The Garde du Corps was the personal bodyguard of the Prussian king and later the German emperor. It was founded in 1740 by Frederick the Great with Friedrich von Blumenthal as its first commander. He died suddenly in 1745, but his brother Hans, who, with the other officers of the regiment had won the Pour le Mérite at its first action at Hohenfriedberg, assumed command in 1747. Hans von Blumenthal was wounded leading the regiment in a successful cavalry charge at Lobositz and had to retire from the army. Initially the regiment was used partly as a training ground for officers as part of a programme of expansion of the cavalry. Early officers included the rake and memoirist von Trenck, who describes the arduous life of sleep deprivation and physical stress endured by officers, as well as the huge cost of belonging. The Cuirasses, for example, were silver-plated. ...more on Wikipedia about "Garde du Corps"
List of armies — List of German armies in WWI ...more on Wikipedia about "List of German armies in WWI"
The List of World War II military units of Germany contains all military units to serve with the armed forces of Germany during World War II. ...more on Wikipedia about "List of World War II military units of Germany"
A Panzerkorps was a military formation type in the German Wehrmacht during World War II. The name was introduced in 1942, when the motorised (AK (mot.)) were renamed to Panzerkorps. Panzerkorps were created throughout the war, and existed in all service arms of the Wehrmacht except the Kriegsmarine. Those renamed from ordinary Armeekorps or AK (mot) retained their numbering. ...more on Wikipedia about "Panzerkorps"
The term Stormtrooper refers to special military troops which were formed in the last year of World War I as the German army developed new methods of attacking enemy trenches, called " infiltration tactics". Men trained in these methods were known as in German as Sturmmann (literally "storm man" but usually translated as Stormtrooper), formed into companies of Sturmtruppen (Storm Troops). Other armies have used the term "assault troops", "shock troops" or fire teams for specialist soldiers who perform the infiltration tasks of stormtroopers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Stormtrooper"
Battalion Nachtigall was the first foreign legion of the Wehrmacht. (The SS had already been recruiting foreigners for some time; see the Wiking Division.) The Nachtigall was formed from a cadre of right-wing Ukrainian nationalists the Germans had released from Polish prisons, with many groups of anti-communist Ukrainians. The creation of the unit was overseen by Hauptmann Prof. Oberländer, who performed the political role of commissioner. (Oberländer was later to become minister for Immigration in the Federal Republic of Germany.) ...more on Wikipedia about "Ukrainische Gruppe Nachtigall"
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