Hussar regiment "Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands" (Hannoversches) No. 15 - Husaren-Regiment „Königin Wilhelmina der Niederlande“ (Hannoversches) Nr. 15

Uniform of the Hussar Regiment No. 15 around 1912
Husar of the Regiments
Regiment chief : Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands
Monument from 1938: The bronze messenger rider

The Hussars "Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands" (Hanoverian) no. 15 , also known as "Wandsbeker Hussars " means, was a cavalry joined the Prussian army .


Standard of the Hussar Regiment No. 15. Colored photo 1905
Uniform of a Rittmeister 1905

The regiment was originally formed on December 19, 1803 (Foundation Day) as a cavalry association of the armed forces of the Kingdom of Hanover . After the lost war of 1866 and the annexation of the country by the Kingdom of Prussia , the association was taken over as Hussar Regiment (Hannoversches) No. 15 in the Prussian Army . In connection with the establishment of the German Empire on January 18, 1871 in Versailles and the entry into force of the constitution of April 16, 1871, the regiment was transferred to the then city of Wandsbek (or Marienthal) relocated. This location provided the popular name "Wandsbeker Hussars". Kaiser Wilhelm II appointed the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina as head of the regiment on August 31, 1898 and named the association after her.

The regiment was subordinate to the 18th Cavalry Brigade in Altona .

The history of the Wandsbek hussars can be traced in the Wandsbek local history museum .

Mission history

Franco-German War

During the war against France , the regiment was used several times:

  • until January 1 - Siege of Mézières
  • 0 January 5 - Rocroy (2nd and 3rd Squadrons)
  • 14. Januar - Noidant le Rocheux vor Langres (1. Eskadron)
  • January 21 - Etuz and Pin (4th Squadron)
  • January 23 - Dannemarie (4th Squadron)
  • January 29 - Sombacourt (1st Squadron)

First World War


After the armistice and the march back home, the regiment was demobilized and disbanded at the end of September 1919. Parts of it joined the Grodno Brigade , which was active as a Freikorps , and was later transferred to the Provisional Reichswehr as the 9th Reichswehr Cavalry Regiment .

The tradition took over after the formation of the Reichswehr the training squadron of the 14th rider regiment in Ludwigslust . In the Wehrmacht , the 5th Squadron of Cavalry Regiment 14 in Parchim continued the tradition.

Even today a memorial stone from 1923 and a bronze messenger rider from 1938 remind of the disbanded unit near the former barracks Am Husarendenkmal in Hamburg-Marienthal .


Rank Name Date [1]
Major Bernhard von Cosel 1866
Karl von Unger 1867
Oberst Bernhard von Cosel 1870
Fedor von Grodzki 1871
Lieutenant Colonel / Colonel Johann von Schadow-Godenhausen December 12, 1872 to October 18, 1881
Lieutenant Colonel / Colonel Gerhard of Pelet-Narbonne October 18, 1881 to April 16, 1888
Oberst Carl Geyr von Schweppenburg 17. April 1888
Lieutenant colonel August von Huth November 19, 1891 to June 15, 1894
Lieutenant Colonel / Colonel Eugen von Hirschfeld June 16, 1894 to June 1, 1898
Lieutenant Colonel / Colonel Fritz von Diepenbroick-Grüter 0 June 2, 1898 to July 26, 1902
Lieutenant Colonel / Colonel Wedig von Zitzewitz July 27, 1902 to March 21, 1907
Lieutenant colonel Artur von Stuckmann March 22, 1907 to April 19, 1909
Lieutenant Colonel / Colonel Udo von Sechow April 20, 1909 to January 26, 1913
Major/Oberstleutnant Paul von Schoenaich January 27, 1913 to August 7, 1914
Lieutenant colonel Hans-Joachim von Zieten 0 August 8, 1914 to March 19, 1918
Major Willi von Wrangel March 20, 1918 to January 9, 1919
Oberst Hans-Joachim von Zieten January 10 to September 30, 1919

Known relatives


The rider's uniform consisted of a dark blue jacket with white cords ( Attila ), dark blue mottled riding breeches, gray trousers with a red piping ( piping ) and a black sealskin cap.


  • Hofmann, Bitter: History of the Hanoverian Hussar Regiment No. 15, the current Hussar Regiment "Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands" (Hannoversches No. 15). Pooh 1903.
  • Ewald von Trauwitz-Hellwig: The Royal Prussian Hussar Regiment Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (Hannoversches) No. 15 in the World War 1914-1918. Wandsbek [1931].
  • Hans-Werner Faerber: Wandsbeker Hussars, an episode of Prussian cavalry history. Hamburg 1991, ISBN 3-87474-984-3 .
  • Franklin Kopitzsch , Daniel Tilgner (Ed.): Hamburg Lexikon. 2nd revised edition. Zeiseverlag, Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-9805687-9-2 .
  • Ernst Christian Schütt among others: Chronicle Hamburg. 2nd updated edition. Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, Gütersloh / Munich 1997, ISBN 3-577-14443-2 .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Günter Wegmann (ed.), Günter Wegner: Formation history and staffing of the German armed forces 1815-1990. Part 1: Occupation of the German armies 1815–1939. Volume 3: The occupation of the active regiments, battalions and departments from the foundation or list until August 26, 1939. Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück 1993, ISBN 3-7648-2413-1 , p. 132f.
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