Fall of Romania
Major - Mjr
Hauptmann - Hptm
Oberleutnant - OLt
Leutnant - Lt
Hauptfeldwebel - HFdw
Feldwebel - Fdw
Korporal - Kpl
Gefreiter - Gfr
Ober-Jäger - OJgr
Jäger - Jgr
Soldat - Sdt
Rekrut - Rkt
This regiment is the IE continuation of NW's 60th Royal American rifles. As so we will keep the same command, same traditions and same ideals in this regiment. In game we will mostly play as the German faction, most likely as ordinary riflemen.
History of the Regiment and the Alpenkorps
The Alpenkorps was the German responce to the French Chasseurs d'Alpins whom they had fought in the Vosges mountains in 1914. The elite French mountain troops made a staunch impression on the Germans as they had a very hard time disloging them from the high mountain peaks. Thus the Alpenkorps was formed; it was a division sized unit with 2 Brigades of 2 regiments each. The soldiers of the Alpenkorps were Bavarian mountaineers who had a lot of experience with mountaineering, and traditional Prussian Jagers who were masters of light infantry and small unit tactics. The Alpenkorps quickly gained a reputation of being an elite formation, and was considered by the allies to probably be the best division sized formation in the entire German army. Probably the most travelled formation as well, seeing action on all fronts in Europe.
The Alpenkorps first saw action when the Italian Front opened with Italy's declaration of war. The Alpenkorps was still forming when it was rushed to the Dolomite mountains to aid the Austrian Kaiserschützen to hold the line against the Italians. The battles up in the high mountains were very demanding from the soldiers, supplies were always short and the enemy always present. Attacking up mountains proved fruitless to the Italians, who then resorted to placing explosives inside the mountains in an attempt to dislodge the brave Alpenjägers. After four months of fighting in the mountains, the Austrians were finally able to move enough troops into the front to hold the line by themselves, thus the Alpenkorps was sent to France. The Austrians granted the German soldiers the Edelweiss, a symbol still used today in the modern Gebirgsjäger.
After less than a week at the front in France, the Alpenkorps service was needed in the Balkans campaign against Serbia. The Alpenkorps and other German troops were sent to the Balkan front as a result of the frustrations of the German High Command. The Austrians were unable to defeat the Serbs, and the Germans desperately needed a rail link between them and the Ottomans to supply them with weapons and ammunition. The terrain in Serbia was suited for the German Alpenjägers, as it was mountainous and hard to traverse, but that posed no difficulty to the Germans as they were used to that type of terrain. With the entrance of Bulgaria in the war, and with the help of the Alpenkorps, the Austrians were finally able to defeat the Serbs.
The bloodbath at Verdun
After the Balkans campaign, the Alpenkorps was thrown into the meat-grinder at Verdun. The Alpenjägers were placed in the line around Fort Vaux, one of the bloodiest sections, where they were instantly pressed into bloody attacks onto French positions at Fleury and Souville. The exertions of the Alpenkorps can be seen in their casualty figures, as over 70% of the soldiers became wounded, missing or killed. The Alpenkorps left the line in July 1916 as it seized to exist as a combat efficient formation, it spent a month resting, refitting and reforming. The bloodied veterans of Verdun were easily recognisable next to the new replacements.
Romania decided to enter the war on the allied side in June 1916, the Alpenkorps was shifted to this new point of the Eastern Front in August. The Alpenkorps subsequently fought in the mountains of Transylvania and pushed their way to Bucharest. However during the offensive the Alpenkorps lost a great member, namely Prince Heinrich of Bavaria
, however the Romanian campaign was a success. The Romanians only held Bessarabia and the longer front now put even more strain on the Russians who were forced to aid the Romanians. Peace between both nations was concluded at Brest-Litovsk in 1918, but the Alpenkorps had been dispatched to Italy already in July 1917.
Caporetto and the end of the Great War
The great Caporetto offensive was launched in the autumn of 1917, with Austrian and German soldiers pushing the Italians to a breaking point. The Germans and Austrians gained large swathes of terriotory until the offensive lost steam and was halted by the Italians. During the Caporetto offensive, two future Fieldmarshals would distinguish themselves; The famous Desert Fox Erwin Rommel and perhaps the lesser known Ferdinand Schörner.
After Caporetto the Alpenkorps was sent back to France to participate in the final offensive, Operation St. Micheal, better known as the Spring Offensive. It fought at Lys in April, but as the Germans were halted and forced back it fought at Picardy during the Allied Hundred Days offensive. The Great war ended November 11th, 1918.
| I. Kompanie|
Major Peter Broetz
Non Commissioned Officers
Ober-Jäger Rifleman Emilio
Ober-Jäger Rifleman Shorty
Ober-Jäger Rifleman Zaius "Pedobear" Bastonne
Jäger Hasdrubal Barca
Jäger Jack Bastonne
Jäger Willie Johnson
Jäger Potato MacFamine