Batallon de Cazadores

No. 25 “de la Patria” (25th  Rifle Battalion)

Battle Re-enactment and Living History Organization

by Robert Leinweber

The members of the No. 25 “de la Patria” ready for action!
Coming soon! Uniform, weapons and equipment information
Click here to read about the original military unit!

The “Patria Battalion” was reborn in February of 1998 in preparation for the centennial of the Spanish-American War. The primary drive behind its formation was to fulfill the need for accurate portrayals of the Spanish colonial land forces that served in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines prior to and during the Spanish-American War.

Although our primary portrayal is that of a Spanish Rifle Battalion that served in Puerto Rico, we are still able to fit into other living history & battle scenarios which portray fighting in Cuba, Guam or the Phillipines. We are able to do this because most of the uniforms, equipment and weaponry were the same throughout the various island garrisons with subtle differences existing within each garrison.

The organization has come a long way from its humble beginings in 1998 but we still have a long way to go. Today the unit is headquartered in Illinois but also has members in Ohio. Members of the unit travel throughout the United States to take part in living history and battle re-enactments.

Unlike the American Army there is little information that is readily available here in the U.S. or Spain concerning the various aspects of the Spanish colonial army which fought in the Spanish-American War. This lack of information has made the accurate portrayal of the Spanish difficult but quite rewarding. A lot of progress has been made in the last three years but those of us portraying the Spanish have a lot more work to do before we can consider our portrayal to be more than adequate.

Events in which the unit has participated (not a complete list, of course):

Spanish-American War Centennial Re-enactment - Palestine, TX – 1998
Ft. St. Clair Time Line Re-enactment – Eaton, OH – 1999, 2000
U.S.A.W.S. Annual Event – Montauk Point, NY – 2000

Filming projects in which the unit has participated:

Crucible Of Empire: The Spanish American War ” by PBS

The group's mission:

Our mission is not only to give the public a chance to see the uniforms, equipment and weapons of the Spanish colonial army of 1898. It is also to provide a glimpse at the human aspect of what so many times history only refers to as “the enemy.” In the end we are all still men.

¡Viva Espana!

This unit is also a member of  U.S.A.W.S.

If you would like to join or find out more about this organization, contact by email, or write:

    Robert A. Leinweber
    P.O. Box 73
    Easton, IL 62633


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