From 11. – 13. October 2019 this year’s General Rapport was held in Sopron/Hungary. With over 120 participants and accompaniments from our member clubs from all over Europe, the event was well attended.
To kick off, President Major General iTR Michael Blaha, MSc, welcomed the attendees to an aperitif in the beautiful setting of Hotel Pannonia, which was to be the center for all three days.
While the accompaniments had a tourist train ride and a visit to the Fire Tower, delegates worked their way through the plenary’s extensive agenda. The President and all other officials presented the extensive work of the past year in detail and were pleased to accept the approval and discharge of the participants.
With Wachtmeister iTR Roland Ott as Chairman of the Justice board, Major iTR Wolfgang Hess as a member of the Justice board and Rittmeister iTR Martin Keller as Secretary General, several vacant positions have been filled. The first day then found its comradely conclusion with a dinner together with Hungarian buffet and drinks.
Saturday morning was marked by the public ceremony. Under the command of Lieutenant iTR Alfred Cunat more than 100 uniformed men – reinforced by some Hungarian comrades – marched on. In his ceremonial address, Major General iTR Michael Blaha, MSc, talked about the close and necessary cohesion of the UEHMG in public. As a special highlight, Baron Vinzenz Stimpfl-Abele handed over the “Sub Auspiciis” seal of the House of Habsburg to the UEHMG on behalf of SKKH Karl von Habsburg. Also the honoring of some deserving comrades could be accomplished during the ceremony. With a General de Charge and a Defilee the ceremony came to a dignified end and they gathered to the joint photo in front of the monument in the park.
In the afternoon, a visit to the nearby Esterhazy Castle in Fertöd was on the program, which took place in the Deutschmeister Bus. Returning to Sopron, the Hussar Regiment 9 invited to its small, lovely museum, where salami, cheese and wine were waiting for a local refreshment.
In the evening, the gala dinner of the General Rapport took place, with live music and dancing once again offering a highlight. The evening in an amicable and comradely environment lasted until the early hours of the morning, during which good conversations gave birth to some interesting ideas for the future. With the mass in the Dominican Church on Sunday this successful General Rapport 2019 ended, bringing the taste for the 30th anniversary of the UEHMG next year in Varazdin.