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Hi,

I recently bought this nice picture, showing this group of soldiers during what I think it is a "sturmtruppe" conversion training. Note the Luger pistols, smoke grenades and the close combat knives. I really enjoy it!

In the reverse of the postcard there is a lot of writing but I didn't managed to understand it, so I decided to share with you guys in order to obtain more info about this unit and the writing itself.

Thanks in advance,

Douglas

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The card is from: Landsturmmann Eugen Treiber of 9. Kompagnie, Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 122

The card is addressed to: Sch?tze Adolf Sp?hr of Ersatz-Gebirgs-Maschinengewehr Abteilung II

Regards, Hardy

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The card is from: Landsturmmann Eugen Treiber of 9. Kompagnie, Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 122

The card is addressed to: Sch?tze Adolf Sp?hr of Ersatz-Gebirgs-Maschinengewehr Abteilung II

Regards, Hardy

Hi, Hardy and Douglas;

R=I=R 122 was almost certainly the reserve twin of I=R 122. These were (as were I=R 121, I=R 123, I=R 124), units from Wuerttemburg, which generally were very good units. I do not know why they all had P 08s; perhaps they were MG troops or worked with other crew-served weapons. The mailing to a machine-gunner is weak evidence for this; they might have met at a MG course.

Why smoke grenades? The holes in the top of the grenade head? I have never heard of German WW I smoke grenades, which proves nothing, but suggests that if they existed they were not common.

Bob Lembke

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Hi Bob,

I thought that they might be dummy (training) grenades and the holes are there to mark them as such.

I believe that the group is taking part in one of the training courses given by Sturmbataillon 16 in the Alsace during the early spring of 1917.

Hardy

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So probably the men were issued P 08s for the duration of the training course. All the men in my father's storm unit had an issued P 08, but I don't think that men of an ordinary infantry unit would have, unless they were members of a formal storm unit inside the infantry unit. No one in my father's unit carried a G 98 into combat, I believe; I think that some NCOs carried a slung carbine; it would have been hard to hold a captured position without any rifles in case of a serious counter-attack.

Bob Lembke

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