About “Gott mit uns”

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GOD WITH US –  Nobiscum deus (Gott mit uns) was a battle cry of the late Roman Empire and of the Byzantine Empire, used for the first time in German by the Teutonic Order. In the 17th century, the phrase Gott mit uns was used as a ‘field word’, a means of recognition akin to a password, by the army of Gustavus Adolphus at the battles of Breitenfeld (1631), Lützen (1632) and Wittstock (1636) in the Thirty Years’ War. In 1701, Frederick I of Prussia changed his coat of arms as Prince-Elector of Brandenburg. The electoral scepter had its own shield under the electoral cap. Below, the motto Gott mit uns appeared on the pedestal.

The Prussian Order of the Crown was Prussia’s lowest ranking order of chivalry, and was instituted in 1861. The obverse gilt central disc bore the crown of Prussia, surrounded by a blue enamel ring bearing the motto of the German Empire Gott Mit Uns.

At the time of the completion of German unification in 1871, the imperial standard bore the motto Gott mit uns on the arms of an Iron Cross. Imperial German 3 and 5 mark silver and 20 mark gold coins had Gott mit uns inscribed on their edge.

In the First and Second World Wars german soldiers had Gott mit uns inscribed on their Belt Buckles.

To the Germans it was a rallying cry, “a Protestant as well as an Imperial motto, the expression of German religious, political and ethnic single-mindedness, or the numerous unity of altar, throne and Volk”.

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16 thoughts on “About “Gott mit uns”

  1. This is wonderful, a human look at conflict. I ironically had a French Grandfather involved at one stage in killing in Italy, the home of my Italian Grandfather. Of course there’s my Ukranian great uncle that had to work in a German POW camp, later imprisoned in a British POW camp and after the war married to his French/British jail Warden.
    You can see why I like your site.
    Please retain the human stories with no political bias, just acknowledgement of the necessities placed upon normal humans during a different time

  2. Dear Bob
    You know that I am an old admirer from Brazil. You have made a superb historical and military work showing us the other side of the wire. Thank you for all that. Considering the difficulties of the language, we are more confortable to read english sites and english histories about the Great War. Thank you a lot for your work.
    Rogerio de Oliveira Souza – Brazil

  3. Great site Rob, your dedication to bringing to life a German perspective is very interesting, as an Englishman whose grandfather fought against the German Army in WW2.
    All these normal people thrown together by historical events is a reminder of how crazy conflicts are.

  4. Fantastic site. Yesterday was the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Lake Narocz,do you have any material on that?

  5. Hi Rob, Thank you for sharing. The Verdun videos are fascinating and I look forward to reading more of your website. I would like to talk with you regarding working together. I can’t find a direct contact for you so please email me. Many thanks, Nikki

  6. Interesting website. I served in US Army infantry 20 years and spent 5 years stationed in Germany. Also found out I have a great uncle who was an officer in Prussion Army in 1870’s. I have his picture in his uniform but don’t know much more about him. If I send you his picture can you help me figure out what he was?

      • This photo is my great uncle, Carl Kretzschmer taken about 1891 in Leipzig . Family lore is that he was a Colonel in the Prussian Army. I am trying to identify the uniform he is wearing and to get more information about him. Can you point me in the right direction? Thank you so much.

        Will King

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  7. Hi Rob
    Just viewed your site for the first time to take a look at the Verdun video interviews – fascinating to see these, thanks for posting them
    Wonder if you can help me? I’ve spent 35 years researching the life and career of the British cartoonist Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather (1887-1959) who became famous during WW1 for his Fragments from France cartoons and as creator of the character Old Bill. In the 1930’s the Germans apparently reproduced one of Bairnsfather’s cartoons in their Military training manual. The cartoon shows two Tommies in the remains of a farmhouse at the front, with a large shell hole in the wall behind them. One Tommy says “Who made that ‘ole?” and the other replies “Mice!” The Germans added a note that it was not mice but a German shell that made the hole! Have never seen a copy of this manual but would very much like to find one and get a copy for my Bairnsfather archive. Have you ever heard of it or do you know anywhere that might have a copy?
    Would very much appreciate any help you can give me in my search.
    You can see more about Bairnsfather at http://www.brucebairnsfather.org.uk and I’m also on Twitter @BBairnsfather.
    Thanks again.
    Mark Warby

  8. A great site, full of interesting information. Let us not forget the ordinary men, and women, from all sides who experienced the horrors and hardships of the Great War, regardless of political opinion.
    Danke,
    Darryl

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