À la suite

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À la suite is a military term that denoted persons who were entitled to wear a regimental uniform but were otherwise without official position. The rendering “in the wake of” best captures the facts. That is, the soldier was assigned to a staff or unit as supernumerary and without function.

In Prussia these were
  • à la suite of the army, e.g. officers who were commanded into non-Prussian army corps for the performance of certain higher service positions in order to guarantee them advancement into the Prussian army
  • à la suite of regiments, e.g. princely persons and generals as a special distinction, or officers who were commanded to non-Prussian army corps.

Specially qualified surgeons could also be à la suite of a medical corps. They were not incorporated into the command structure of a troop unit, but were assigned to it, but had duties in the administration, military management (war ministry or similar) or in military training schools. Persons could also stand à la suite of His Majesty if they worked directly for the sovereign.

Officers à la suite also existed in other German states of the 19th century, including the kingdoms of Bavaria and Saxony. An outstanding position was the rank of General à la suite, which meant the position as serving adjutant of a ruler, often leaving the service position as commander of a large unit.

See also

  • out of service
  • Z. D. (military language)
  • List of military abbreviations

Web links

  • A la suite in the Universal Encyclopedia of the Present and Past (1857) at, there for comparison also references to definitions in other encyclopedias of the 19th and 20th century