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This Blog was born from a wet day in Germany, looking at one of the many war memorials in that country and further investigation which led me to notice a lack of reference material with regards to the German Army in World War One.

My work on this project has been made easier by the World Wide Web, but with the information tools at my disposal it has been a constant battle to ensure that the correct information has been included.

This Blog is intended for reference, and will hopefully enable those with an interest in the German Army of World War One to look up with confidence the various units and organisations which contributed to the German war machine.

Monday, 12 May 2014

58th Infantry Division (5th Royal Saxon)


This Army unit was formed on 6th March 1915.

The 58th Division was formed in 1915. 

116th Infantry Brigade

106th (7th Royal Saxon) (King George) Infantry Regiment
107th (8th Royal Saxon) (Prince Johann Georg) Infantry Regiment
120th (Wurttenburg) Infantry Regiment
58th Bicycle Company

4th Squadron/18th Ulhan (2nd Royal Saxon) Regiment

58th Field Artillery Brigade

115th Field Artillery Regiment
116th Field Artillery Regiment
58th Foot Artillery Battalion

115th Pioneer Company
116th Pioneer Company

War Diary

1914 - Western Front
1915 - Eastern Front, Gorlice-Tornow Offensive
1915 - Western Front
1917 - Eastern Front
1918 - Western Front

The 116th Infantry Brigade was previously the 48th Infantry Brigade from the 24th Infantry Division.

The 120th Infantry Regiment was replaced by the 103rd (Royal Saxon) Reserve Infantry Regiment.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

39th Bavarian Reserve Division


This Army unit was formed in October 1914.

The 39th Bavarian Reserve Division was formed on 8th December 1914 from the Rekowski Brigade. It was origionally designated the 39th Reserve Division, but quickly renamed due to its composition.

1st Bavarian Ersatz Infantry Brigade

1st Bavarian Ersatz Infantry Regiment
3rd Bavarian Ersatz Infantry Regiment

9th Bavarian Ersatz Infantry Brigade

80th Landwehr Infantry Regiment
81st Landwehr Infantry Regiment

9th Reserve Hussar Regiment

Ersatz Detatchment/10th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment 
Ersatz Battery/4th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment
Ersatz Battery/8th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment

2nd Company/1st Bavarian Pioneer Battalion
1st Company/3rd Bavarian Pioneer Battalion

It fought on the Western Front

30th Bavarian Reserve Division


This Army unit was formed in August 1914. It was origionally the garrison of Strasbourg.  It spent the entire war on the western front.

On 1st September 1914 it joined the Eberhardt Corps together with the 

60th Reserve Infantry Brigade (broken up at the end of August 1914)

60th Reserve Infantry Regiment
99th Reserve Infantry Regiment

3rd Bavarian Reserve Infantry Brigade (Transffered to the Bavarian Ersatz Division on 3rd October 1914)

4th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment
15th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment

10th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Brigade

11th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment
14th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment
14th Bicycle Detachment
2nd MG Company
3rd Reserve MG Detachment 

5th Bavarian Ersatz Brigade (Transffered into the Division from the Bavarian Ersatz Division on 17th August 1914)

5th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
6th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
7th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
8th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion

Cavalry Detachment Landau

2nd Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment

80th Field Artillery Regiment Ersatz Detachment
84th Field Artillery Regiment 1st Ersatz Battery
14th Reserve Field Artillery Regiment 3rd Battery


50th Infantry Division


This Army unit was formed on 10th March 1915.

The 50th Division was formed in 1915. 

100th Infantry Brigade

39th (Lower Rhine) Fusilier Regiment
53rd (5th Westfallien) Infantry Regiment
158th (7th Lotheringen) Infantry Regiment
50th Bicycle Company

50th Artillery Brigade

99th Field Artillery Regiment
100th Field Artillery Regiment
50th Foot Artillery Battalion

99th Pioneer Company
100th Pioneer Company

It fought on the Western Front

Monday, 5 May 2014

52nd Infantry Division


This Army unit was formed on 6th March 1915.

The 52nd Division was formed in 1915. 

104th Infantry Brigade

66th (3rd Magdaburg) Infantry Regiment from the 7th Infantry Division
169th (8th Baden) Infantry Regiment from the 29th Infantry Division
170th (9th Baden) Infantry Regiment from the 29th Infantry Division
52nd Bicycle Company

4th Squadron/16th Ulan (Hennigs von Treffenfeld) (Altmark) Regiment

52nd Field Artillery Brigade

103rd (Baden) Field Artillery Regiment
104th (Baden) Field Artillery Regiment
52nd Foot Artillery Battalion

103rd Pioneer Company
104th Pioneer Company

The 66th (3rd Magdaburg) Infantry Regiment was replaced by the 111th (Baden) Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm Infantry Regiment on 6th April 1917.

It fought on the Western Front 

48th Landwehr Division


This Army Militia unit was formed on 13th September 1917.

The 48th Landwehr Division was formed in 1917. 

48th Landwehr Brigade

38th Landsturm Infantry Regiment
39th Landsturm Infantry Regiment
47th Landsturm Infantry Regiment

1st Squadron/Guard Reserve Ulhan Regiment


Artillery Command 26
  264th Field Artillery Regiment

It fought on the Western Front

47th Landwehr Division (3rd Royal Saxon)



This Army Militia unit was formed on 7th June 1916.

The 47th Landwehr Division was formed in 1916. Part of XII Royal Saxon Reserve Corps.

47th Landwehr Brigade

104th Landwehr Infantry Regiment
106th Landwehr Infantry Regiment
391st Landwehr Infantry Regiment

2nd Squadron/20th (3rd Royal Saxon) Hussar Regiment

19th Landwehr Field Artillery Regiment

447th Staff Engineer Battalion

1st Reserve Company/22nd Pioneer Battalion
6th Company/22nd Engineer Battalion
347th Mine Thrower Company
382nd Searchlight Section
208th Telephone Detachment
320th Field Signal Troop
426th Field Signal Squad

The Division fought on the Western and Eastern fronts.

46th Landwehr Division (2nd Royal Saxon)


This Army Militia unit was formed on 15th February 1917.

The 46th Landwehr Division was formed in 1917. 

46th Landwehr Brigade

101st Landwehr Infantry Regiment
103rd Landwehr Infantry Regiment
105th Landwehr Infantry Regiment

4th Squadron/17th Uhlan (1st Royal Saxon) (Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, King of Hungary) Regiment

246th Field Artillery Regiment
Landwehr Pioneer Company
404th Searchlight Section
346th Mine Thrower Company
546th Telephone Detachment 

It fought on the Eastern front

45th Landwehr Division (1st Royal Saxon)


This Army Militia unit was formed on 15th February 1917

The 45th Landwehr Division was formed in 1917. 

45th Landwehr Brigade

107th Landwehr Infantry Regiment
133rd Landwehr Infantry Regiment
350th Landwehr Infantry Regiment

4th Squadron/Guards Cavalry Regiment (1st Heavy Regiment)

408th Field Artillery Regiment

4th Reserve Company/22nd Pioneer Battalion
2nd Searchlight Unit
345th Mine Thrower Company

It fought on the Eastern front

Guards Ersatz (Replacement) Division

This Army Replacement unit was formed on 2nd August 1914.

The Guards Ersatz Division was formed in 1914. 

1st Mixed Guard Ersatz Brigade

1st Ersatz Battalion
2nd Ersatz Battalion
3rd Ersatz Battalion
4th Ersatz Battalion

Guards Cavalry Replacement Division Berlin
1st Guards Field Artillery Replacement
2nd Guard Field Artillery Replacement
1st Ersatz Company/Guard Pioneer Battalion 

5th Mixed Guard Ersatz Brigade

5th Ersatz Battalion
6th Ersatz Battalion
7th Ersatz Battalion
8th Ersatz Battalion

Guards Cavalry Replacement Division Pacewalk
38th Field Artillery Replacement
53rd Field Artillery Replacement
1st Ersatz Company/2nd Pioneer Battalion


17th Mixed Guard Ersatz Brigade

17th Ersatz Battalion
18th Ersatz Battalion
19th Ersatz Battalion
20th Ersatz Battalion
77th Ersatz Battalion

Cavalry Replacement Division Posen
20th Field Artillery Replacement
41st Field Artillery Replacement

It fought on the Eastern and Western fronts

Bavarian Ersatz (Replacement) Division


This Army Replacement unit was formed on 2nd August 1914.

The Bavarian Ersatz Division was formed in 1914. 

1st Bavarian Ersatz Brigade

1st Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
2nd Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
3rd Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
4th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion

Ersatz Cavalry Detachment Unit Munich
1st Bavarian Ersatz Field Artillery Battalion
4th Bavarian Ersatz Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Bavarian Ersatz Company/1st Bavarian Ersatz Pioneer Battalion

5th Bavarian Ersatz Brigade

5th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
6th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
7th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
8th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion

Ersatz Cavalry Detachment Unit Landau
2nd Bavarian Ersatz Field Artillery Battalion
12th Bavarian Ersatz Field Artillery Battalion

9th Bavarian Ersatz Brigade

9th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
10th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
11th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion
12th Bavarian Ersatz Battalion

Ersatz Cavalry Detachment Unit Nurnburg
8th Bavarian Ersatz Field Artillery Battalion
10th Bavarian Ersatz Field Artillery Battalion
1st Bavarian Ersatz Company/3rd Bavarian Ersatz Pioneer Battalion

It fought on the Western front.

44th Landwehr (Militia) Division


This Army Militia unit was formed on 15th April 1917.

The 44th Landwehr Division was formed in 1917. 

44th Landwehr Brigade

81st Landwehr Infantry Regiment


93rd Landwehr Infantry Regiment

The Regiment was formed in 1868 as the 93rd Anhalt Landwehr Regiment.  

382nd Landwehr Infantry Regiment

3rd Squadron/2nd Ulhan Regiment (Von Katzler)

154th Artillery Command
270th Field Artillery Regiment

444th Pioneer Battalion




It fought on the Western front

38th Landwehr (Militia) Division


This Army Militia unit was formed on 15th April 1917.

The 38th Landwehr Division was formed in 1917 as an expansion of the 38th Landwehr Brigade. 

38th Landwehr Brigade

77th Landwehr Infantry Regiment
78th Landwehr Infantry Regiment
79th Reserve Infantry Regiment (a composite regiment of the 79th Reserve and 85th Landwehr regiments)

2nd Squadron/17th Brunswick Hussar Regiment

145th Artillery Command

255th Landwehr Field Artillery Regiment

438th Pioneer Battalion

It fought on the Western front


29th Landwehr (Militia) Division


This Army Militia unit was formed in November 1917.

The 29th Landwehr Division was formed in 1917 from the expansion of the 29th Landwehr Brigade.  It served on the Western and Eastern fronts. 

29th Landwehr Brigade

28th Landwehr Infantry Regiment
29th Landwehr Infantry Regiment

5th Squadron, 8th Ulhan Regiment

247th Artillery HQ 

29th Pioneer Battalion
182nd Trench Mortar Company