Leib-Husaren Brigade



Before 1918, the most famous military unit in danzig was Leib-Husaren Brigade (Hussars Brigade) that stationed in the barracks in Danzig-Langfuhr. Created in 1741 by the decision of King Frederick II as 5 Husaren Regiment was also called Schwarze Husaren Regiment (Black Hussar Regiment). In 1808, the regiment was divided into 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment and 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment. The 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment stationed in Danzig from 7 May 1817. In 1861, the first regiment was officially called 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr. 1. Together with 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preussen created Leib-Husaren-Brigade, which since 14 September 1901 was stationed in the new barracks in Wrzeszcz.

Leib-Husaren-Brigade as well as other military units in Danzig was subjected to XVII Command of Army.

1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr. 1

Chef of Regiment:
  • 1808 - 1840 König Friedrich Wilhelm III.
  • 1840 - 1861 König Friedrich Wilhelm IV.
  • 1840 - 1885 2. Chef GFM Prinz Friedrich Carl v. Preußen
  • 1861 - 1888 König Wilhelm I.
  • 1888 König Friedrich III.
  • 1888 - 1918 König Wilhelm II.

Commendants of Regiment:
  • 1806 v. Pfuhl
  • 1809 v. Szerdaheli
  • 1812 v. Sandrat
  • 1816 Dallmer
  • 1817 Frhr. v. Krafft
  • 1830 Frhr. v. Canitz
  • 1833 v. Below
  • 1839 v. Broesigke
  • 1843 v. Gerhardt
  • 1846 v. Tyszka
  • 1848 Gr. Clairon d'Haussonville
  • 1853 v. Wrangel
  • 1856 v. Blumenthal
  • 1860 v. Eckartsberg
  • 1862 v. Krosigk
  • 1864 v. Kehlert
  • 1867 v. Hanstein
  • 1874 v. Oetinger
  • 1882 v. Berken
  • 1888 Gr. v. Geldern-Egmond z. Arçon
  • 1893 v. Mackensen
  • 1898 v. Parpart
  • 1900 v. Colomb


2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr. 2

Chef of Regiment:
  • 1888-1891 Königin Victoria von Preußen

Commendants of Regiment:
  • 1808 Gr. d. l. Roche Aymon
  • 1810 v. Cosel
  • 1813 v. Kall
  • 1818 v. Schwanenfeld
  • 1821 v. Hedemann
  • 1829 Gr. zu Münster-Meinhövel
  • 1830 Gr. zu Eulenburg
  • 1839 Frhr. v. Zedlitz-Neukirch
  • 1842 v. Kaphengst
  • 1844 Gr. v. Lüttichau
  • 1848 Schimmelpfennig v. d. Oye
  • 1855 Gr. Wrschowetz-Sekerka v. Sedczicz
  • 1857 v. Flies
  • 1859 v. Lindern
  • 1864 v. Schauroth
  • 1871 v. Winterfeld
  • 1873 Detmering
  • 1882 Frhr. v. Stein
  • 1887 v. Haeseler
  • 1891 v. Bassewitz
  • 1893 Gr. v. Sponeck
  • 1897 v. d. Schulenburg
  • 1902 Gr. v. Pfeil u. Klein Ellguth


Barracks of Leib-Husaren Brigade at Hochstrieß (Slowackiego street) in Danzig-Langfuhr:

Map of the barracks



Barracks' photos



Officers' casino at Hochstrieß (Slowackiego street) in Danzig-Langfuhr:

Sketch of casino building



Casino buildings



Casino interiors

Casino's Royal Room was decorated with large batalistic paintings painted by Wojciech Kossak on request of Kaiser Wilhelm II. There were three large paintings depicting scenes from the history of the regiment: "Black Prussian Hussars under Düsselward in 1758", "Prussian Hussars Charge the russian battery at Gross Jägersdorf in 1757" and "Fight a banner at the Battle of Heilsberg in 1807 " and many other paintings.




Kaiser Wilhelm II



Kronprinz Wilhelm






Commemorative medals with the image of Kronprinz Wilhelm



Princessin Viktoria Luise





Generafeldmarschall August von Mackensen





Commemorative medal with the image of August von Mackensen



Leibhusars pioneered the development of military aviation in Danzig. The most famous aviators were Prince Friedrich Sigismund von Preussen and Prince Friedrich Karl von Preussen. The picture shows the hangar at the airport in Langfuhr:



Prinz Friedrich Sigismund von Preussen



Prinz Friedrich Karl von Preussen



Prinz Friedrich Karl von Preussen in his Albatros and his airplane crashed 22 March 1917.



Officers and soldiers of 1. Leib-Husaren Brigade



Other photos







The colour party and military band



Photos of parades and maneuvers



Russian POWs in Langfuhr



Uniform of 1. Leib-Husaren Brigade

General's Atilla



Officer's Atilla - Rittmeister



Husar's Atilla



Soldier's Pelzjacke



Officer's Pelzmütze from 2 Regiment



Soldier's Pelzmütze from 1 Regiment



Officer's Schirmmütze from 1 and 2 Regiment



Officer's belt



Säbeltasche of 1. and 2. Regiment



Complete uniform of non-commissioned officer



Felddienstuniform M 1910



Colour postcards with Kronprinz Wilhelmem and officer in M 1910 uniforms



Colours of caps, lance burgees and sabre bag of 1. and 2. Leib-Husaren Regiment:

Husarenpelzmütze
Schirmmütze Offizier
Krätzchen Mannschaft
Lanzenfahne
Offizier Säbeltasche

Banknotes, so called Notgeld, issued by city of Belgard in Pommern with history of Leibhusaren:





Box of cigarettes Kronprinz Wilhelm



Letter seal of 1. Leibhusaren-Regiment



Commemorative postcards with Leibhussars




Reservist's tankard