À la suite
À la suite is a term used in the military to describe people who are entitled to wear regimental uniforms, but who otherwise have no official position. The transfer “in the wake of” best fits the facts. That means: the soldier was assigned to a staff or a unit as superfluous and without a function.
- In Prussia this was the case
- à la suite of the army, e.g. B. those officers who were ordered to perform certain higher positions in non-Prussian army corps in order to ensure that they advance into the Prussian army
- à la suite of regiments , e.g. B. Princely persons and generals as a special award, or officers who were assigned to non-Prussian army corps.
Even particularly skilled surgeons could stand à la suite of a medical corps. They were not integrated into the command structure of a unit, but assigned to it, but had tasks in administration, military management ( war ministry or similar) or in military training centers. People could also stand à la suite with His Majesty if they worked directly to the ruler.
In other German states of the 19th century, including the kingdoms of Bavaria and Saxony , there were officers à la suite . A prominent position meant the rank of general à la suite , which meant the position as a serving adjutant of a ruler, often left as the simultaneous commander of a large association.