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Artillery Target List Update

IrishGunner

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With the Centenary of the First World War approaching, I feel it's a good time to revive this blog and update the target list for my "plan" to acquire items from as many Imperial German Artillery regiments as feasible. As of January 2014, I've collected at least one item from 117 different Artillery Regiments and from 44 other artillery batteries/battalions/munitions columns; as well as dozens of photos of artillery pieces and soldiers from unknown units. I've added Austrian, Bulgarian, Turkish, French, British and Commonwealth, American, Italian, Belgian, Russian, and Serbian units and artillery pieces to the mix. Most of these items are post cards and I've posted many of them on GMIC.

The Imperial German Artillery consisted of two primary types: Field (or Light) Artillery (Feld-Artillerie) and Foot (or Heavy) Artillery (Fuss-Artillerie). Artillery regiments could be further identified as either Prussian or Bavarian; since Bavaria's Army remained nominally independent after German unification in 1871. Artillery regiments from Württemberg, Saxony, Baden, and the other German States became elements of the Prussian Army, but still maintained their unique State identity. Prussian and Bavarian artillery consisted of both active and reserve regiments; there were also Gebirgs-Artillerie (mountain artillery), Landwehr and Landsturm artillery units, as well as munitions columns for artillery ammunition transport. Specialized units also were associated with the artillery, such as Artillerie-Messtruppe (survey units) and Feld-Flieger Abteilungen Artillerie (aviation units for artillery observation). In addition to Fuss-Artillerie regiments, there were separate batteries and battalions of heavy artillery. The German Navy also fielded Marine Artillery units (Matrosen-Artillerie) and manned coastal defense guns.

Considering the extent of the Imperial German Artillery, I've still a very long way to go to assemble a very representative collection. I also still have the idea in the back of my mind to create a website to combine the items I've collected with some of the history of the regiments and gunners represented by these items. Maybe this will be the year to actually pull the trigger and set up the website. In the meantime, I hope to revive this blog and even write a few articles for the GMIC article section.




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With so much knowledge to hand, this sounds a very good project. Also,

as you point out, there will be a number of possible articles to be written.

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I started out collecting Iron cross Documents... but there are simply too many... so i specialised on Infantry... still too many.... i am getting ready to cut away a loooot of dead wood, and at the end of the day, still dont know if i should collect ALL infantry... or just Active and reserve... tossing Landwehr, Landsturm etc....

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I started out collecting Iron cross Documents... but there are simply too many... so i specialised on Infantry... still too many.... i am getting ready to cut away a loooot of dead wood, and at the end of the day, still dont know if i should collect ALL infantry... or just Active and reserve... tossing Landwehr, Landsturm etc....

I hear you. Even though I have not restricted the type of item from each regiment - I will take any item from a regiment - it still may be too much. But it gives some focus because before I was all over the place.

I still haven't convinced myself to get rid of non-artillery or even non-WWI stuff though. I put a few infantry post cards on eBay (thinking I'd cash in on the "stupid" prices for some photos lately), but you guys aren't buying. :-)

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Just looking in Cron... By the war's end, Germany had:

297 Feld-Artillerie regiments

16 Feld-Artillerie battalions

21 Feld-Artillerie batteries

62 Fuss-Artillerie regiments

230 Fuss-Artillerie battalions

65 Fuss-Artillerie batteries

This includes active, reserve, Landwehr, etc...

359 regiments total... Means with 117 regiments, in 5 years, I've collected 32.6%... 10 years to go.

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What does 'Fuss' mean . Mervyn

"Fuss-Artillerie" = "Foot Artillery" = Heavy Artillery (aka in Britain as Garrison Artillery)

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