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PART 4/5, BATTLE HISTORY IN WORD AND PICTURE: BAVARIAN 1. SCHWERE REITER REGIMENT, 1ST CHEVAULEGERS-REGIMENT, AND REITENDE BATTERIE 5TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT; ALL PART OF THE BAVARIAN CAVALRY DIVISION

The war time establishment of a cavalry division was 6 cavalry regiments, 1 jager battailon, three batteries of reitende (mounted) artillery, and a machine gun and a pioneer detachment (a total of 283 officers, 4,995 other ranks and 5,590 horses). It formed a formidable mobile force. However, repeating rifles, machine guns, artillery and barbed wire extracted a horrendous toll. The cavalry had no value on the Western Front once trench warfare was established in 1914. On the Eastern Front the vast open spaces and varied terrain allowed the speed and maneuver of the cavalry to be deploy with some success.


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Figure1. Three Lugers each on its battle history, each marked to units that were part of the Bavarian Cavalry Division during World War I.. The issuing Regiment controlled and distributed these 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. Details below:


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1908 DWM, s/n 451a : B.1.s.R.3.7. which signifies: Bayerisches,1 Schweres Reiter-Regiment, Eskadron 3, Waffe Nr. 7. On “Das K. B. 1. Schwere-Reiter, Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern im Weltkriege 1914-1918", 1936. Go to: 1900-1918: P.08-Army Lugers for Luger and holster details.1/5, 1908 DWM, B.1.S.R.3.7., DETAILS AND HOLSTER Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3284

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1908 DWM, s/n 2108a : B.1.Ch.R.4.11. which signifies: Bayerisches,1 Chevaulegers-Regiment, Eskadron 4, Waffe Nr. 11. On “K. B. Chevaulegers-Regiment im Weltkrieg 1914-19", 1922. Go to: 1900-1918: P.08-Army Lugers for Luger and Holster details. 2/5, 1908 DWM, B.1.Ch.4.11., DETAILS AND HOLSTER Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3285


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1911 DWM, s/n 260e : B.5.A.r.3.89. which signifies: Bayerisches, 5 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, reitende Batterie 3, Waffe Nr. 89. On “Das Kgl. Bayer. 5. Feldartillerie-Regiment Konig Alfons XIII von Spanien”, 1926. Go to: 1900-1918: P.08-Army Lugers for Luger and Holster details. 3/5,1911 DWM, B.5.Ar.3.89., DETAILS AND HOLSTER Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3286


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Figure 2. World War I battle history of the Bavarian Cavalry Division on the Western Front. From “Ruhmeshalle unsere alten Armee”. The units of the Bavarian Cavalry Division battled in Lothringen, Nancy-Epinal, Belgium and Northern France at Artois, Lille’ Messines and Ypern(see battle map Figure 3). Units from this division were called upon for reconnaissance. They took the lead and captured critical points such as bridges. Some German to English translations of the terms used below:

Angriff: Attack
Aufklärungs- u. Verschleierungskämpfe: reconnaissance, suppression, camouflaging, screening
Besetzung: occupation
Gefecht: fight, battle, action, combat, engagement
Grenzschutz-u. Aufklärungsgefechte: frontier guard, border protection, border reconnaissance
Kämpfe: fights, actions, combat
Schlacht: battle
Stellungskämpfe: warfare, combat from fortified position, fight, action
Vorstoss: thrust, drive, advance
Waffenstillstand: armistice


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Figure 3. Map showing the Bavarian Cavalry Division deployment and direction of attack (red shaded) during the First Battle of Ypres, Western Front, 18 October -11 November 1914. British losses 108,000, attacking German losses 130,000. (A military Atlas of the First World War, Arthur Banks, 1975, page 81)


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Figure 4. World War I battle history of the Bavarian Cavalry Division on the Eastern Front. From “Ruhmeshalle unsere alten Armee”. The Bavarian Cavalry Division moved to the Eastern Front in April of 1915 and battled at Kurland, Januszkauce, Krakinow, Cytowiang, Kowel, Toboly, Bukowina and Rumania during 1915, 1916, and 1917. Germany won the war on the Eastern Front with the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk on 15 December1917(preliminary). During 1918 the Bavarian Cavalry Division occupied and policed the newly controlled Eastern areas..
(Note: “The Histories of 251 Divisions of the German Army, Which Participated in the War, 1914-1918" does a completely inadequate job of covering the WWI history of the Cavalry Divisions. “Ruhmeshalle unsere alten Armee” provides a much more detailed-superior coverage.)

HISTORY, BAYERISCHE 1. SCHWERE REITER REGIMENT


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Figure 5. Historic- tradition information on the Bayerische 1. Schwere Reiter Regiment from “Ruhmeshalle unsere alten Armee”. Listed are battles and dates as far back as Napoleon. This regiments honor name is “Prince Karl von Bayren”, its base/headquarters is München, and it was founded in 1814.


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Figure 6. This 1908 DWM and its holster are both marked to the Bavarian 1st Schweres-Reiter Regiment. They are shown resting on their World War I battle history “Das Koniglich Bayerische 1. SCHWERE REITER REGIMENT Prinz Karl von Bayern im Weltkriege 1914-1918" with accompanying folio of battle maps (This is a prepublication typed draft with hand inscribed map symbols in color).


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Figure 7. NCO in the Bavarian 1st , Schwere Reiter Regiment wearing a reichsrevolver holster converted to a P08 holster. This is called the second type conversion by collectors. Unlike the first variation it has a stud closure on the magazine pouch. From “Das R.B. 1. Schwere Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern im Weltkrieg 1914-1918" 1936.


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Figure 8. First Schwere Reiter Regiment troopers each wearing the reichsrevolver / P08 conversion holster (2nd type). From “Das R.B. 1. Schwere Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern im Weltkrieg 1914-1918" 1936.


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Figure 9. Western Front, 1914, Lorraine, Reiter Regiment troopers setting up an ambush.


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Figure 10. Western Front, 1914, Lorraine, lance armed Reiter Regiment troopers attack rifle and revolver armed French Cuirassiers.


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Figure 11. Bayerische 1. Schwere Reiter Regiment battling at Onikschty on the Eastern front. Cavalry officers formulate their battle plans at the front.


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Figure 12. Notes from the book draft “Das Koniglich Bayerische 1. SCHWERE REITER REGIMENT Prinz Karl von Bayern im Weltkriege 1914-1918", identifying the officers in the above photograph.


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Figure 13. Battle map no. 32, showing the movement and deployment of German troops (Bavarian Cavalry Division) and Russian troops at Onikschty. (Note: the penciled correction to the spelling of Onikschty on the map) (From folio “Das Koniglich Bayerische 1. SCHWERE REITER REGIMENT Prinz Karl von Bayern im Weltkriege 1914-1918")


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Figure 14. Battle map no. 50, a sketch of the Crimea, showing the deployment of the Bavarian 1st Schwere Reiter Regiment (red) during 2 May -19 April 1918. During 1918, this regiment was on occupation and police duty in the newly controlled Eastern areas. The Schwarzes Meer is the Black Sea. (From “Das Koniglich Bayerische 1. SCHWERE REITER REGIMENT Prinz Karl von Bayern im Weltkriege 1914-1918" battle map folio, map 50.)

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