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WW I German Inf.Rgt.56 losses


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Hello readers.

The German news magazine "Der Spiegel" with date of 26 Aug.2014 published an article about the German city of Wesel having in its archive several hundred photos taken by a medic of the Inf.Rgt. 56 . This regiment was garrisoned in Wesel with staff and I. and II. Battalions and neighboring Cleve where the II. Battalion had its garrison.

This regiment had its first casualty by friendly fire. The Battle of Verdun saw the regiment deployed there and at other casualty intensive battlegrounds.

The total fatalities until the end of the war amounted to 133 officers KiA or MiA ( considered dead ) and 4473 other ranks.

The regiment returned with 2 officers and 26 other ranks from the war.

German T.V. ( ZDF ) had a documentary about this and the city of Wesel has a book about this subject.

Bernhard H. Holst.

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