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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Map of Hesse Seewald in Central Germania Theatre of War

Hesse Seeewald in the central Germanian theatre of war.

We are pleased to announce that our most righteous royal sovereign, King Georg Ludwig II, has commissioned a recent drawing of a map depicting the location of the Kingdom of Hesse Seewald in central Germania. The highly respected cartographer,  Jakob Birkenbeil & Sons, accepted the commission and has presented the map included with this report.

The Key Players in the Final Arguement of Kings
A perusal of the map highlights the Kingdom of Hesse Seewald in green, the vile Duchy of Saxony in red and the contested territory of the Grand Duchy of Altenburg in purple. Other countries of note include Prussia in blue, Bohemia in brown-orange and the latter's ally, the Bishopric of Wurzburg also in brown-orange.

Allies of Hesse Seewald include the Duchies of Hesse Kassel, Hanover and Brunswick and the Principality of Anhalt.

The Saxons can count on Bohemia and Wurzburg as committed allies with the Kingdom of Bavaria leaning in their direction.

The neutral lands include the duchies of Anspach, Bayreuth, Mecklinburg and Lippe. Poland, of course, is a failed state that aligns with whichever army happens to be passing through it (usually the Russians).

The Grand Duchy of Altenburg is a contested land with both Saxony and Hesse Seewald claiming its ownership. It is a long and complicated story that dates back to the 14th Century and it is one that will have to be told on another day.

Brief Potted History of the Region
The territories of Anhalt, Altenburg, Bayreuth, Coburg are the "Saxon Duchies" over which many a war has been fought by Hesse Seewald and Saxony. In the most recent round of this decades long struggle, the Saxons invaded Altenburg in 1740 thereby setting off the gunpowder for the War of the Saxon Duchies. In 1742, the Hesse Seewald army marched into Altenburg to "rescue" the Grand Duchy from the unhappy grip of Saxony. A brief war lasted until 1744 when both sides agreed to a truce called the Treaty of Naumburg,  that called for a withdrawal of both armies from Altenburg. A codicile of the treaty was Saxon recognition of Hesse Seewald's acquisition of the Duchy of Saxe Coburg in 1735.

The Saxons had a great deal of incentive to end the conflict on their western border, for in 1745 they would make the unwise decision to abandon their alliance with the King of Prussia and join the Austrians in the Second Silesian War (1744 - 1745). The Saxons were crushed by the Prussians at the battle of Hohenfriedberg in 1745 and ended the year with two more losses in December of that year at Hennersdorf and Kesselsdorf.

The demise of Saxon fortunes in 1745 swung the pendulum in Hesse Seewald's favor, which has used the peace to increase its influence over the politics of Altenburg. There are some who believe that Georg Ludwig should take advantage of the current weakness in the Saxon state and outright annex the Grand Duchy of Altenburg.

Ever mindful of the impact that another war could have in this part of central Germania, diplomats from both Berlin and Vienna have been doing there best to keep Hesse Seewald and Saxony from resuming hostilities.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Garrison Regiment Beck

Garrison Regiment Beck

I had forgotten to show pictures of the most recent addition to the Hesse Seewald Heer: the Garrison I Battalion Beck. They are a snappy looking regiment clad in all green uniforms. The grenadier company is detached on permanent duty with the Grenadier Battalion Rochling.

Russian merceneries are assembling to enter service of the Duke of Saxony.

Oh dear, it's been two years since I posted a blog entry on the Kingdom of Hesse Seewald blog. It's not that I haven't been active, it's just that more of my efforts have been devoted to my other blog, Der Alte Fritz Journal. I am sure that most of the readers of this blog are following me on the Der Alte Fritz Journal.

There is some bad news for Hesse Seewald: the vile Saxons are recruiting mercenaries from Russia, and Koenig Georg is a bit concerned about this development:

New Minden SYW Russian Observation Corps Grenadier Command.

New Minden SYW Observation Corps Grenadiers.

Fear not though, Hesse Seewald is always on my mind and I plan to fill out several infantry regiments and finished the HS Garde du Corps.

There's more to come this Summer. I promise.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Greetings From Hesse Seewald

The Elector Georg Ludwig II (self styled King of Hesse Seewald) and his family wish everyone a happy and prosperus New Year on 2017. The Elector regrets the lack of news reported from his country in 2016, but this is more a function of the Phony War that existed between Hesse Seewald and Saxony.
DR3 - the Hesse Seewald Corps of Guides travels through the town of Grunwald on its way to Trentonburg on Christmas Eve (the figures are Fife & Drum AWI British 16th Light Dragoon figures painted in HS livery).

The year ended with a victory over the Saxons at Trentonburg on Christmas Eve and represented the first blooding of the Hesse Seewald army, commanded by the Erbprinz Friedrich. A parade in his honor is being organized in the capital city of Gotha early in the New Year.

Georg Ludwig is planning an expansion of his army in 2017, notably the addition of more cavalry, and the increase of one company per regiment in the infantry. This will enable the army to detach the grenadier companies and converge them into two grenadier battalions, while maintaining the 30-figure complement in the musketeer regiments.

Concurrently, there are rumors that Saxony will rebuild its depleted army so that it no longer has to rely on the Austrians for infantry in its battles.

Stay tuned for more information postings in 2017 as the war between Hesse Seewald and Saxony heats up.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Battle of Trentonburg

Battle of Trentonburg Click Pix to enlarge.

Please check out the Battle of Trentonburg fought on Christmas Eve, posted on my Der Alte Fritz Journal blog.

Der Alte Fritz Journal Blog

This is the very first battle fought by the Hesse Seewald army and they won a moderate victory over the Saxons, who were in Winter quarters in the quiet little town of Trentonburg.

2017 will see the addition of Hesse Seewald cavalry which is needed to fend off the forces of evil Saxony.

CR1 Garde du Corps
CR2 Wittman Cuirassiers
CR3 Hammerstein Cuirassiers

DR1 Munchausen Dragoons
DR2 Buddenbrock Dragoons
DR3 Corps of Guides (Light Dragoons) - add a second squadron

HR1 von Hetzer Hussars

Thursday, June 2, 2016

AWI Hessians Have Arrived in Hesse Seewald

The new Fife & Drum American Revolution Hessians are arriving today from Griffin Moulds. The musketeers and grenadiers wear gaitors so they can conceivably be used for SYW Prussians, Brunswickers and Wurttemburg troops as well.

I will post pictures on my various blogs over the weekend.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Garrison Regiment von Beck Reporting For Duty

Garrison Regiment No. 1, von Beck

The first four companies of the Garrison Regiment No. 1 von Beck were completed over the weekend and partially based. I have to dry brush the stands with a light tan and then add Silfor Tufts and Static Grass to complete the basing.

The von Beck regiment is the seventh Hesse Seewald regiment that I have painted so far (eight, if I count the von Arnim regiment which is actually a Faux Russian regiment).

There will be an announcement soon about a treaty between Hesse Seewald and Hanover, in which the latter has agreed to provide several regiments of mercenaries to the Hesse Seewald army. There will be a stipulation that the Hanoverians may only serve in Hesse Seewald and may not be used in any territory outside of Hesse Seewald. As such, the Hanoverian mercenaries will be used primarily to provide protection for the Homeland while the regular army is out on campaign.