The eastern border of Furstenberg is the mighty Krenz River, and it divides Furstenberg from other Balkanian Principalities. Because of this, and especially because the Krenz also borders Rumpwhistle (although north of it's Furstenberg shorelines), the Margravate maintains a riverine navy.
Over the years, this small segment of the Furstenberg military establishment has gained quite a history for its ships and associated men, and has participated in a number of interesting conflicts against other Balkanian powers. Protecting both the ships and naval facilities are a number of companies of naval infantry. These serve as on-shore garrisons for the different naval ports, as well as serving on the capital ships of the navy as marine detachments. They fulfill the typical role - assisting gun crews in combat, providing security for officers, and serving as boarding and shore parties in operations.
Together these various units of naval infantry are the Furstenberg Seebataillone (officially listed as just one battalion, albeit closer to division strength, although never gathered together in one place). It consists of a number of different "companies", but each company can be as large as 600 men. It is the tradition that the troops assigned to either a shore facility or to a single ship are all termed a Company (as in Ship's Company, or the Port Company). The name should not be confused with a typical infantry company (which in the mid 19th century in Furtenberg is about 150 men).
|Furstenberg Seebataillon - 1871|
|Captain Akorn-Tabbac, of the Eiderduck|
As far as actual naval actions in the war, there was some gunplay between the Eiderduck and Urbik river pirates, on the Dukon River, however this is typical in the region and did not seem to have much to do with the conflict against Rumpwhistle.
The three Companies did see action, in a number of different battles, and men of the Duchess Helga company (Seebataillone Co. 1)distinguished themselves at the Battle of Krump's Farm. The whole brigade was brought together after that action, and during the Maduro Valley campaign, fought together as a unit, under command of Port Admiral Kriegwasser, from Thorn He had his whole staff with him, which was a mixed blessing. They were a command that was accustomed to working together, however much of the work they did was to organize ship repairs, supervise operations against river pirates, and handle recruiting and naval logistics.
|Admiral Kriegwasser and his staff.|
In 1871, the uniform of the Seebataillon forces consisted of the typical dark blue tunic, similar to that of the infantry (although with Light Blue collar tabs, and according to the Furstenberg military roles, a "fair amount of gold or red stitching, as befit naval infantry"). They wore sky blue trousers, tending towards a bloused style (although not as much as the zouave trousers of the Drover Highlanders). Rifle and kit were very much the same as the Infantry. Unit distinctions tended to be the name of the ship or port that the company was detached from, stitched around the back of the kepi. A dress shako, with a naval infantry gold plate as a frontspiece, was rarely worn in the field.