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The Ordensheer is the 'army' of the Order of the Klingenritter, the professional core and its mercenary and militia annex. In addition to that, the Order can call upon the Ordensmarine in times of martial need.

The Ordensheer's manpower stems from the Ordensritter, the 26 Chapters of the Order, and their knights, as well as the city, town and village militias, the Komtureimilizen, as well as from mercenaries.

History

Composition

Organigramm - zugeschnitten, Mk1

Organization of the subordinate parts of the Ordensmarschall, including the Ordensmarine.

Superordinate to both the Ordensheer and the Ordensmarine, as well as to the Generaltrappier (the head logistics officer of both forces), the Ordensmarschall was, in terms of modern statecraft, the Minister of Defense.

Directly under him, as part of the Ordensheer, the Feldmarschälle (field marshals) command the individual armies. The Generalpfleger is responsible for the building, upkeep and maintenance of all castles and fortified positions of the Order, including in harbours. The Generalspittler is responsible for the medical care of the soldiers.

Every Feldmarschall had a staff of seven experts and leaders under him, the Marschall (leader of the Cavalry), the Feldzeugmeister (chief logistics officer for the army), the Schultheiß (military judge, with military police), the Brandmeister (the one overseeing the plundering, sacking and burning, as well as dividing the loot), the Generalhauptmann (leader of the infantry), the Stückmeister (the leader of the artillery) and the Generalzahlmeister (held responsibility over the warchest). In the field, all commanders of individual contingents submit under the rule of the Feldmarschall.

Ordensritter

The Ordensritter are knights under direct command and control of the Order, and thus the Ordensheer, having received their estates and castles from the Order to finance their troops. Every Ordensritter has to raise, in times of need, a Lanze, a small administrative formation, from his own pockets, plus maintain and keep up his castle and estate.

This Lanze is composed of a total of nine men:

  • The Lanzenherr: Either the knight himself or a suitable replacement.
  • The Knappe: A squire learning by doing.
  • The Daggerman: A lighter cavalryman.
  • The Infantry: Two infantrymen, usually pikemen, but also swordsmen were allowed, usually medium infantry.
  • The Marksmen: Two marksmen, usually either bow or crossbow.
  • The Servants: Two servants, non-combattants, usually not slaves.

Many of the Chapters, including the Womanchapters, use a similar system or the same. 50 Lanzen formed the logistical and administrative unit of the Banner, 10 Banner formed a Haufen, which was separated for battle, all warriors coming under their 'type commanders' and from there, being distributed to their respective Captains.

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