Military records

This guide was last updated in 2009

Sadly for researchers, the German and Prussian Army and Navy records were all destroyed in the Battle for Berlin in 1945.

Some military records of the formerly independent states, such as Hanover (pre 1867), Hesse (pre 1867), Bavaria (pre 1919), Württemberg (pre 1919) and Baden (pre 1919), are kept in the relevant state archives.

When the Electorate of Hanover, George III’s home state, was conquered by Napoleon, the former Hanoverian Army escaped to England where they were reformed as the King's German Legion in the British Army.

The full records are partly at the National Archives at Kew and partly in the archives in Hanover. They cover 1806-1815 and include many volunteers from other German states who fought the French invaders.

Emigration documents
previous Step
Visiting Germany
next Step
We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here