The Finnish Jgers In World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR On The Road


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exciting episode of the Great War on the road. Now today I’m standing in front of the former railway station of what is today Hoenn Luxe Debt, but a hundred years ago was locked at her Lager and was a Prussian military training facility and what I’m going to talk about today is the finish Jaeger Battalion, which was a finished unit that fought with the German Army during the First World War Finland was part of Russia until after the October Revolution. When Finland declared independence in December 1917 and if you saw our Finland special you’ll know that in the late 1800s Finland had a great deal of autonomy within the Empire, but as the new century began and as the first decade of the new century, rolled along that autonomy began to be more and more limited and consequently a. Finnish independence movement became stronger and stronger these people seeking Finnish independence realized that at some point they’re gonna need some military training in case they have to either fight for independence or to defend that independence once they achieved it so where were they turned for military training. First, they talked to Japan because who had just beaten Russert Russia in the Russo–japanese War, but that didn’t work out they thought of Sweden and Denmark, but neither of those would be partners in the training and then came the idea of talking to Germany about this However, this was not viewed favorably by Germany.

At The Time Because Germany And Well

Germany and Russia were not at war. Russia of Finland was part of Russia and the Kaiser and of course our Nicolai where they were they were cousins. They called Each other Willy and Nick Nicky so the idea of people that were part of the Russian Empire receiving military training in Germany was not a great idea. Then came the war now the Finnish independence movement. There was a lot of students University students who were thinking well now we were at war.

Maybe We Can Fight For The

German Army and when Russia is defeated We’ll have our independence. Hey Finn named Vetter Hoth, who lived in Germany at the time because he was a wanted man in Finland was able to facilitate communication between these students and between the German authorities. So 200 finished volunteers were going to come down here to Germany at the beginning of 1915 and they believed they were going to receive German military training and be fighting with the German Army so that they could eventually have their independence and they were. going to come to this railway station and they were going to arrive at this railway station coming through neutral Sweden and then down here. There were other options of places they were considering coming-there was Berg and Danzig, but those were much further east near the Russian border, and that would be more of a security risk because remember they were actually citizens of a nation that Germany was at war with and you can create an international incident by wealth.

You Can Imagine It For Yourself Had

this might blow up in your face. So this is where they arrived and now we’re going to look at where they lived where they ate and different stations of their training. And this is the barracks that those films arrived to now When they arrived here. It Here it did not have a sign saying Barracks In fact it had a sign saying it was a pathfinder course. The Pathfinders are the basically Boy Scouts.

The Finns Came Here Expecting That They Were

going to receive military training, but they were placed under the command of Maximilian Buyer and Maximilian buyer was the number one scout master in Germany. Now the reason for this is because the German High Command was a bit leery about giving them official military training, which would announce that they were military because they were in fact as we said Russian citizens, which means they were coming from a country that Germany was actively at war with and this could create an international incident and so you wanted to avoid that so they were given Scout uniforms and it was going to be a four-week Scout training program. However, buyer went on. short trip to Berlin just a couple of days and during that time, the Finns gave themselves actual military uniforms and began to impression military drills, and when he came back he just let them continue, so this evolved to be more and more military and the government’s position changed as well. Over the summer.

The Kaiser Announced In July That

he was against this, but ten days later said that no he was all in favor of the program. The Kaiser wanted to increase their numbers to two thousand so it was becoming more of a thing. However, their position within or without the German Army was still uncertain. They we’re not officially part of the German Army, though they were expected to fight for the right. This changed officially May the 1st 1916 when they were incorporated into the Imperial German Army as the 27th Royal Prussian Jaegar.

Battalion Jaeger Meaning Hunter If Youre Wondering

how they got along with the locals There’s a whole bunch of anecdotes in the historian who We’ve talked to here he can he could talk for 10 hours about anecdotes but here’s just a little thing. One day Shortly after they came here. Some of the guys were out one Sunday and the Miller’s daughter was doing the laundry just hanging up the washing and so one of the guys started helping hang up the washing and the other guys helped out and so they became friends with the Miller’s daughter and through that became friends with the the Miller. Now this was great because suddenly they could all get their post at the Millers place and apparently some of the guys would sneak over. They’d sneak out of here and sneak over to the Miller’s on Sunday where he would give.

Them Pancakes And Now The The Finns Actually

have the word panel Kaka for these specific pancakes that they were getting from the Millers. Now the reason that they were really happy to get those pancakes is because apparently the the rations here were terrible and were called let’s see barbed wire veal teeth and something called blue Henrik. I Don’t think any of us would be willing to try blue flow blue Henrik anybody nice plate of blue Henrik for lunch so let’s leave these lovely barracks behind and go and have a look at their actual military training. Now. This is the field where the Jaegers did their training as pioneers.

Now This Involved Things Like Building Defensive

works and overcoming defensive works. Now much of this was based on experiences from the Western Front. In fact a helped man came and he had them build a fortified. Machine-gun coast and then he had them try to overcome that fortified machine-gun post which they realized left them all dead. So they had to learn how to do this without all being dead back there or you see the forest now that was where the shooting range was and they’d shoot off in that direction Now over there you can see where they had another important part of pioneer training, which was to figure out how to cross bodies of water like making things like pontoon bridges, so that troops behind could cross over now.

This Lake Of Course Would Remind The

finns of home and they would also use this as their leisure time, which was convenient for those guys that used to visit the Miller and the Miller’s daughter because the water mill used to be right over here. This is canteen number seven now today it’s. a restaurant and it’s run by descendants of the people that ran it during the war and this is where the men ate now When they came here their officers had orders to tell them that they can have no beer, alcoholic beverages not even cigarettes, but of course the officers had a problem with this saying at the front we go into action all the time and what we’re given we’re given booze or giving cigarettes to sort of you know forget what we’re about to be doing and stuff so it’s kind of a ridiculous order to say no no you don’t get any of that that language was also an issue for these people Of the first 200 many were students and of course, many of them spoke German and they were ordered to speak German to lay any suspicions that they were. In fact, Finns and citizens of belligerent foreign power, but as the numbers grew and you’ve got a bigger cross-section of Finnish society. You began to get people who only spoke Finnish or who only spoke Swedish.

I Read In The Little Pamphlet In

the in the museum that 64 percent of the of the Finnish Yeager‘s spoke Swedish as their first language. You’d even have incidents like two guys were speaking Finnish to each other on the train and their commanding officer had to say to them. You have to stop that or you will be arrested. You have to think about that these guys were citizens of a nation that Germany was at war with this is like being spies. I mean if this came out big time.

This Could Be A Really Bad Thing,

and now I’m going to take you to see a water tower that. Well known even in Finland and this is it now This water tower was not only the water supply for the base. It was also the tallest point around and if you see the ball on the top of the tower. Everybody around could see when that was up or down when that was up and meant there was live firing so you could shoot when it was up you could not when it was down and this tower is also iconic as a symbol of the base, which means its iconic as a symbol of the Finnish Var battalion whose story here in Germany lasted exactly three years from February 25th 1915 when the first men arrived to February 25th 1918.

When They Arrived In Finland To

fight for their independence. Now that story involved their numbers increasing to well over a thousand involved their training and it involved. Many of them seeing active service on the northeast front near Riga, where some of them died actually four of them even died here on the base during training. Their colors are still flown today on special occasions in Finland, and while many people know what those colors symbolize many people do not know that their story began in Germany and Lox Ted Lager alright that’s it for today, but if you’re ever in this part of Germany, you should definitely come to a halt and lock set and go to the museum there because you can see a lot more about this and there’s great photos and the people there are really cool.

You Can Also Go To Pretty

much every place I went to today. You can eat at the canteen they’re really nice actually so I warmly recommend that if you’d like to see our special about. Finland before and during the war, you can click right here for that, and we would also very much like to thank Christoph Sunder, Siegfried Schaffer an Ahkam Yash for all their special help on this special episode Don’t forget to subscribe see you next time.

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Indy Neidell visits Hoenn Luxe Debt, a former Prussian military training facility . The Jaeger Battalion was a finished unit that fought with the German Army during the First World War . Finland was part of Russia until after the October Revolution . The idea of Finland receiving military training in Germany was not viewed favorably by Germany because of the fact that it was not a great idea for people that were part of the Russian Empire to be trained in Germany . This was not the case because Germany and well Germany and Russia were not at war. They talked to Japan because who had just beaten Russert Russia in the Russo–japanese War, but that didn’t work out they thought of Sweden and Denmark, but neither of those would be partners in the training and then came the idea of talking to Germany . The Finnish independence movement decided to turn to Germany for the training. However, this was not to work out. It was not an easy thing to do. It wasn’t the case….. Click here to read more and watch the full video