K.u.K, HRM Official Order No. 4
Members of the K.u.K. HRM:
- On this November 12th (Old Imperial Day), it is especially fitting that we, the Knights, Canons, and members of the Restoration Movement commemorate those who in the last days of the Second War of Austrian Succession (the Great War), served loyally and with distinction to the end.
- Therefore, we honor in particular on this day, Walter von Schuschnigg (cousin of Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg and supporter of HI&RM Otto in the United States during the Third War of Austrian Succession), and the Cadets of the Maria Theresian Military Academy and the Traiskirchen Artillery Academy under his command.
- In the November of 1918 when the armies of the Empire were on all fronts defeated, our Emperor and King Karl was abandoned by the Imperial-Royal Guard save for a few officers who would not break their oaths of loyalty, and left practically defenseless in the Schönbrunn Palace:
Then something extraordinary happened. Out of the blue, and without being summoned, the young cadets from the military academies of Wiener Neustadt and Traiskirchen appeared, immaculate in full kit, to guard their sovereign. For Otto and his siblings, these boys, many of whom were barely in their teens, were not seen as new guards so much as new playmates. “We were delighted about the young people from the Academies who, after all, were relatively closer to our own age. We played games with them in the gardens around the palace and it was all happy-spirited.*”