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  1. Well, if it isn't a thousand pages, könnte ich vielleicht mit der Übersetzung helfen. And as an artilleryman, I might be able to decipher some of the abbreviations. Just a thought... :whistle:
  2. Damn, the time that must have taken to prepare by hand! In the early days of my artillery career, we would do target lists and overlays ("measle sheets") by hand, but those were cocktail napkin drawings compared to this... Thankfully, not long after we started using computers and digital communications. Thanks for sharing this bit of history. :cheers:
  3. If I read correctly, this source states FAR 9 stayed with Arko 18 until June 1917 - rather than the February 1917 that the other sources suggest. Curiously, "251 Div" places 9 FAR with the 3rd Naval Division only for 1917. Thanks for the reference book tip; I would think the German source would be more accurate. (Fortunately, I am fairly fluent in German!) I have been waiting to buy a bunch of books since I will be moving in a few months and need to be concerned about the shipping weight of our household goods. Will add these to the list.
  4. Ok, I am stuck again. Who said feldartillerie is easier than fussartillerie? I am taking a look at Feld-Artillerie-Regiment General-Feldmarschall Graf Waldersee (Schleswigsches) Nr.9 From "251 Divisions" and from Chronik, I have found FAR 9 with 18. Infantrie Division ... but... but... Only until Feb 1917; then FAR 9 disappears from the Division when the 18. Artillerie-Brigade is dissolved and the Artillerie-Kommandeur 18 is formed (keeping FAR 45). So, any clues where the Itzehoe kanoniers ended up? Please save me from going through my pdf copy of "251 Divs" page by page looki
  5. Andy, see my other post - it is the regimental history for the Fussartl. Regt. 10 I hope you can find it in a library or other archive in Germany.
  6. Here's possibly a good reference - if you can find it somewhere there in Germany: Helmuth Wendlandt: "Niedersächsisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr. 10 im Weltkriege 1914-1918" 1935 Berlin: Freyhoff in Oranienburg.
  7. Here's something just to make it even more interesting; According to "251 Divsions", 1. Abteilung, 10. Fussartl. Regt. 10 (Stab, 1., 3., 4. Batt) were part of the 1. Infantrie Division in 1918. This source has for the 1. Inf. Div: 19 April - 2 May; south of the Somme 2 May - early July; rest vicinity Peruwelz early July; in reserve near Hirson July 16-20; in the line at St. Hilaire During Reims the 1. Inf. Div. fought near Brois de Vrigney Of course, there is no reference specifically in this division history; the heavy artillery could have (and probably did) fire in su
  8. Very interesting documents. Wish I could help you with the FussArtl. Regt. Nr. 10 info... And I wish you luck. :cool:
  9. The gun in #5 just doesn't have enough detail for me to even guess.
  10. Chris, have you read about this tactic for the granatenwerfer anywhere else? "Cunning" is right if this is accurate... The Germans used the Granatenwerfer very cunningly at Verdun: as the sound was so well-known, the French knew the sound of the incoming projectiles only too well, they stayed put in their shelters when the heard the noice, even though the enemy was very close, knowing full well that due to the deadly nature of the grenades, the German couldn’t get up out of their trenches to attack before the whirring “turtledoves” had impacted. What the German did in at least one attack,
  11. The shield seems small from this angle, but it looks like it could be another 15cm sFH. However, this howitzer is not firing. It actually seems to be a damaged gun with the tube out of battery back into the trails. I can't help you with the writing... My Sutterlin capability is very limited.
  12. My vote is for the 15cm schwere FeldHaubitze Model 1913 (15cm sFH 13)
  13. Well done; very cool. Interesting (for this neophyte) to see that the box liners for the Fr. O and the WK are "round" instead of shaped exactly like the crosses.
  14. Let me jump in here and thank Chris for a great primer on the topic... Useful for many of us. :cool:
  15. Nice bar for a Finnish collection. Well done on picking up this one... :cool:
  16. I agree with Matt - this is a lovely mounting for a simple group. Of course, anything with a MVO is great in my opinion. One of my favorite decorations.
  17. Interesting. Spandau is on the opposite side of Berlin from Koepenik. 203 and 202. Thanks for contributing to the thread...
  18. Nice piece of history... If only it could talk. Or if we could only talk to Pte. Busch!
  19. Joe, thanks for your comments. I am learning - as you already know too well - that German regiments are a tangled web. And I am only tugging at the first few strands. I had pondered staying away from the reserve regiments, but the temptation was too great. So, much more territory in which to get lost in research nirvana. I am already afraid of the Landwehr units. But then again, I have Reserve Fussartillerie regiments to keep me amused. This foray into an infantry regiment was simply a detour. I had this card sitting here and needed to find some reason to keep it or move it along.
  20. Bob - thanks for going "postal"! Interesting information. Now, if these guys had an easy way to accept requests for such a search of the data... Postal trolls! :whistle:
  21. Glenn; target hit! After going back and studying an example of the cypher for Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 1 on kaisersbunker and the multiple examples on the shulterklappen of my recruits - there are a couple clear matches! :catjava:
  22. Bob; Klar, ich erinnere mich von meinen Studien den Hauptmann von Koepenik! Und ich habe Koepenik wenn es war teil Ostberlins besucht. Also, the thought that the card could have been simply been mailed from the feldpost of RIR 202 by a soldier from another regiment is a good thought to keep in mind. Although, in this case, the soldier also wrote in pencil on the card his unit - RIR 202.
  23. I recall reading somewhere that reserve regiments had a "parent" active regiment... Or maybe I am just imagining that idea. At any rate, I have a RPPC with a feldpost stamp for Rekruten Depot, Reserve-Infanterie Regiment Nr. 202. (Other known facts; postmark is Coepenick 1917; RIR 202 was from Berlin) On the front are a group of young looking recruits, but their schulterklappen clearly have a unique cypher (rather than the number I would have expected) - almost looks like a backwards 7 with a crown. Perhaps this is the cypher for a parent regiment? Yes - I know - a scan of the cypher!!
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