I Corps is the main formation tasked with defending Germany's western border. Put simply it is the Bundesrepublik's first line of defence should war with France break out again. During the war it was responsible for the southern half of the battlefront and took the main thrust of the French offensive in Baden.
Luftkissenpanzer Division 'Lehr'
'Lehr' has its roots in a special pan-German evaluation and training battalion set up in the late 2280's as part of the program to develop the LkPz-IX. The unit included soldiers from every German State, most of whom were veterans of the Central Asian War. In 2292 this unit was expanded to brigade size to become the lead brigade of the new national army and its success would see the creation of other units and indeed the unit's expansion to divisional size (although at a cost to overall quality).
When the War erupted the hovertank heavy division, entirely equipped with LkPz-IX's, was at the forefront of the border clashes. Launching fierce counter-attacks and gaining an excellent reputation, the French truly feared the Lehr division. However theses successes came at a price and casualties were heavy. Although the unit dwindled to Kampfgruppe size it never left the line and under its fiery commander General Hartmann continued to be a thorn in the side of the French.
At the end of the war 'Lehr' was rapidly rebuilt as a priority and a year later received an extra brigade group. The division continues to set standards for manoeuvre warfare in the Bundeswehr and it is a prestigious unit to serve with. Also it retains its links with the German arms industry and is very well equipped and cadres from the unit often help with equipment evaluations. Naturally other divisions resent the glamour and battlefield reputation of Lehr, but increasingly as veterans have left the ranks its standards are now not much superior to those other units. It remains one of the most powerful divisions in the army.
6 Luftkissenpanzer Division 'Gespenst'
Prior to its conversion in 2292 6.LkPz Division was the Bavarian on-Earth expeditionary division, much of which was deployed in the CAR. It was the most combat ready formation possessed by the Bavarians and was incorporated into the National Army at the earliest opportunity. As it arrived back it was placed under the command of I Corps in the front-line in the stand-off against France. This was an important political move when the French were loudly proclaiming that Bavaria was occupied against its will.
It had a leadership cadre composed of Central Asian War veterans and with most of the troopers having had a first hand view of French activities in the CAR they had little love for the French. Equipped with LkPz-IX it fought first in Baden and was then transferred to the Picardy front to try and hold open the III Corps corridor in the Meuse area. The division fought against several French units it had served with in the CAR, giving them no quarter at a time when some Bavarian units were seen as a 'soft touch' by the French. This unit retains its proud reputation and high efficiency.
2 Luftkissenpanzergrenadier Division
2.LkPzGren.Div was one of the first units converted to the national army from Saxon state control in 2292. The Division was strongly engaged in cross-Rhine operations and in fighting around Karlsruhe and suffered accordingly. Although converted to the national army standard it includes many of Saxony's more famous regiments, and these have steadfastly retained their identities, especially LzPz.Gren.Abt 51, formerly the Saxon Lieb-Grenadier Bataillon.
30 Gefectspanzergrenadier Brigade
30.GfPzGren Brigade is the descendent of the original Bavarian 'sturmtaktik' trials unit. Rapidly federalised it was placed under the operational command of the newly formed LkPzGr Division 'Deutschland' for the War with France. It was involved in numerous point assaults against French airmobile infantry redoubts on the advance to the Somme, but during the Battle of Picardy the depleted unit eventually failed to adequately suppress the French light anti-tank screen and a war winning break out was prevented. Nevertheless the unit had proven the Sturmtaktik concept and paved the way for the creation of other such units. The brigade was rebuilt and re-assigned as a Corps asset.
This unit is the Corps level recce formation for I Corps and includes an array of assets dedicated to enhancing the situational awareness of the Corps.