Posted 5 years ago
Imperial German beer stein 1. Comp., Garde Jäger Bataillon, Potsdam, 1904 - 1906. The stein has two side scenes, with the central motif having the Star of the Order of the Black Eagle as it is incorporated into the Garde Star badge, and a scene representing the Legend of Saint Hubertus, the patron Saint of Hunters, the company roster, eagle thumblift with stanhope (photo missing), holding Garde Star, named to Jäger Konrad Knöss.
Jäger-Battalions were elite regiments composed of specially chosen crack shots. They were equipped with rifles rather than muskets during the Napoleonic Wars. They were positioned at the army’s head to serve as skirmishers who targeted officers and NCO’s. Their ability to "pick off" those leaders often diminished the opposition’s command and control over their men. It was a great honor to be selected for such a prestigious posting to a Jäger-Battalion. Any Jäger Stein is rare, Garde Jäger especially so.
The Imperial German army had just one Garde Jäger Battalion, and 12 Line Jager Battalions. In May 1915, the German Army began joining the Jäger battalions to form Jäger regiments, and in late 1917, the Deutsche Jäger-Division was formed.