing the heritage from the region itself.
Beneath the cannon 'Die Eisen-Berge' battlehonour is displayed and beneath the Eye of Knowledge the honour title 'Eisene Faust'.

This standard is usually carried to an army GHQ and flown alongside the Army flag, but in recent times, the Artillerie Infanterie battalion has been granted the honour of carrying this flag as a third colour within the battalion, when required to assault enemy positions.

Foreign observers have noted that when the 'Iron-Fist' is unfurled, enemy formations have been known to flee in horror, for they know only too well what they are about to receive...



Sunday, January 3, 2010

Non-Regional Flags 1

(Translation continues):

Not all formations within Herrschaden are drawn exclusivley from a particular region (ie geographical Distrikt). Such units already displayed include the Liebgarde, Liebregt and Schwerstahl Grenadiers.

Recruited from anywhere within Herrschaden,  gun crews are trained to a heightened standard, clearly unequalled anywhere in the known, or indeed, the unknown world. Many such members are drawn from the somewhat recently acquired region known as the Eisenberg. A heavy, tough mountanious region, bordering on the south-west of Erbach and to the west of the Schwerwald. Just like the terrain, just like the people. very tough, very resilient, very strong - in short, the epitomy of all Herrschadeners. They also like things that make big noises - such as cannon.
Such then has been the voluntary influx into the artillery formations, that an overflow of recruits persuaded Direktor Walther Picklesturm to raise an infantry-organized unit to maintain them. The units particular role is to provide on-battlefield protection and replacement crews for casualities amongst the gun crews. Such was the enthusiasm for this experiment, that Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz authorized (code ID: OIIIIIIIO) the official formation of the Artillerie Infanterie Regiment. Shown below are the unit and national-regimental colours carried by this formation.

Of note is the crossed-cannon symbols displayed on the main-field of the battalion colour and also shown in the diagonally opposite corners on the reverse of the same flag. Also note that this unit is uniformed and trained as infantry, with the distinguishing trim colour Blue - the same as artillery crews.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Distrikt Unit Flags 6

(Translation continues):

Directly East from Schellenberg and running north-south along the east bank of the Oesterfluss lies the highly strategic Distrikt of Oesterschaden. A dark and brooding region, with a climate and indigenous population to match. Open, windy, cold and unforgiving, to date this Distrikt has no eastern border. This Distrikt is Direkted by Direktorix Katarin Lahmia and provides a superbly drilled Light Horse Regiment. Naturally brilliant scouts, this regiment exists almost exclusivley on an advanced-warning operational footing and specializes in reconnaissance and raids, most especially under nocturnal conditions. The light-cavalry guidon displayed shows the Distrikt unit colour purple and the motto SCHNELL UND SICHER - SWIFT AND CERTAIN. 

Of note are the bone fragment symbols shown at centre, top and bottom of the standard.


Distrikt Unit Flags 5

(Translation continues):

Bordering to the North of Schellenberg and East of Banhalt, wedged along the Oesterfluss and close to the Baltsee is Distrikt Ostbanhalt. Once suitably Direkted this region has provided the Direktorat with full riverine capability and has recently begun maritime operations training. Ostbanhalt also provides two battalions of such trained infantry, with further scope to recruit a ships crew for the Direktorats first ocean-going  Battlecruiser (_____+_-_______) - note: name/further information deleted/unavailable at this time, by order of Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz, authorization code ID: OIIIIIIIO...

...displayed below are the battalion and national-regimental flags from this Distrikt. The distinguishing colour is Buff and the motto KEIN RUCKZUG - NO RETREAT.

 Note the unique Navigators Wheel symbol displayed in diagonally opposite corners of the battalion flags.


Distrikt Unit Flags 4

(Translation continues):

South of Schellenberg and South-East of Erbach, lies Distrikt Oebel. A heavily wooded region, deeply ensconsed within the Schwerwald, Oebel is home to a mark of hardy people, with great tracking and hunting skills. As this Distrikt borders on Schellenberg and the people no strangers to many varieties of domesticated and wild animals, the Direktors authorized the formation of a unit of mounted jaegar, also known in parlance as Dragoons. Not a battlefield cavalry, but a professional hunting infantry, mounted on smaller horses for rapid movement and insertion actions. In keeping with the Distrikts woodland origins combat role, the distinguishing colour is Green and the motto ERGREIFEN UND HALTEN - SEIZE AND HOLD.

Note the bugle-horn symbology displayed in diagonally opposite corners of this units guidon-style standard.


Distrikt Unit Flags 3

(Translation continues):

To the east of Banhalt and Erbach is the open region of Schellenberg. Bordering on the Oesterfluss, Schellenberg is open, prime cavalry country - a fact not overlooked by Direktor Rupert de Perignon, who administers this region and also (somewhat brilliantly) initiated an animal and especially cavalry-horse specific husbandry program. Schellenberg provides the Direktorat with superb numbers of highly experienced heavy cavalry, traditionally a single very large regiment, though there has been support on the board of Direktors, to raise extra cavalry units from this region. Shown below is the standard carried by the Schellenberg Heavy Horse, with the motto IMMER DURCH - ALWAYS THROUGH. The Distrikt distinguishing colour is Golden Yellow.


Distrikt Unit Flags 2

(Translation continues):

Following on from Distrikt Banhalt is Distrikt Erbach. Bordering Banhalt to the strategic south-west and now also incorporating the Eisenberg region, administered direktly by Direktor Walther Picklesturm...

...Erbach, not as geographically large as Banhalt and containing some reasonably open-area terrain, currently deploys 3 infantry battalions and a regiment of heavy cavalry. A region of integrated military traditions, Erbach formations are distinguished with the Distrikt colour Red. These units display the Distrikt motto ROLLENDONNER - ROLLING THUNDER.

Above are shown the flags of the Distrikts 3 infantry battalions and below, the cavalry standard of this Distrikts heavy horse regiment.


Distrikt Unit Flags 1

(Translation continues):

The Directorate of Herrschaden is divided into many districts. For non-Herrschadeners, this concept of division is often difficult  to understand. Distrikts are also known as regions (where geographical) or Direktorships (where administrative). A Distrikt can be both a region and a direktorship and to add into the mix, an Uberdirekorenschelle and/or Unterdirektorenschelle. Military formations are drawn from each Distrikt and named by the Distrikt, with additional numerics to differentiate the formations. Each Distrikt is distinguished by it's own trim, or facing/detail colour. This colour is worn on the uniform cuff and is also displayed as the base field colour of a Distrikt unit. As all uniforms material is supplied centrally and of the same dark blue material, each distrikt is responsible only for application of uniform trim-distinction colours.
Regions within Herrschaden have been defined along perfectly determined geography, as organized by Direktor Walther Picklesturm and of course fully authorized by Managing Direktor Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz (authority code ID: OIIIIIIIO).
*It is vital to note for the undirected, that ALL distrikts within Herrschaden are of equal status, as are all units recruited from within any one distrikt. Numerics are used purely for administrative purposes and thus a '1st Battalion' does not indicate that such a unit is in any way 'senior' or 'superior' to, for example a '4th Battalion' from the same or any other distrikt... 

This series of 'Distrikt Unit Flags', shows the various flags of units formed from within each such region and begins with Distrikt Banhalt....

.....Banhalt,  this Distrikt is the most populous and North-Westerly region within Herrschaden. From here are drawn the bulk of infantry. There are currently 4 battalions on service with the Banhalt Regiment. This Distrikt displays a trim colour of Pale Yellow. The following image shows the flags carried by all these battalions - a battalion/unit (or Distrikt) colour carried on the left of facing and each unit national/regimental colour carried on the right of facing, as follows:

The Regimental motto is MARZ ZUM ENDE - MARCH TO THE END.
The distrikt field colour and battalion numeric is also shown in the scroll on one side of the national-regimental flag. Each unit flag also displays the Distrikt name and unit numeric.


Premier Unit Flags 2

(Translation continues):

Unlike most non-direkted military forces, Herrschaden infantry units do not contain integrated specialized elite companies, which are imposed in a clearly undireked and - anathema to any Herrschadener - an ad hoc manner. In Herrschaden, such an elite is concentrated in the formation Schwerstahl Grenadier Regiment. The heavy metal infantry. Entry into this magnificent regiment follows very strict criteria and is of course voluntary. Survivors of close-infantry assaults from any infantry unit may be encouraged to enlist, once, of course their wounds have healed and any prosthetics have been properly amalgamated to them.
Often conducted under dark, or heavily inclement weather conditions and preceded by a storm of hand-thrown or musket-launched bomb-grenades, an attack once launched by the grenadiers is fearsome, brutal, devoid of mercy and utterly effective. Their motto is BIS TOD UNS TRENNT - that is to say,
TILL DEATH US DO PART. There are currently two battalions of Grenadiers. Both wear black trim and facing distinctions, with the first battalion distinguished with gold/yellow metal variations and the second battalion with silver/white metal variations.

The images above show (top) from left, 1st battalion unit and on top right national-regimental.
Bottom left 2nd battalion unit and to the bottom right national-regimental.
Distinction is of course the bursting grenade emblem on the unit flags, which also show the battalion variation colour in the corners and like the national-regimental, the battalion numeric.


Premier Unit Flags 1

(Translation continues):

The premium and most directed units in the armed forces of Herrschaden are the Liebgarde Kuirassier and Liebregt Sturminfanterieabteilung. Unlike such similar formations in non-directed military forces, these units are rarely 'husbanded' or 'reserved' to issue a so-called 'coup-de-main'. Such thought is not part of the process in the mind of a Herrschaden Direktor. These assets are used first and foremost and with utter disdain for any such weaknesses in calculation, such as casualities.

The above image on the left shows the front and on the right, the rear, of the vexillum style banner carried by the Liebgarde Kuirassier regiment. The vexillum field shows the unit detail colour - white. They well and truly earn their title motto 'EISEN-SCHUTZ': encased in iron and riding the heaviest and finest cavalry mounts from Herrschaden, they are a greatly feared shock-cavalry formation - they are the IRON PROTECTION of the Direktorat.

The image shown below left is the battalion flag carried by the Shock-Infantry Life Regiment.
They take the motto 'FUR DAS LEBEN' (FOR LIFE) quite literally, to the grave. The image on the right shows this units national-regimental colour. Note that as with all Herrschaden infantry formations, the unit flag is carried on the left of facing, whilst the national-regimental is carried on the right of facing. The field of the unit flag shows the units detail (or trim/facing) colour, which is also duplicated on the scroll on one side of the national-regimental colour, in this case, like the Liebgarde, white.


Civil and Military National Flags

(Translation as follows):

"Continuing on with the series of public display of Herrschaden Flags, as duly authorized by Managing Director Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz himself, with korrekt authority code ID: OIIIIIIIO, we show the following":

The National Civil Flag (above)- Direktorat aus Herrschaden flag with Golden Fringe. This flag is flown on all major civil buildings, such as post offices and taverns. It differs from The First Flag, in that there is no pyramid, the letter 'D' for Direktorat is in the centre, the undecipherable codex is presented in the red centre, both sides of the flag are identical and of course is fringed with gold. Only ever carried in the field by units of Volkschaden, as such units do not have battalion or national-regimental flags.
The golden fringe represents the all-encompassing light of Direktorenschelle - an essential ingredient in the life-force of all Herrschadeners.

The National Military Flag (below) - Direktorat aus Herrschaden flag. Also commonly known as 'the army flag'. Used on all military installations and carried into the field with GHQ. Identical to the civil flag shown previously, but obviously, minus the fringe.



The First Flag

(Translation as follows):
Non-Direkted readers note - "the following series of flags and their heraldric art display have been authorized for public view by Managing-Director Otto Schwarz von Blitzenkruz. Information contained is edited where appropriate, as it may contain startling truths, unsavoury to the non-Herrschadener. On behalf of The Directorship, Herrschaden wishes to pass on great thanks, and a lifetime commission into the Liebregt to the following (currently) undirekted enthusiasts:

The Curator of the Great Library in Monte-Cristo, by Lace Wars
David Linienblatt, of NOT BY APPOINTMENT

And now: The First Flag

The flag of Blitzenkruz. Sometimes known as "The Big B" flag. Displays the all encompassing imagery now used universially on Herrschaden National civil and military flags. The main unique difference, is of course the letter 'B' (for Blitzenkruz) in the centre, the year '1706' on the pyramid and undecipherable codex surrounding the edge. Image shows both sides of the flag, with red centre.
This flag is flown at the capital and is only taken into the field, when the Managing Director himself is present in person. It may then be carried by a unit so awarded the honour, or, more usually, carried by a mounted officer of the Direktors staff.
The motto 'Immer Voran', is taken from the last words spoken by original Blitzenkruz family primogenitor Kurt Scharnhorst von Blitzenkruz, who managed to get himself killed in action during a turbulent period dated sometime during the 1300's.