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Theresianischen Militärakademie (Theresian Military Academy)

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Theresianischen Militärakademie (Theresian Military Academy)

Unread postby Marcus K » Thu May 25, 2006 3:46 pm

The various Officer Classes of the Austrian Theresian (After empress Maria Theresia) Military Academy have distinctive badges here are some from the Austrian Armed Forces Website

The Classes are also named after famous commanders or battles from the Austrian military history.

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Class of 1966 named Lissa.

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Class of 1967 named Isonzo after the many and costly battles with the Italians during World War I.

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Class of 1968 named Prinz Eugen after the famous fieldmarshal.

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Class of 1969 named Radetzky, after the famous fieldmarshal restorer of the Habsburg possessions in Italy.
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Unread postby Marcus K » Thu May 25, 2006 4:20 pm

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Class of 1970 named Malborghet after a battle fought between Austrian and French Troops 14-17 May 1809.

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Class of 1971, named Schwarzenberg after fieldmarshal prince Karl von Schwarzenberg (1771-1820) commande Austrian troops during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Class of 1972, named Payer Weyprecht after the officer Julius von Payer (1842-1915) and the scientist Karl von Weyprecht (1838-1881). They led the first Austrian expedition to the North Pole in 1872-1874.

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Class of 1973, named Starhemberg after Count Heinrich Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg (1638-1701) who led the defence of Vienna against the Truks in 1683. The badge shows the famous siluette of the Vienna St. Stephan's Cathedral.

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Class of 1974, named Khevenhüller after fieldmarshal count Ludwig Andreas von Khevenhüller-Frankenburg (1683-1744).
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Unread postby Marcus K » Sat May 27, 2006 9:34 am

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Class of 1975, named Hötzendorf after fieldmarshal baron Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf Chief of Staff 1906-1911, 1912-1917 and later commander of an Army Group. He reformed the Officer training.

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Class of 1976, named Andreas Hofer after the Tirolean freedomfighter executed by the French in 1810.

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Class of 1977, named Tegetthoff after viceadmiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff (1827-1871) Victorious commander at the Battle of Lissa in 1866.

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Class of 1978, named Flitsch-Tolmein efter a Battle during World War I.

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Class of 1979, named Pasubio after a high Mountain range scene of fierce combat during World War I.

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Class of 1980, named Montecuccoli after General-Lieutenant count Raimond Montecuccoli (1609-1680) who defeated the Turks in the Battle of St. Gotthard in 1664.
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Unread postby Marcus K » Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:48 pm

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Class of 1981, named Erzherzog Johann. The Archduke (1782-1859) was during 1809-1849 Head Director of the Theresian Military Academy and organiser of the Landwehr in 1809. He was also a member of the Frankfurt-parliament 1848-1849.

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Class of 1982 named Laudon, after fieldmarshal baron Gideon Ernst von Laudon (1717-1790). Joined the Army at 16 he parpicipated in several wars. During the seven years with Prussia, he led the Austrian troops to victory in the battle of Kunersdorf 1759.

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Class of 1983 named Erzherzog Karl. The Archduke (1771-1847) was Generalissimus and Army reformator. Conqueror of Napoleons troop at Aspern.
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Unread postby Marcus K » Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:13 pm

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Class of 1984, named Daun. Reichsgraf Daun (1705-1766) was a Army reformator whose reforms had great impact on the quality of the Austrian Officer Corps.

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Class of 1985, named Col di Lana after a 2 000 meter high mountain about 25 KM southwest from Cortina d'Ampesso. Between Juli 1915 and May 1916the Austrian Defenders beat off 75 Italian Attacks. The Peak of the Col di Lana was blown apart 14 april 1916 at 23.35 o'clock.

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Class of 1986 named Major Troyer. Major Josef Troyer (1867-1916 fallen at Nadworna), was as acting regimental commander awarded the Knight's Cross of the Military Maria-Theresia Order for action in the battle at Porostyn in Eastern Galicia June 1916.

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Class of 1987 named Perdil, after a mountain-pass in 1809 successfully defended by 200 men with 10 artillery guns against a French division.
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Unread postby Marcus K » Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:37 pm

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Class of 1988 named Ortler after a 4 000 meter high Mountain where fighting during WW I took place under extreme conditions.

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Class of 1989 named Rodakowski, after Maximilian Rodakowski (1825-1900) who led the Trani-Lancers in the Battle of Villafranca 1866.

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Class of 1990 named Banfield. The namesake was Lieutenant-Commander baron Gottfried von Banfield (1890-1986) a Marine figherpilot during WW I credited with 18 victories. During 1956-57 he was involved in minesweeping the Suez-Canal as head of a salvage company.
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Class of 1991 named Montenuovo after Ordnance Master General Count Wilhelm Albrecht Montenuovo (1821-95). He distinguished himself during the Battles of 1848-49 and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the military Maria Theresia Order.

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Class of 1992 named Novara. At the battle of Novara 23 March 1849 Fieldmarshal Radetzky's troops defeated the Army of Piemonte.

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Class of 1993 named Kolin. Austrian troops under Fieldmarshal Daun defeated Prussians at Kolin 18 june 1757.
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Unread postby Marcus K » Sat Jul 01, 2006 1:33 pm

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Class of 1994 named Kinsky. Franz Joseph Kinsky von Wochenitz und Tettau (1739-1805), member of the Bohemian Academy of Sciences and Local Director at the Theresian Military Academy 1779-85 and Head Director of the same 1785-05.

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Class of 1995 named Kaiser Maximilian. The Emperor who lived 1459-1519 and played a great part in the advancement of the Art of Warfare.

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Class of 1996 named Wellington after the famous 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852). Among his many honours he was also made a Austrian Fieldmarshal and Colonel-in-Chief of the Infantry Regiment Nr. 42.
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Unread postby Marcus K » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:30 pm

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Class of 1997 named Ritter von Trapp. Georg Ritter von Trapp (1880-1947) was a Austrian Submarine-commander during WW I,he was awarded the Military Maria Theresia-Order for sinking a French Armoured Cruiser. He is however more famous for the Singing Group he formed with his nine children and his second wife Maria. As portaited in the book and film "The Sound of Music".

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Class of 1998 named Sterneck after the admiralen baron Maximilian Daublensky von Sterneck (1829-1897). In the Battle of Lissa 1866 he commanded the Flagship the Erzherzog Ferdinand Max.

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Class of 2000 named Monte Piano, after a Mountain in South Tirol. The scene of two years of bitter fighting that eventually saw the Austrian Troops victorious.
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Unread postby Marcus K » Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:47 pm

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Class of 2001 named Liechtenstein after Fieldmarshal Johann I Joseph, prince of Leichtenstein-Nikolsburg. As one of only nine officers he did recive all three grades of the Military Maria Theresia-Order.

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Class of 2002 named Sachsen-Coburg. The namesake Friedrich josias duke of Saxony and prince of Coburg (1737-1815) led the troops to victory against the Turks in the battle of Fokschan 1789.

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Class of 2003 named Reichsgraf Hadik, after Fieldmarshal Reichsgraf Andreas Hadik auf Futak (1710-1790). During the seven years war he leda march to Berlin in 1757. In 1774 he was made a Fieldmarshal and from 1774-1790 he was president of the Court War Council. Only interrupted in 1778 and 1789 when he led the Field Army.

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Class of 2004 named Kaiserjäger, after the Elite Mountain units raised i Tyroland Voralberg. They was a symbol of bravery and loyalty.
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