Bayer (1872-1917) in 1916
Signed: Wild von Hohenborn.*)
*) von Hohenborn was the Prussian Minister of War.
The only possible assistance in making these plans come true was thought to come from Germany. This also suited their political interests and on January 29, 1915 the Germans made it possible for 200 Finnish students to receive military training in Germany with courses lasting 4-6 weeks. Offices were created for practical arrangements in Stockholm and Berlin, and the students started recruiting in Finland.
The first training course began on February 25, 1915 at Lockstedt camp (now, Hohenlockstedt) in Holstein near Hamburg, with a total of 189 students. To hide the real nature of the course it was called a Pfadfinder (Scout) course. The leader was Major Maximilian Bayer and the trainers were German officers and non-commissioned officers. Jägers, as they later were called, wanted more and wished to prolong the course widening its scope. On August 26, 1915 a decision (see above) was made to raise the number of the trainees to 2,000 men and to make this a strengthened battalion called Lockstedt Training Corps. The battalion was later given the name of the 27th Royal Prussian Jäger Battalion.
At home, a new country-wide recruiting intensified. At this stage senior influential patriots, who previously had doubts about the potential of the Jäger movement, also joined the activity.
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