GWA German Units

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Leib Rgt

Königliche Bayerische
Leib Regiment

An "old-line" GWA unit, the "Leib Regiment" portrays one of the Bavarian elite units. They provide a service to the GWA by doing a "Feldgendarmarie" or military police impression at events.

5 Sturm

5. Sturm-Pionier-Bataillon

Original unit of the Great War Association which portrays the famous unit known as the "test-bed" of the Stoßtruppen. This unit is out of the Northeast, with many members in the New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania area.

8 Kurr

3./Kürassier-Regiment Graf Gessler
(Rheinisches) Nr. 8

The 8th Kürassier-Regiment was not a front-line infantry unit; although its men and officers certainly saw front-line service, the eight Prussian Kürassier 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).

The 8. Kürassier 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.

2./14 . Pi.Btl.

12. Minenwerfer-Kompagnie

The 12th Minenwerfer Kompagnie is the only dedicated mortar unit within the Great War Association (GWA). Twice a year, we gather with other member units for a private battle at the GWA owned site, outside of Newville, Pennsylvania for a weekend of living history and recreated battles. These reenactments often have an attendance exceeding 350, with people from all over the country and occasionally as far away as Europe and Australia. Between the major GWA events, our members travel to other regional reenactments and living history events to display and demonstrate our collection of WWI equipment.

2./14 . Pi.Btl.

2. Badisches
Pionier-Bataillon 14 (2./Pi.Btl. 14)

Willkommen! We are living historians that portray the recreated 2. Kompagnie Badisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr.14 from the Grand Duchy of Baden (Das Großherzogtum Baden). Our impressions are focused on the latter half of the First World War from the years 1917 through 1918 as Stoßtruppen or pionier (pioneer) shock troops as utilized in the latter part of the war. Our unit is made up of people mainly from the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern and Mid-West areas of the United States. We are also full members of the Great War Association and adhere to their policies and guidelines. Since we portray a late-war Pionier Kompagnie we are an active group that is seeking motivated new members that are looking for a unit with high authenticity standards and a physical and energetic impression. The unit is lead by Chris Snyder who has been in involved with the WWI and WWII German reenacting community for about 14 years. The unit second in command is Josh Snyder (no relation), he has been reenacting over 7 years and is also the unit commander for F Co . 2Bn 442Rct, a US WWII living history and reenacting organization. If you are interested in joining our unit please send us an email at the address provided below or contact us through Facebook at

Again this is an energetic impression that will involve trench raids, wire parties and trench fortification all while keeping authenticity in mind. Our primary mission is to promote education about The Great War as well as good kameradschaft (camaraderie) among our members and not forgetting to have fun in the process!


20. Maschinengewehr

One of the original founding units of the GWA, the 20.MGSS has been around a long time and so has a good impression built-in. They have numerous original machine guns and an OUTSTANDING trench section at the GWA's Newville site.


1. Infanterie-Regt Nr. 23
"Von Winterfeldt"
(2. Oberschlesisches)

First Kompagnie of the Imperial German Infantry Regiment,  "von Winterfeldt" Nr. 23 (2. Oberschlesisches). A Living History as well as reenactment unit that stresses Kameradschaft and doing it right. No screaming, no yelling, just the German Army.

Who We Are

J.R. 23 is a reenacting and living history organization dedicated to learning about life on the Western Front during the First World War. We do this through what we call "experimental archeology." Our goal is to portray typical German infantrymen of the Great War, not only by accurately recreating his appearance, but also by researching and demonstrating his life, duties and occasional pastimes as he experienced them at and near the front. This portrayal may sometimes be seen by the public at special events, but it is best understood and fully appreciated by unit members themselves. This is part of what we call "living history"--the assimilation of historical knowledge by experiencing it firsthand for oneself.

The Historical Impression

There are three main facets to a historical impression (termed the "3M's" by Erich Tobey), and they all are of equal importance: Man, Minutiae, and Methods. When we get too far advanced in one area, we stop and improve on the other two. Man refers to the person inside the uniform--without knowing something about the German man, you can't portray a German Soldier convincingly. In this category, we include things like German culture, personal appearance, language, and mannerisms. Minutiae is all the "stuff" related to the soldier: uniforms, equipment, personal effects, etc. A very obvious and therefore important aspect, but by no means any more important than either of the other two. Methods are the ways in which the man used his minutiae. This includes drill, combat techniques, camp chores, unit organization, etc. J.R. 23 participates in events on the East Coast.

Hoch dem Kaiser!!


3. Kompagnie Infanterie-Regiment Kaiser Karl
von Österreich und König von Ungarn
(4. Oberschlesisches) Nr. 63

J.R. 63 is an Imperial German unit, it participates in living history events as well as reenactments. J.R. 63 is an authentic unit that does things right!

Our goal is to learn history by experiencing as much of it as we can, in a safe and supportive environment. We do this, not only by accurately recreating the appearance of the typical infantryman, but also through researching and demonstrating his daily life, duties, and occasional pastimes as he experienced them at and near the Front.

Infanterie-Regiment 63 may be seen by the public at special events around the country. But membership in the organization is best appreciated at the privately owned Great War Association battlefield located near Newville, Pennsylvania. On this 80-acre site, we have recreated as closely as possible a Western Front battlefield, complete with trenches, barbed wire, shell holes, bunkers and machine gun nests.


3./ Füsilier-Regiment Generalfeldmarshall
Prinz Albrecht von Preußen
(Hanoversches) Nr. 73

Is a unit dedicated to the recreation of Hanoverians in the service of the Prussian crown and the Greater German Empire.

We as a unit find that camaraderie grows out of the time spent both in and out of the field with one another; fostering a greater sense of what the average soldier might have experienced as well as striving to create a greater sense of community in the hobby at large.

Our unit tends to focus itself on the tactical aspects of the reenactment , whilst trying to maintain the utmost standards of authenticity. In a late war timeline the compagnie adopts a stosstrp. impression as this is what its original counterpart was.

To find out more about us or the unit we recreate, please feel free to contact a member or simply walk down and introduce yourself.


10./Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches
Füsilier-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm NR.90

F.R. 90 is a World War One Reenactment and Living History Group that allows collectors and historical interpreters to come together and explore the "Art of Trench Warfare." We have become one of the newest Central Powers unit to join the ranks of the Great War Association" which is more commonly known as the GWA. The GWA strives to honor all the original participants of the First World War through battle reenactments and educational activities. The GWA is an umbrella organization for several hundred WW1 historical interpreters that come together and participate in one of the 20th Century's most horrible conflicts. We participate in re-enactments at the Caesar Krauss Great War Memorial Site near Newville, Pennsylvania.


Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 92
(I. Braunschweigisches)

I.R. 92 is one of the the older and largest German units of the GWA. The unit was formed to recreate a specific unit, one from the state of Braunschweig with a long history dating back to Napoleonic times. We portray the Imperial German Infantry Regiment Nr. 92 from Brunswick, Germany, a storied unit from the Great War. We have an infantry company, machine-gun company and minenwerfer company, and we place major emphasis on building and recreating trenches and bunkers. Membership is based in the Virginia-Maryland-Pennsylvania area and we have members from New England to the Midwest. IR92 members do living histories and the unit participates in reenactments at the GWA site in Newville, PA.


3. Kompagnie/Infanterie-Regiment König Wilhelm I.
(6. Württembergisches) Nr. 124

Infanterieregiment 124 is a WWI German reenactment unit based out of the Carolinas and Virginia formed in 2001 out of the historic IR 63. With little emphasis placed on non-Preussen and Stoßtruppen units within the Great War Association, IR 124 was created to broaden the spectrum of historical units, while at the same time, to form a unit created for special operations against the Allies.

9. Kompanie, IR 124 was the Kompanie Leutnant Erwin Rommel started the First World War in. In an attempt to honor him and the men he served with, we recreated this distinguished unit. For the latter part of WWI, where the GWA spends so much of their interest, our unit is a regimental Stoßtruppen unit for the purposes of trench raids and attacks with a limited objective.

Members of our unit are unique in that we either prefer to hang out in camp drinking and socializing or coducting trench raids. While we enjoy the reenacting experience, we are not first person impressionists and, in the trenches, we enjoy either horseplay or action, whichever is the current objective of the minute. While WWI is not our primary impression, we do enjoy the historical aspects of it and we strive to ensure our impressions are top notch.

Our philosophie is to portray the ordinary German imperial soldier as he was - and soldiering is a universal experience, whether it is as a Spartan soldier, Roman legionaire, Viking warrior, medieval crusader, Italian sailor, Spanish conquistador, Chickasaw Indian warrior, British infantryman, American patriot artilleryman, Confederate cavalryman, German Stoßtrupp, Marine amtracker, American paratrooper, German Panzergrenadier, or Japanese Naval Infantryman. We enjoy the battles, but more importantly, we enjoy the Kameradschäft of our members.


11./Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 129

The Members of Das Infanterie-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen Nr. 129 (3rd Westpreußisches) 11te Kompanie are proud members of the Great War Association. We are Living Historians who portray the common soldier (Soldat) of the Imperial German Army in order to gain a better understanding of the First World War, the experience of the common soldier, life in the trenches, and to enjoy the kameradshaft of our members.

Everyone within Elfte Kompanie has an equal say on all matters pertaining to the unit. We believe in doing things as correctly as possible and are constantly striving to improve authenticity within our unit whether that means improving uniforms or equipment, practicing drill, learning more of the German language, or making our bunker and section of the trenches appear closer to the way the originals did along the Western Front.

While combat officially ends at 11pm at the GWA National events, the members of JR129 continue to immerse ourselves with wiring parties, mapping parties, guard mounts throughout the night, and a continuation of speaking in First-Person throughout the whole event. The most crucial rule we live by is to have fun, as there would be no reason to do this otherwise.

Our members mainly come from southwestern Ohio, however we also have members residing across the country, including Mississippi and Utah. Most of us have reenacted other time periods, including Ancient Rome, Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II or a combination of these. A few of our members have also been involved with the GWA for over a decade or more. Our collective experience in all of these time periods laid an excellent foundation for the formation of JR129. If you have experienced other time periods, you will understand why World War One is nicknamed the "Reenactor's Reenactment" after you have participated in your 1st event.


8./Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 459

A World War One Reenactment and Living History Group, known as the 8 Kompagnie, Infanterie Regiment Nr. 459 (IR459). IR459 is a group that allows collectors and historical interpreters to come together and explore the "Art of Trench Warfare."

We have been in existance for over 10 years and have been considered to be one of the more authentic units within the Central Powers in the Great War Association (GWA).

We have been known to "jump" outside that normal reenacting box that has made reenacting as we know it as "stale." Because of this we try to bring the smallest attention to authenticity and pay attention to the smallest detail. We also and most importantly, have been bringing the FUN back into reenacting but at the same time, we try to "do it right" and instill in others a drive to do the same!

We participate in two annual living history & tactical events that are hosted at the Great War Association's Battlefield in Newville, PA. Also participate in Military Through The Ages, a timeline "juried" living history at Jamestown Museum in Williamsburg and a couple other smaller events along the East Coast.


5. Kompagnie
Reserve Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 236

The Original RJR 236

The Reserve Infanterie Regiment 236 was formed in September 1914 in the Köln-Deutz area as part of the Reserve Infanterie Division 51. It fought on the Western Front starting mid-October 1914 until Armistice in November 1918. It was involved in several significant actions including the offensive for Hill 185 on March 27, 1917 at Maisons de Champagne.

The Re-created RJR 236

Was formed in 2007 to represent a unit of German Reserve Infantry soldiers of World War I. The re-created RJR 236 was voted in as a GWA member unit in April 2013. Our purpose is to represent the types of soldiers found in reserve infantry units who may not have been as young, fit, or uninjured as soldiers in regular infantry regiments but still saw frontline combat action.

Our members are concentrated in Virginia and Pennsylvania with some in Maryland and Connecticut. We seek to recreate the life of the German soldier at war in the trenches and at rest in the camp/quarters enjoying period foods and beverages, and camaraderie. We seek to attain a high degree of authenticity in our impressions and material culture by careful research and attention to detail. We have over 200 photographs of the original 5. Komp. RJR 236 to assist with our research.

At events at the GWA site in Newville, we have some troops functioning as a machine gun detachment, others on line in the trenches, and sometimes manning a 75mm Krupp artillery piece. As our unit grows we expect to bring other crew served weapons on line.



Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

A historical reenacting unit portraying the German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz) or DRK for short. We are part of the Great War Association and do our part to help the troops.