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Tschapka, Koenigs-Ulanen Rgt.(1.Hannoversches) Nr.13,

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Hello readers.

Pictured here is a Tschapka which belonged to a member of the above mentioned Ulanen Regt.

Due to poor photography skills of this poster not clearly visible are the campaign/battle distinctions on the helmet plate. These were authorized by Emperor Wilhelm II based on those of the regiment's Hanoverian forerunner incorporated into the Prussian Army following the Prussian-Austrian War of 1866. The Kingdom of Hanover being allied with Austria ended on the losing side.

The campaign/ battle distinctions or perhaps better called honors were :

Peninsula, Garzia Hernandez and Waterloo

going back to service with the Kings German Legion during the wars against Napoleon I.

The colors of the facings were white as can be seen by the color of the trimming of the tschapka top. The Chef of the regiment was no other than His Majesty the Emperor and King, ( Wilhelm II ).

The helmet plate or bandeau is similar to the Guard's plate but not quite identical and the name "Koenigs Ulanen" implied something of an elite or perhaps guard status.

Bernhard H. Holst

Edited by Bernhard H.Holst
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