Welcome to the website of the 8. Kuerassier, a WWI Cavalry Reenactment regiment. We are currently celebrating both the 200th Anniversary of the 8th Kürassier and the 100th Anniversary of the Great War. Please take some time and browse the special 200th sections of the website.
200th Anniversary Reunion Pins for Sale–$10, includes postage.
These pins marking the 200th Anniversary of the 8th Kuer. Regt. were manufactured by Pichl Medaillen GmbH in Austria. They measure 30,6mm wide by 35,7 mm high. The caption reads 200 Years Deutzer Kuerassiere. The Regiment was garrisoned in Deutz, just across the river from Cologne. To purchase a pin, contact Sgt. Gaulke at
sergeant (at) 8thkurassier.com.
There are several features unique to the regiment:
It was not a front-line infantry unit; although its men and officers certainly saw front-line service, the eight Prussian Kuerassier regiments were heavy cavalry units; whose duties changed substantially as the war progressed.
These duties included: front-line service, signals work, and guarding prisoners and military points, as an Imperial German cavalry unit the regiment’s rolls contained many elite members. In addition to these duties, during the Fall Events our members assist with the pilots of the Great War Aeroplanes Association (GWAA).
To achieve the goals of recreating the 8. Kuerassier as accurately as possible, the unit:
Emphasizes living history: A historical “persona” is created and used as a basis for first person portrayal so that you “become” a person of the era of the Great War.
Has developed a “Kulturabend” or Cultural Evening approach that is held at each reenactment. These are focused around a particular them to enhance authenticity and boost members’ knowledge of the life of a German soldier during the Great War.
Has used these themes at past events: Christmas 1917, a period games night, a period theater night, and a magic lantern show of postcard views of Germany from 1900 to 1917.
In addition to participating in the Great War Association’s reenactments, the regiment undertakes numerous other activities designed to enhance authenticity and boost members’ knowledge of the life of a German soldiers. These activities have included: participation in living history timelines, tours of the Western Front and Germany, and archival research.
Site Last Updated 31 Mar. 2017 (2017)