Thanks DoubsThe markings can be on either front or back grip strap. Up to 1918, unit marks had dots between the letters and numbers. During the Weimar period, slashes and dots were used. Not all Weimar period unit marks had slashes so some are found with just dots as during the Imperial period.
Thanks DoubsIt's not IAW the regulations but it can be original. Infantry Regiment 448, 6th Company.
Unit markings were applied at unit level by an armorer and they didn't always follow regulations.
Thanks RonRegarding your request for info on the 448th Infantry Regiment, the following is provided.....
The Imperial 448th Infantry Regiment was organized from the 2nd Corps District (Pomerania). In January 1917, the 448th, 449th, and 450th Regiments were organized into the 233rd Infantry Division at Camp Hammerstein. The 233rdsubsequently underwent a training program until early April, 1917.
On May 16th , the 233rd was sent to Flanders, went on line in Ypres. It remained fighting in the Flanders area and Lorraine (eastern France) the remainder of 1917.
During the period of January thru February of 1918, it was pulled off line and received special training for the warfare of movement in the vicinity of Zabern-Haguenau. After this training, the 233rd was returned to Flanders and fought in the Kemmel area. Following a rest, the 233rd was sent to France and fought in the 3rd Battle of the Somme from early May thru late July, 1918. Due to heavy losses while fighting this battle, the 233rd was dissolved in late August/early September with the 448th transferred to the 107th Infantry Division, replacing the 227th Reserve regiment. The 448thremained with the 107th Division for the remaining two months of the war.
Allied Intelligence rated the 233rd Infantry Division (combat effectiveness) as third class.
The above information was extracted from “Histories of Two Hundred and Fifty-One Divisions of the German Army Which Participated in the War (1914-1918)”, pp. 721 and 722.
Congrats on your handsome Luger!!
Thanks again Ron
The pistol is 1916 5623a
Does that change it's history in any way
Unusual as the infantry were usually armed with the short Luger. Information about the regiment is that it was set up on November 6, 1916 and belonged to the II. Prussian Army Corps
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Were Stormtroopers with the Infantry regiments