À la suite

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À la suite was a military title, given to those who were entitled to wear a regimental uniform but otherwise had no official position. It can best be translated as "in the entourage of".

In Prussia, these were:

  • À la suite of the army - for example granted to such officers, who came to command non-Prussian battalions at certain higher ranks, to guarantee their advancement in the Prussian army
  • à la suite of regiments - for example princes and generals as a special honor, or officers who commanded non-Prussian battalions.

Officers and others (for example surgeons were "à la suite of a Sanitätskorps") were thus not inserted into the military command structure, but rather had roles in the administration, military direction (war ministry, or similar) or military education. Also men could be "à la suite of his majesty" if they directly worked for the ruler.

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This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.