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I think Infanterie Regiment 40

This photo is most interesting to me. Should we discuss here or on a new thread?

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Nice photo, Chris!

I´ve got an interesting photo according to yours!

The saxon Reserve-Jg-Btl.25 was set-up by the Ers./s.Jg.Btl.13.

Here is a photo with both units! s.ResJg.Btl.25 and s.Jg.Btl.13

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No. It was a prussian unit. So they surely didn´t have the idea to confuse prussian collectors... ;)

No idea for the "R"?

The very last tip: In english language the "R" would be an "B"

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Yes, I´ll wait. But I hope, this thread will not be forgotten... Chip might know the solution. But, anyway, he will be busy with your other thread (soulder board Jg.Rgt.3), Chris... :whistle:

Edited by The Prussian

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arb   

Here's a weak guess-

Tschako = Jäger, R = Radfahrer (Bicycle in English), but I can't figure out 151. At mobilization only the Jäger Batl. had a bicycle company and there were only 36 (18 reserve) Jäger Batls. Even later on, only 5 bike battalions (1 Brigade) were formed.

So, anyone else have any ideas?

Andy

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That´s right Andy! Bravo!!!

At mobilization, each Jg.Btl. had 2 bicycle-companies (Jg.Btl. 10 and 1st bavarian has 3 companies ; active and reserve 8 only had one).

During the war, more companies were set-up, so too the Radfahr-Kompanie Nr.151. First in the 6th Reserve-Division. After the re-organization of the bicycle-bataillons, it later came to the 5th bicycle-bataillon

The 5th bataillon (after re-organization) consisted of:

Staff

1st bicycle comp.Jg.Btl.6

2nd bicycle comp. Jg.Btl.6

Bicycle comp. 151

1st bicycle comp. Jg.Btl.14

2nd bicycle comp. Jg.Btl.14

Bicycle comp. 54

MGK

Because the 151 was the only unit, wearing Tshakos, and we see a Jäger uniform with Karabiner, it´s the Radfahrer-Kompanie Nr.151.

I think, it´s a nice, rare photograph

Edited by The Prussian

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arb   

Andy,

Thanks for the very clear explanation! It is amazing how many different types of units were raised during the war. I do not believe that most references (in English at least) actually mention the bicycle companies and later batallions in any detail. So, your photo and comments are a very welcome addition.

Andy

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Andy,

you´re right! The best informations about the "filedgrey.-bikers"- formation you can get in the "Zeitschrft für Heereskunde", N° 185 and 186 (from 1963).

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Chip   

For the Bluse, enlisted Prussian Radfahrertruppen wore a graugrün Jäger type strap with hellgrün piping and the unit number in red. Bavarian Radfahrer units wore a hellgrün strap with a yellow script "R", some having a yellow Roman numeral beneath. A Württemberg decree from March 19, 1917 proscribed a Prussian type Jäger strap, but with a red "R" and a red arabic company number beneath it.

Here is one of the Prussian types from the Res.Radfahrer-Komp.Nr.78. Any guesses to identify the other one (201)?

Chip

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