K.u.K. Infanterie Regiment Nr. 61

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Welcome to the on-line home of the kaiserlich und königlich Infanterie Regiment "Ritter von Frank," Nr. 61. Our goal is to honor and preserve the memory of all those who fought in the Great War of 1914-1918, epsecially those of Austria-Hungary. Based in Southern California and as members of the Great War Historical Society, we particpate in various "living history" activites, including battle re-enactments, historical displays and educational events, with the aim of promoting a better understanding of the First World War.

NEW - See our "Original Photos" PageNEW - See our "Regimentsgedenkstag" Page.

Why Austria-Hungary? Why I.R. 61?

Despite the fact that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Habsburg Empire, was the event that ignited the First World War, Austria-Hungary is the most overlooked and least understood of the principle beligerents. Already an anachronism by the dawn of the 20th century, the Alte Monarchie presents fascinating study in the promises and perils of multi-culturalism. With its many languages, ethnic and and religous groups and its staggeringly complex bureaucracy, Austria-Hungary holds many surprises and delights for the student of history and provides valuable insights into the development of Central Europe.

I.R. 61 was a virtual microcosm of Austria-Hungary in the First World War. With its recruiting area in the Banat region, centered around the city of Temesvár (now Timisoara, Romania), the 61st drew roughly equal numbers of ethnic Germans, Magyars and Romanians, with a dash of Poles, Ruthenes, Serbs and Croats. Soldiers of the 61st served in most of the major theaters of operations, including the Balkans, the Eastern Front, the Italian Front and even spent the final months of the war on the Western Front. The men of the 61st fought bravely and well until the empire they had sworn to defend had ceased to exist.

Interested? Take a look around our website and be sure to check out the links page. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Upcoming Events

March 28-30, 2014
GWHS Trench Battle
(GWHS Members Only)

April 5-6, 2014
IR 61 Regimentsgedenkstag
(IR 61 Members Only)

July 12-13, 2014
Old Fort MacArthur Days

September 27-28, 2014
Eastern Front Event
(GWHS Members only)

November 07-09, 2014
GWHS Trench Battle
(GWHS Members Only)

Recent Events

November 02-03, 2013
GWHS Trench Battle
(GWHS Members Only)


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