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1910 DWM, SN 8783c, 13 HUSSAR HISTORY AND RELATED UNIT MARKED ACCESSORIES



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Figure 9h. 1910 DWM, serial number 8783c. Details of grip strap showing the Hussar unit markings: 13.H.1.15. These signify: 13 Husaren-Regiment, Eskadron 1, Waffe Nr. 15

The honor name of this regiment is: Husaren -Regiment Konig Humbert von Italien (1. Kurhessiches) Nr. 13. It was founded in1813. Its home base is Diedenhofen.





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Figure 10h. The sword, the mug and the Luger are all marked to the 1st Eskadron of the 13th Hussar Regiment:
1910 DWM, serial number 8783c. Hussar13.H.1.15. marked.
M89 Sword marked to the 13th Hussar Regiment. Unit marked on the guard 13.H.1.110.
Regimental beer mug marked to the 1st Eskadron13th Hussar Regiment and dated 1902 -1903.
World War I Battle History of the 13th Hussar Regiment published in 1935.

Note: the Crown/U 13th Hussar Regiment emblem is shown on the History of the 13th Hussar Regiment, on the sword, and on the mug.




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Figure 11h. M 89 sword, left side, blued-engraved panel marked: Hus. Regt. Konig. Humbert von Italien(1.Kurhess.) No. 13. (Sword guard is stamped 13.H.1.110.)




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Figure 12h. M 89 sword, right side, blued-engraved panel: A charging line of sword and lance armed Hussars. To the right is a the Regimental Crown/U.




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Figure 13h. Beer mug marked: 1. Esc. Hus. Rgt. Konig. Humb. v. Ital.1. Kurh. No13. Mainz 1903/1903. Near the top it is marked Hussar Schroder / Crown/U. Hussar Schroder was the owner of the mug and member of the 13 Hussar Regiment.

The next three illustrations relate to the tradition and training of the 13th Hussar regiment prior to World War I. (from the Regiments History.)




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Figure 14h. Konig Humbert and the Kaiser at training in 1897.




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Figure 15h. The 13th Hussar Regiment training in felduniform during1911.


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Figure 16h. Konig Humbert von Italien. Chief of the Regiments 1872-1900. The 13 Hussar Regiments honor name is the same as the Chief of the Regiments.




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Figure 17h. World War I Battle History of the13th Hussar Regiment (published in 1935). The lance (shown here) was the traditional weapon of the cavalry. Adhering to this tradition would cost many a cavalry man his life and the life of his mount during World War I..

The 13th Hussar regiment was part of the 6th Cavalry Division during World War I. Early in World War I (August 5-21) the 13th Hussar Regiment scouted ahead of the Fifth German Army during the drive into Northern France towards Verdun. Their task was to determine the position of the enemy and secure critical positions. They rode until they made contact with the enemy. Everywhere there was hidden danger and often they rode into ambush.




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Figure 18h. 1914 Northern France, Hussars over run French Infantry lines. The Hussars are depicted armed with lance and sword. (Surely they also used their rifles and Lugers.)

Later in 1914 the lines on the Western Front became hardened and the area of battle became restricted. Under most conditions the repeating rifle and machine gun produced such a deadly hale of fire, that such a cavalry attack would have resulted in a disaster ( in a field of dead riders and dead horses). After the initial battles on the Western Front most of the Cavalry Divisions were transferred to the vast Eastern Front where their scouting and mobility could be put to good use.



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Figure 19h. In November 1914 the Regiment was transported to the Eastern Front. There it battled at Kutno, Lodz, Breziny, Rawka-Bzura, Kurland, Jaobstadt, and in Romania. 1915 dated photograph showing the 13th Hussar Regiment fording a river in Kurland (Eastern Front). Note the long line of horse men on the other side of the river. Such a Regiment consisted of approximately 720 men.




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Figure 20h. 13th Hussar patrol in the harsh Winter weather of the Eastern Front.

After the War was won in the East the 13th Hussar Regiment returned to the Western Front. During 1918 the Regiment battled as dismounted Cavalry (infantry) as a part of the 6th Cavalry-Schutzen-Division. It battled at Lothringen, Nancy-Epinal, Somme, Arras, Lille, and Ypern.

To continue go to: 1900-1918: P.08 Army Lugers and 1910 DWM, SN 8783c, 13 HUSSAR, for details of this Luger.
 
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