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  1. I know this is a long time past, but there were actually 23 independent Minenwerfer battalions in the Imperial German Army, vice 13. Paul
  2. Oh, my heart went pitter-patter for a moment. I've been trying to get a copy of Nr. 119 from 1934 for almost a year. Oh well, guess I need to keep trying. Paul
  3. I apologize, I wanted to post something earlier to follow up on Chris' series of posts. If I may go back to 29 February 1916 (1916 was leap year). Faced with ever increasing losses on the east bank, both from the fighting there, and the flanking fire from the French artillery on the west bank, Falkenhayn releases reserves to broaden the attack to the west bank. These forces had been available in OHL reserve before the attack began, but were held out of 5th Army's control. From the standpoint of the initial objective of the attack (Falkenhayn's objective)--namely the seizure of th
  4. Chris, Have you tried "The Handbook of the Russian Army, 1914,"? That would be a good english-language referenc to start with... Paul
  5. Hello Chris, Don't know what to tell ya. As far as anything I've read the nearest a 30,5cm Austrian gun came to Verdun was what I posted a few months ago. There definitely weren't any there during the battle in 1916. Paul
  6. Chris, Perhaps better said they approached their goals in a different fashion. The orders were to seize the first line only, or if meeting resisitance in the first line return to the jumping off points. The commander of VII. RK realized he had about 1500 meters of open ground to cover, and I don't think he relished crossing it on the second morning, so he decided to take all his men across and not lose the element of surprise. The other two corps commanders followed the orders more to the letter. The goals were set out, and guidance given, but as was often times found in the German A
  7. On 21 February 1916 the German 5th Army started its offensive at Verdun. The attack had originally been scheduled to start on 12 February, but had been delayed due to bad weather. The initial bombardment lasted nine hours, concentrating on the French front lines, Verdun, various forts in the fortress system, and the communications routes leading to Verdun and the French IInd Army. The German infantry left their trenches late in the day, 1700, and the nature of the actions varied with each of the German assault Corps. On the right flank, the VII. R.K launched a general attack, in wave
  8. Chris, I guess it would depend on the construction. I know there are complete bunker complexes still at Verdun. I had a friend who did his doctorate research there in the forests (hard work, but someone has to do it) and he did some exploration of these complexes. Paul
  9. Joe, I think as a trooper I'd be pretty happy there. I see duckboards and what look like the entrancres to big bunkers--dry feet and cover--always good Paul
  10. Chris, Thanks for starting this up. As you know, the plug on the old Verdun forum Jens mentioned above was pulled without any warning at all--leaving the members without any chance to form another group. I should mention that Jen's himself was not involved in the poor handling of this closure. Hopefully we can have some good discussions here. Paul
  11. Chris is absoultely right. It's an interesting term, and one that can cause confusion even today. A Beamter is as Chris described, but can have the somewhat negative connotation of someone who sits on his arse and get's paid to make your life difficult. I asked this in Austria as well, and was told the same thing. When I told a good German friend I was a "Beamter" (I'm a government employee) he laughed and said, "Jetzt muss' ich zweimal "Sie" sagen!" That gave me a good laugh. edit: Wanted to add, that I think the perfect example of a Beamter is the old position of "Bezir
  12. Glenn, Maybe it was a marketing decision. The Fussartillerie volumes will have to be massive, and I would imagine would take a great deal of time to put together. I've been working at the archives in Freiburg and Stuttgart on this, and it is a wonderfully complex topic! Paul
  13. Too bad they aren't doing the Fussartillerie first--that's an arm that could use a good reference book for formations. Paul
  14. Thanks Rick, Living in this area I'm always interested in these State awards. It's amazing what the archives of Hessen hold on the state forces before 1866. Makes me a bit jealous being a Great War guy!! Paul
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