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Pionier Regts 35 and (later) 36 were the gas Regts, in 1917 they were disbanded and Pionier battalions 35-28 were formed.



Yes, I believe that Pionier=Regimente Nr. 35 u. 36 were two-battalion regiments, and as there must have been some sort of overall command of the gas effort, the regimental level of command was really not very necessary, as I would think that few gas attacks would have involved two or more battalions. With the serious shortage of officers, it made sense to eliminate this layer of command.

I understand that four of the officers of Pionier=Regiment Nr. 35 later received Nobel Prizes in either chemistry or physics, including Haber, the interesting "father" of the German gas effort.

Bob Lembke

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