Colonel Otto Dorfstätter – an obituary

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Colonel Otto Dorfstätter, Colonel of the Cavalry and Honorary President and longtime commander of the Dragoon Regiment No. 3, was redeemed at the age of 73 after a long and serious illness and convened to the Grand Army.

As a former regimental commandant-deputy and co-founder of the Dragoon Regiment No. 3, he took over after the unexpected death of regimental owner Herbert Fallwick, in the hardest hours of the regiment, with a handful of idealists, the fortunes of the regiment.

From February 1995 to October 2015, in his capacity as President and Commander of the DR 3, he distinguished himself above all through prudence, accuracy but also through tolerance and humanity.

Colonel Otto Dorfstätter was at this time leading member of the Presidium of the Austrian Cavalry Association and the Union of The European Historical Military Groups. His stamina and consistency may be a role model for all of us.

In order that the hours and years of his life were not lived out in vain for our common history and cavalry tradition, I, Hans Günter Ebetshuber, see it as an obligation to preserve the tradition in his spirit and to continue it. We should continue to raise awareness of the equestrian splendor of the monarchy out of the museum, and continue the living tradition and history of the ancient cavalry with pride and self-confidence.

Our sincere condolences are to his wife and son, who always stood behind him with love and understanding. We have lost a friend and comrade whose joy of living and dynamism inspired us – you will always be in our hearts and in our midst.

Montur & Pulverdampf 2019

On the 13th and 14th of July 2019 the big event “Montur & Pulverdampf” took place in the Museum of Military History in Vienna. A brief battle presentation of the “Deutschmeister Schützenkorps” with the support of the RAD2 went very well to the public. The UEHMG was represented by the adjutant Obst iTR Pritz, KzlOffz Schlosser, Archivist Ptak, the already mentioned above, the Lützower artillery and by visits of the LdwUR6, DR Pejacevic, IR99 on the two days.

Imperial Festival in Baden near Vienna

In the beautiful city of Baden, the Imperial Festival took again place on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2019. The imperial city attracted many delegations of k.u.k. traditional associations for the common march through the city. The whole ceremony was musically accompanied with the sounds of the k.u.k. Wiener Regimentskapelle IR 4 Hoch- und Deutschmeister.

The President of the UEHMG Major General iTR Michael Blaha had the honor and pleasure of escorting IKKH Camilla of Habsburg, who, together with the local political representatives, cut the front and opened the Imperial Festival. Mjr iTR Christian Pock – as operator of the first-class crownland restaurant “Otto-Wagner-Schützenhaus” himself deeply in the k.u.k. Tradition involved – was used for the first time on behalf of the General Adjutancy.

With over 30 degrees summer temperatures, a concert of the regimental chapel with a cozy glass in the park was allowed to be enjoyed after the official ceremony.

Photos: Martin Keller

New ancients for Glasenapp hussars

At the time of Friederich the Great, each infantry regiment had a few regimental flags and a body flag. In the cavalry it was the same, but the flags (ancients) were much smaller and mostly not painted but embroidered. But not all regular Hussar regiments had ancients. Most Free Hussars had no ancients at all.

And even though the free-regiment Hussars von Glasenapp did not lead an ancient at the time, the regiment let paint Colonel Wolfgang Peter a Red Regiment (Eskadron) ancient and a White Life ancient. The body flag had the reverse colors of Eskadron’s ancient. So a white flag with a red heart.

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the two ancients were ready and the regiment could start to beat the silver nails in the garrison lock Holtmühle. Present were also her friends “The Voormalige Regiment Cavalarie” from Venlo and Feldscher Major Dr. Beurskens.

The silver nails were made and donated by Goldschmidt Boermans from Venlo. The hammering was done with great care by his Excellency General Major L. Noordzij and Chief Mayor Scholten von Gross Venlo. Each ancient received two silver nails.

After this ceremony, Major Rik Poeth commanded two new recruits – Husar Winkelman and Husar Ramaekers – forward for the oath of allegiance. The two new hussars vowed to God and the witnesses present, Generals Major Noordzij, Chief Mayor Scholten and the mother of the company Baroness von der Heijden, the flag loyalty.

After a salute, the regiments and the guests of honor marched into the castle. Here Colonel Poeth thanked General Major Noordzij and Mayor Scholten and handed over a seal of approval. He then thanked the guests and hussars with the traditional Glasenapp liqueur.

Patron General Noordzij congratulated the two new hussars and explained the importance of the ancients. At that time, it served not only as a recognition, (one knew where the regiment was and also the chief or prince) but it had a symbolic meaning. The oath made a vow, respect and reverence. He concluded with the memorable words: “The flag is the clock under which shadow the regiment lives, triumphs or dies. It is the union point under which the regiment goes into battle and under which it can carry the victory. “

The General donated some delicious glasses of beer and brought out a toast to the Hussars Regiment of Glasenapp. The regiment should be proud of its ancients.

The hammering of the silver nails was the first part of the ceremony. The ancients should be blessed, as the tradition demands. On Sunday, 3 February 2019, the Glasenapp Hussars moved from their garrison town of Château Holtmühle to Maastricht. The field preacher Major Dautzenberg from Tegelen had been given an important position in Maastricht. So the Hussars went to the Sint Servaas Basilica in Maastricht for the blessing of the flag.

All the Dutch associations of the Union of the European Historical Military Groups were present, while the field preacher blessed the ancients: the Maastricht Brigade, the Voormalige Regiment Kavallerie and of course the Hussars of Glasenapp. After the mass, the regiments lined up in front of the church and the Glasenapp hussars fired a commemorative shot in memory.

The regiment prides itself on its two ancients and will honor them for every reenactment battle.

Report: Colonel F.W.M. Poeth
Photos: Nanette Ramaekers-Ubben and Maud van Dooren-Blok

National meeting in Wr. Neustadt

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, the state meeting of the UEHMG groups Burgenland, Lower Austria and Vienna took place in Wiener Neustadt.

In addition to a ceremony on the main square and in the city park, a field mass was held in the courtyard of the military academy. The musical design of the mass held by military superior Stefan Gugerel was taken over by the k.u.k. Vienna regimental chapel of the infantry regiment no. 4th.

Numerous historical military groups in their traditional uniforms – from civil corps to hussars, dragoons and artillerists – made a colorful picture. For the UEHMG, President GenMjr iTR Michael Blaha took part in the ceremony on the main square and subsequently enjoyed the Maximilian Beer, specially provided for this event.

European Shooting Championship

The UEWHG “Union of the European Historical Military Groups”, a European umbrella organisation with over 85 different member associations from 14 countries, hosted the European Shooting Championships. This major event took place on 15th June at the shooting range in Mistelbach in Lower Austria. The Kremser Traditionsschützenkorps of the former Infanterieregiment No. 84 was commissioned with the organisation and implementation.

At the competition it was possible to compete in 10 different shooting categories. It was possible to measure your performance in an international environment. Visitors from 10 nations took part, among them Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Holland, Croatia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary.

You could participate with small caliber and large caliber, over 100 years old ordnance rifles, modern semi-automatic machines and with revolver and pistol.

After intensive preparations the competition ran at full speed, many participants came from half of Europe. A total of 70 trophies were awarded. These cups are custom-made and bear the UEHMG coat of arms.

At the award ceremony the Ukrainian defence attaché Colonel Andriy Tkachuk and the colonel of the cavalry Friedrich Gappmayr, representing the president of the UEHMG, Major General iTR Michael Blaha, presented the trophies. As representative of the provincial association for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, Captain iTR Alfred Wurmauer congratulated the winners.

The largest foreign team was the reservist comradeship Hesborn, which arrived with 6 men over 1,000 kilometers.

The result was impressive, all three first places went to the IR84 from Krems: The eightfold national champion Rüdiger Gruber (IR84) could get his sixteenth European champion title, the second and third place also went to the Kremser Schützenkorps: Dominik Scholz (IR84) won another title and Michael Kleinböck (IR84) could secure the second place at his first participation in a European championship.

In addition, a tombola with high quality prizes provided great joy for the lucky winners, who drew the right lot. More photos and reports about the European Championship can be found on www.ir84.at.

26th “Marchfelder Schlösserritt”

Castle ride in the footsteps of the Marchfelder Habsburg dynasty under the patronage of BM a.D. Dr. Werner Fasslabend and under the seal “Sub Auspiciis” Karl von Habsburg.

The 26th Marchfelder Schlösserritt took place from May 30 to June 2, 2019, in cooperation with Mag. Klaus Panholzer, Managing Director of Schloss Schönbrunn Betriebs- und Kulturges.mbH, the division managers of Schloss Hof Mrs. Mag. Katharina Tschann and her deputy Lukas Svoboda, the communities, the federal forests and the regional hunters.

The opening again took place on Thursday in the Orangerie in Schlosshof. Numerous participants, helpers and guests of honor were welcomed by the organiser H. G. Ebetshuber. Mayor Josef Reiter from Engelhartstetten as well as the president of the Austrian Cavalry Association Colonel Franz Prandstätter honored the long-term commitment of the tradition Dragoon Regiment No. 3 in their speeches. After that, Elke Schwarz was awarded the Silver St. George’s Order for her tireless work and many years of dedication to the castle ride.

Before the commander of the Dragoon Regiment No. 3 Colonel of Cavalry Hans Günter Ebetshuber opened the castle ride, a prominent participant, the cabaret artist Lydia Prenner-Kasper, was warmly welcomed to the event. After the champagne reception, all those present were invited to an extremely interesting tour of the castle.

Due to the flooding of the March, the route had to be constantly changed by the organisation team. This year the competitions were again held in two categories. The A-competition total distance for both days about 80 km, with special tests that were carried out on the way or directly in Schlosshof, or the lunchtime rest in Schloss Eckartsau and Schloss Marchegg. Inter alia the shooting range Haringsee held the shooting competition. Riding through, hand horse riding, coping with natural obstacles in the group, individual jumping over natural obstacles the next day, distance estimation, plan reading, etc. were among the special tasks in which you could earn points.

33 participants (A) had a positive result in the special stages and completed the entire distance of approx. 80 km without a mistake. 19 participants were proud to receive the Kav performance badge for orienteering and trekking in bronze. Event-B about 50 km total on both days appealed to the 30 participants and was extra scored.

During the individual jumping over the natural obstacles, the 26th Marchfelder Schlösserritt received a high attendance: the president of the Lower Austrian Equestrian Federation KR Ing. Gerold Dautzenberg. He was welcomed by the organiser and with a passing carriage was brought in the castle to another competition.

Afterwards there was a special guided tour through the castle, to the regimental command DR 3 and to the festively decorated baroque stable for the gala dinner before the award ceremony. Mag. Ines Bejdl – an internationally recognized judge – also visited surprisingly the event because in Lassee there was a jumping tournament on the same day. The cozy castle restaurant garden was then a place of shoptalk and discussion about the support and promotion of equestrian popular sports.

After the gala dinner – this year in the baroque stable – badges, bows, certificates and placement prizes were handed over by the mayor from Eckartsau Ing. Rudolf Makoschitz, Dr. med. Hans Reinisch of Magna Racino and the organiser.

In appreciation of his services to the Tradition Dragoons Regiment No. 3, the commander-in-chief, Mr. Thomas Tschann (DR 4), is awarded the Regimental Order of the Dragoon Regiment No. 3 in bronze. Because of exemplary long-term service fulfillment for our common history and tradition Mr. Zgsf. Walter Bründl Pohl (DR3) has been promoted to sergeant. The golden medal of the Austrian Cavalry Association was given to Gundi Schmid and the Regimental Trumpeter of the DR 3, Zgsf. Günter Ringhofer.

The honorary challenge cup donated by Archduke Georg Habsburg was given to a uniformed participant, for the Cavalry highest military rating to Ptf. Christian Guss (Dragoon Regiment No.5), who also met the entire course (80km) without error for his regiment.

A-competition

  • 1st place, Dragonerregiment Nr. 5
    Olt. Dr Anton Wankhammer, Ptf. Dr. Carina Wankhammer
    Olt. Ivor Schiller, Ptf. Christian Guss, Ptf. Silke Schmerlaib
  • 2nd place
    Caroline Geiger, Finian Geiger, Sophie Mikula, Lara Johann, Michaela Res
  • 3rd place
    Alois Hauptmann, Tzt. Rudolf Hauptmann, Sabine FRITZ, Christoph Allgäuer

B-competition

  • 1st place
    Susanne Payr, Gabriela Payr, Lisa Würzl, Stefanie Dörnhöfer
  • 2nd place
    Gerhard Lackner, Michaela Bischof, Markus Goldfuss, Irene Unger
  • 3rd place
    Kpr.  Markus Potzmann, Mag. Doris Potzmann, Michaela Pinisch, Cornelia Oberguggenberger

Expression of condolences about Colonel of cavalry Otto Dorfstätter

With great sadness we have the duty to inform that the Honorary Councillor Colonel of cavalry Otto Dorfstätter passed on 1st of May 2019.

The President of the Union of European Military Historical Groups Major General iTR Michael Blaha, the executive committee, the Presidium and all comrades of the UEHMG express their deepest sympathy to the bereaved for this grave loss.

The UEHMG will honor his deserving comrade in honor.

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