Our line infantry regiment will guide you on your journey to become a disciplined and skilled Fusilier and as our Infantry Detachment is an expert in melee, you'll learn to swipe foes aside carrying out effective formations in a swift & efficient manner. Showing unprecedented accuracy and great strength in melee we are a great challenge to anyone who we encounter. We rarely back off from a fight and often start them ourselves. Despite our intimidation and strength, we are nonetheless a friendly group who enjoy gaming and hanging around. So don't be afraid to join the group, and definitely don't scare off of hanging out with us!
History of the Regiment
In total there were more than 60 Infantry regiments within the Imperial and Royal army of Austria. The Nr57 was a 'German' unit, comprised and recruited mainly of Bohemian infantrymen. They weren't officially German, because of the location being the contemporary Czech Republic, but were under jurisdiction of the German speaking part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Therefore the main instated language was that of German, but factually very little of their members spoke German, and only a few of the officers and NCOs which lead the troops had an adequate grasp on the German language. Nonetheless, the Nr57 as German Fusiliers, being considered the elite of the Austro-Hungarian infantry, despite the language issues, were considered a crucial part of the army and were not afraid to show their strength on the battlefield. The Germans were moreover known for their unprecedented accuracy and their morale and discipline in battle. They were some of the few elite units in the Napeolonic Era who knew how to apply (and hold) the cavalry square, without losing faith or routing, for a long time.
History of the Uniform
Colours of the Nr57:
The Austrian infantrymen wore the simplest uniforms during the Napoleonic era in Europe. It was comprised of a white outfit, and the only colouring which would identify the origin and number of the regiment, was a colouring of the collars and arm-facings, along with part of the inside of the jacket being coloured in the regimental colours. To show that the unit was of a 'German' origin, the breeches (trousers) were also coloured white, contrary to the Hungarian units, which wore sky blue breeches, with golden insignia. The original design for the uniforms (except for the colours) was adopted from the British uniforms, which shared in their simplicity, back at the beginning of the 19th century. The hat which the infantry wore was a simple shako, copied off the then existent military norm. Prior to 1807 (approx.) the larger part of the army would wear a cap, similair to the cuirassier helmets, which the Infantry got rid of around 1808 but remained the standard wear for the cuirassier units.
The officers of the German Fusiliers would share the same clothing, but would not carry a backpack and often had a different colour to make them easier to spot. They would carry a black outfit, breeches and jacket, with the same colours of the regiment as the enlisted, on their facings and collar.
The Austrio-Hungarian infantry would often carry no more than a standard bayonet rifle, occasionaly accompanied by a sabre briquet. However it would sometimes occur that German Fusilier units would show up without a bayonet attached to their rifle, as it made their accuracy better and allowed for more agile movement.
The officers wore nothing more than a pistol and a standard line-infantry-officer sword.
Officers of the N°57