Jenesien rifle company

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Jenesien Rifle Company
(SK Jenesien)
purpose sociopolitical, societal and cultural tasks
Chair: Andreas Wenighofer
Establishment date: 1976 (re-establishment)
Number of members: 34
Seat : Jenesien, South Tyrol ItalyItalyItaly 

The rifle company Genesio is a rifle company from the same village Genesio in South Tyrol .


The Jenesien rifle company is mentioned by name for the first time as a contingent at the siege of Greifenstein Castle in 1416. During the coalition wars in 1796, the Jenesien rifle company took part in the victorious battles in Segonzano and in the Fiemme Valley on September 27th and November 1st and 2nd ( February 20, 1797) in Faedo and Palai im Fersental (March 2, 1797.) Under the command of Captain Franz Josef Lechtleitner, the Hall company was detained and the French expelled from Palai. For this he and the company were awarded the gold medal of honor.

"Jos (ef) Franz Lechtleitner head (man) of the company of Jenesien ... proves by testimonies of the kken H (errn) G (ener) almajor Baron Vukassovich (...) that the dangerous outpost services for which he and his company offered himself, and was dedicated, endowed with such effect, and had so swayed the enemy through his bravery that in the end he only had the courage to show himself at the furthest distance. [...] finally the company should also be given the larger medal of honor to be attached to the flag "

During the Bergisel battles on May 25 and 29, 1809, the Jenesien rifle company with captains Josef Wiedenhofer and Jakob Taber was under the direct command of Andreas Hofer. On November 20 and 21, 1809, despite the Peace of Vienna on October 14, the last skirmishes with the French took place in Jenesien itself, in which the Algund rifle captain Peter Thalguter and eleven other riflemen were killed. In 1848 several Tyrolean rifle companies voluntarily took part in the Italian campaign, including the Jenesien rifle company. In 1910 the rifle flag, donated by the Oberkofler-Kreuzweger family, was solemnly consecrated. During the fascist era, the flag was brought to Innsbruck to safety. On October 17, 1948, the rifle flag was brought back to Jenesien by Georg Pichler. In the fifties it received an award as the second most beautiful flag in Tyrol. In 1988 it was restored and rededicated. In order to protect this valuable flag, the Jenesien Rifle Company purchased a second flag in 2001.

Young shooters of the SK. Jenesien

After South Tyrol was incorporated into the state of Italy in 1920, the company was banned by the fascists and dissolved. This ban lasted until 1958. In 1978 the rifle company was re-established by 15 Jenesien citizens. Alois Egger was elected first rifle captain. The company's costume was renewed in 1999. Hendrik van den Driesch has headed the company as captain since January 2014. The honorary captain is Werner Wenighofer, the long-time ensign Franz Schatzer was made an honorary lieutenant in 2014.

In 2014, the Schützenenkompanie Jenesien appointed two honorary members for the first time due to their excellent work for the shooting community: the mayor of the community of Jenesien, Paul Romen and the pastor of the parish of Jenesien, Peter Stuefer.

First World War

After the threatened declaration of war by Italy and the associated appeal of the Tyrolean and Vorarlberg k.k. Standschützen was alerted to the Standschützen Battalion Gries with the companies Gries (1st company), Jenesien / Afing (2nd company), Terlan / Andrian / Vilpian / Mölten / Flaas (3rd company) on May 18, 1915 and advanced on May 20th the monastery in Gries at a field mass, held by Prelate Alphons M. Augner, sworn in again. The battalion's commanding officer was Standschützen major Josef Mumelter-Möckl . On May 21st he moved to Bozen and from there by train to Trento - Calliano .

Until March 1917, the company commander was the butcher Karl Unterlechner from Gries as a Standschützen lieutenant ; the platoon commander was the landowner Josef Hafner-Castrizzi, also from Gries, until April 1918 as a Standschützen lieutenant.

From Calliano, the riflemen marched 12 kilometers to Vielgereuth , where they were distributed to the individual defensive positions.

The section between the Sommo and Serrada fortifications was assigned to the 2nd Company . The company began to expand the positions and to deploy a guard detachment on the Plaut (1701 m). They lay here until April 9, 1916, when they withdrew to Väldelöder near Lagertaldorf for restoration . In May, the Standschützen from the Gries battalion took part in the spring offensive together with those from Glurns , Imst , Kufstein and Brandtal , with 20 dead and 15 wounded on 25 May alone. The battalion had to be reduced to one company because of the high number of people who were killed, wounded, or sick, and because of physical ailments. Until November 1, 1916, operations followed on the slope of Zugna Torta and then on Monte Creino above the Loppiatal north of Lake Garda . In the spring of 1917, the company moved to the section on the Cima Presanella . In the spring of 1918 it went back to Lake Garda. From July 1st, the mission followed in the area of Monte Adamello - Carè Alto . From May 1918, the riflemen were used to carry food from the Malga Pedruc in Val di Genova ( Trentino ) to the heights of the Carè Alto and the Busazza, as well as to transport the wounded.

At the end of the war, the majority of the Standschützen tried to get home via Carisolo - Madonna di Campiglio , but most of them ended up as prisoners of war.

Malga Pedruc in Val di Genova - base of the Standschützen from May 1918. Photo of the ascent to the Busazza

Stand overview of the Standschützenkompanie Jenesien / Afing

  • October 21, 1915
3 officers
98 teams
10 horses
Combat strength = 94 rifles
2 × two-horse wagons
1 × cabin
  • December 15, 1915
5 officers
86 teams
8 horses
Combat strength = 78 rifles
2 × two-horse wagons
1 × cabin
  • December 26, 1915
5 officers
87 teams
7 horses
Combat strength = 80 rifles
2 × two-horse wagons
1 × cabin
2 ailing


  • Wolfgang Joly: Standschützen. The Tyrolean and Vorarlberg Imperial and Royal Standschützen formations in the First World War. Organization and commitment (Schlern writings 303). Universitätsverlag Wagner: Innsbruck 1998. ISBN 3-7030-0310-3

Individual evidence

  1. Jenesien am Tschögglberg, page 914
  2. ^ Tiroler Landesarchiv - Schützen- und Schießstandwesen - 3.2.10, slipcase 45, folder B, no. 2,3,4 (1801)
  3. ^ Tyrolean State Archives - Riflemen and Shooting Range, Protocols 1796/97 - Fasc. 24
  4. The Tyrolean War of Freedom 1809 - Schemfil Viktor. - Innsbruck: Wagner 2007. page 151
  5. Jenesien am Tschögglberg. Page 914
  6. The rifle flags of the Bozen-Süd Tiroler Unterland districts (page 83)
  7. NCOs were among the teams

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