| 1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
Ring of Fire - ?
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Europe (born in Germany)|
|Created by:||Eric Flint|
Heinrich Schmidt was a German mercenary during the Thirty Years' War. He wielded an arquebus in Count Tilly's army, and, because he and his men were sent against Ernst Hoffman's forces, were not strafed by Grantville's M-60 and survived the Battle of the Crapper without a scratch. Before the battle, Schmidt was friendly with Gretchen Richter; had he been strong enough to take her from Ludwig, she would have gone with him willingly.
When Schmidt and his men were taken to Grantville as POWs, Gretchen recommended them as good men. Schmidt also spoke English, which helped tremendously. In short order, Schmidt and his 20 followers became the first German recruits in the New United States Army. Schmidt was also responsible for telling the remaining captured mercenaries of both sides from the Battle of the Crapper who weren't exempted that they were outlaws in the New United States and had two days to leave the nation or face death on sight.
Schmidt and his men quickly integrated into the American system, with some help from Tom Simpson. They participated at the Battle of Jena. Schmidt had, on Mike Stearns's orders, quietly told the people of Jena the names of the weapons and equipment the Americans used. And unlike some of his comrades, Schmidt was not worried about how the women soldiers would conduct themselves. The battle was over in a short period of time.
Schmidt was part of the embassy that Grantville sent to Gustavus Adolphus in April, 1632. He was present with Tom Simpson at the Battle of Rain where he witnessed Lennart Torstensson having a frustrating time aiming the new cannons that was presented to him from Grantville. He later participated in defending Suhl where he noticed that the enemy that was attacking the town was a feint, which was according to Albrecht von Wallenstein's plan to directly attack Grantville.
By 1633, Schmidt was promoted to major and commanded a small detachment of US Army soldiers who accompanied Rebecca Stearns, Gretchen Richter, Jeff Higgins, and Jimmy Andersen as part of the embassy to France.
By 1635, Schmidt had been promoted to general, and was in command of the State of Thuringia-Franconia's National Guard.