The Imperial Army, usually simply called the Heer or the Army, is the Land Arm of the Imperial Armed Forces and the core of all military capabilities the Imperial Armed Forces have.
With a total manpower of roundabout 550,000 officers and men, the Imperial Army is the largest part of the Imperial Armed Forces. Not counted into that number are the men under compulsory military service, which sees them for two years in the Army's direct services, after which the soldier is a reservist for fifteen years. The only ways of not being part of the compulsory service are being a woman, invalided out or volunteering for the Navy, the Territorialheer or the Imperial Civil Service.
The Territorialheer is not part of the Army, but is placed under the Army's Command in case of a foreign invasion.
- 1 History
- 2 Command and Organization
- 3 Ongoing Operations
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Appearance
The Army and the Foundation of the Second Empire (1752)
Under Emperor Siegbald (1899 - today)
Command and Organization
- See Main Articles: Structure of the Imperial Army, Regimental Structures of the Imperial Army.
The Imperial Army's Supreme Commander is the Imperator,
Highest administrative and commanding authority of the Imperial Army is the High Command,
A novelty of the Imperatorengarde is the Garde-Schildjungfernregiment, a guard regiment composed entirely of women. It is also the youngest regiment of the guard, founded in 1922 and declared operational in 1926.
Imperial Army Aviation
- For their aircraft, see: List of Aircraft in service with the Imperial Armed Forces.
It is estimated by foreign observers, that the Imperial Army, unlike the Navy, is quite modern in the development and utilization of aircraft.
Supporting Arms and Branches
- See Main Article: Equipment of the Imperial Army.
The Imperial Army's backbone is its service rifle and the soldiers schooled in its usage, typically the infantryman (or infantrywoman, as the case may be). That rifle is the Karabiner Modell 1899, chambered for the Patrone Modell 1900, a 6.5x50 mm semi-rimmed cartridge, which is getting on with the years and mostly effective at and below a range of around 400 meters.
The main weapon of the heavy artillery is the Fd. 8.25 Howitzer, a 150 mm howitzer using the same ammunition as the Fd. 8.25 Gun of the Navy. The lighter field artillery's workhorse is the Fd. 5.5 Howitzer, not to be confused with the Fd. 5.5 Guns of the Navy, which do not share the same ammunition.
The Imperial Army has two main uniforms, the Battle Dress and the Parade Uniform. Uniforms for specialized environments are usually only variations of the Battle Dress, for example the Winteruniform is Battle Dress with a white overthrow,