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Figure 15. 1912 Erfurt, serial number 6361. Details of unit stamp J.R.152.M.G.71.: 152 Infanterie-Regiment, Maschinengewehr-Kompagnie, Waffe Nr. 71. (Note: the halo around the unit stamp numbers and letters.)

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Figure 16. Historic- tradition information on the 152 Infantry Regiment, from “Ruhmeshalle unsere alten Armee”. Its honor name is “Deutsch Ordens-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 152.” Its headquarters/base is Marienburg and Stuhn and it was founded in 1897.

During World War I the 152 Infanterie-Regiment was part of the 41Infantry Division. The issuing Regiment controlled and distributed unit marked Lugers to the troops. The history of these Lugers is the same as that of the Regiment that issued them and the troops that carried them.

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Figure 17a. World War I battle history of the 152 Infantry Regiment as part of the 41 Infantry Division. West Front from 9. 2. 1917 to 1. 11. 1918. East Front from 8. 3. 1914 to 7. 30. 1915. From “Ruhmeshalle unsere alten Armee”. Note: disregard the history of the 40 Infantry Division in the first column. (Scroll)

For the non-German readers. Some German to English translations are listed below: Abwehrschlacht: counter attack
Angriff: Attack
Aufklärungs- u. Verschleierungskämpfe: reconnaissance, suppression, camouflaging, screening
Besetzung: occupation
Doppelschlacht: double, false, diversion battle
Gefecht: fight, battle, action, combat, engagement
Grenzschutz-u. Aufklärungsgefechte: frontier guard, border protection, border reconnaissance
Grosse Schlacht: large attack
Kämpfe: fights, actions, combat
Räumung: evacuation
Rückzugskämpfe: retreat, with draw
Schlacht: battle
Stellungskämpfe: warfare, combat from fortified position, fight, action
Verfogungskämpfe: follow up attack
Vorstoss: thrust, drive, advance
Waffenstillstand: armistice

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Figure 17b. World War I battle history of the 152 Infantry Regiment when it was part of the 41 Infantry Division. Eastern Front from 1. 8. 1915 to 2. 9. 1917. From “Ruhmeshalle unsere alten Armee”. (Scroll)

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Figure 18a. World War I battle history of the 152 Infantry Regiment when it was part of the 41 Division. 1914-1917. From “The Histories of 251 Divisions of the German Army, Which Participated in the War, 1914-1918". This history is in English from the perspective of Allied Intelligence and contains interesting details not found in the German history. (Scroll)

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Figure 18b. World War I battle history of the 152 Infantry Regiment. Continued 1917-1918 Continued. (Scroll)

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Figure 18c. World War I battle history of the 152 Infantry Regiment. Continued 1918 (Scroll)

The 41st Division belonged to the 20th Army Corps. It fought on the Eastern Front from the start of World War I to February 1917. It battled the Russians at Tannenberg, in Poland, Lodz, Rawka, Prasnysz, Narnew, and Jakobstadt. It took part in the Romanian campaign during 1916 and 1917 and fought at Jiu, Bucarest, and Sereth,. It battled on the Western Front during 1917 and 1918 at the California Plateau, Flanders, Arras, Albert and the Argonne.

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Figure 19. German troops liberate an East Prussian town from the attacking Russians during the battle of Tannenberg. This battle resulted in the destruction of the Russian Second Army and was a major German victory. The 152nd Regiment battled at Tannenberg and participated in the destruction of the Russian Second Army.

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Figure 20. At the Battle of Tannenberg, the German 8th Army encircled and cut off the attacking Russians. This allowed German machine gunners to extract a horrific toll.
The German Army was foremost in directing the machine guns murderous hail of fire to effective combat use. Because of its murderous fire the machine gun was a target for destruction. Generally machine gun troops were not issued rifles. They were not to engage in long range rifle combat, but instead were expected to maintain the machine gun and keep it firing. They were issued handguns for close range and hand to hand combat. At Tannenberg the machine gun companies of the 152 Infantry Regiment rained a deadly hale of machine gun fire on the Russians.

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Figure 21. Sketch showing Cossacks attacking in East Prussia. They are being beaten back by machine guns and a few strands of barbed wire. The 152 Regiment fought in East Prussia against the Cossacks in battles such as this.

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Figure 22. Erie view across no mans land on the Western Front. The enemy surged across no mans land to attack German lines. German machine guns were the most serious impediment to such attacks and were a central target of such attacks.

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Figure 23. Western Front, rear guard German machine gunners battle against an over whelming French attack. Late in World War II, the machine gun companies of the 152 Infantry Regiment fought in battles such as this on the Western Front.

For Luger details go to: 1900-1918: P.08 Army Lugers: 1/2, 1912 ERF., SN 6361, UNIT MKED J.R.152.M.G.71. Click the link below: http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3847
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