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Austrian Military Recruitment within Galicia

Recruiting Soldiers into the Austro-Hungarian Army

 

Use of the massive regimental military records collection microfilmed by the Family History Library at the War Archives in Vienna depends to a large extent on determining the name of the regiment in which a soldier served. There are indexes for locating officers, but not for enlisted men. Finding the name of the regiment into which a soldier enlisted is critical to finding his muster and service record.

 

Soldiers were recruited and enlisted by regiments that had permission to recruit in specific geographical locations throughout the vast empire. The infantry regiments were the primary recruiters, although other types of military units also recruited soldiers directly.

 

A useful tool which shows the locations of regiments stationed throughout the empire is the Location Index for the Imperial Austrian Army and Navy Troops. Dislokations-Verzeichnis des k.u.k. Heeres und der k.u.k. Marine, 1649-1914 / Otto Kasperkovitz, 1969. 320 p.  (Film # 1186632 item 1).

 

The Location Index shows where regiments, battalions, etc. were garrisoned or stationed. If a soldier was married the events of baptism, marriage or burial for family members may have been recorded in the records of the garrison location.

 

Essential Recruitment Location charts are found in Alphons Wrede’s History of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Armed Forces: Geschichte der k. und k. Wehrmacht. Wien: L. W. Seidel & Sohn, 1898-1909.   6 vols. (Film #1186632-1186633). The primary chart is called: Uebersicht der Werb- (Ergänzungs-) Bezirks-Eintheilung von 1781 bis 1889.   It is found in Vol. 1, p.114. The charts show regimental recruiting area assignments over an extended period of time.

 

An expanded version of these charts is found in the following table. This table lists the names of political districts within Galicia and the number of the infantry regiment that had permission to recruit there at the time periods indicated. Infantry regiments were the primary recruiters.

 

State

District

1781

1807

1817

1830

1853

1857

1860

1867

1883

Galizien

Bochnia

12, 57

56

56

56

56

20

20

20

 

Galizien

Brzezany

16, 29

24

24

24

24

58

55

55

55

Galizien

Czortków

27, 49

41

41

.

.

24

58

.

95

Galizien

Jaslo

13, 36

40, 20

10

40

40

40

40

40

90

Galizien

Kolomea

.

41

41

24

24

24

24

24

24

Galizien

Krakau

.

38

.

.

.

56

56

13

13

Galizien

Lemberg

14, 50

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

Galizien

Myslenice

10, 56

15, 56

56

56

56

56

56

56

56

Galizien

Przemysl

24, 59

9

9

10

10

10

10

10

10

Galizien

Rzeszów

26, 45

29, 8

10

40

40

40

40

40

40

Galizien

Sambor

7, 20

44

15

12

10

10, 9

10

77

77

Galizien

Sandec

11, 57

20, 1

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

Galizien

Sanok

3, 54

22, 7

15

12

.

10

77

45

45

Galizien

Stanislau

21, 25

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

Galizien

Stryj

18, 28

58

.

9

9

9

9

9

9

Galizien

Tarnopol

40, 43

46

63

63

15

15

15

15

15

Galizien

Tarnów

17, 55

12, 10

40

57

57

57

57

57

57

Galizien

Zloczów

8, 22

63

63

15

15

15

.

80

80

Galizien

Zólkiew

4, 25

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

89

West Galizien

Kielce-Siedlec

.

38

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

West Galizien

Lublin

.

55

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

West Galizien

Radom

.

50

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

West Galizien

Zamosc

1, 12

23

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

 

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