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PART 1/2, BATTLE HISTORY IN WORD AND PICTURE, BAVARIAN 5 FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, BAVARIAN 17TH INFANTRY REGIMENT AND BAVARIAN 18TH INFANTRY REGIMENT; ALL PART OF THE THIRD BAVARIAN DIVISION AND THE 6TH GERMAN ARMY.

A brief World War I battle history of Bavarian issue pistols is presented below. This presentation is in word and picture and in some cases includes unit related militaria (illustrations, histories, bayonets, etc). Details of these Bavarian issue pistols have been previously described in the 1900-1918: P08 Army Lugers section or the CENTRAL POWERS / 1900-1918 German Pistols section. These pistols are marked to the Bavarian II Army Corps (B.II.109.), the 5th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment (B.5.Ar.3.30, B.5.A.2.13., B.5.A.I.II.), the Bavarian 17 Infantry Regiment (B.17.R.3.6.) and the Bavarian 18th Infantry Regiment (B.18.R.3.B.16.). All of these pistols were issued to soldiers in Regiments that were part of the 3rd Bavarian Division (Except B.5.Ar.3.30.). (For a detailed description of these pistols and their holsters click on the links listed below.)
BAVARIAN MAUSER 1914, SN 25150, B.5.A.2.13. Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3129
BAVARIAN 1912 DWM, SN 7885, B.II.109., DETAILS Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3133
BAVARIAN 1916 DWM, SN 8253d, B.5.A.1.11. Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3138
BAVARIAN 1913 DWM, SN 817a, B.5.Ar.3.30. Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3139
HOLSTER DETAILS, BAVARIAN 1913 DWM, B.17.R.3.6. Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3176
RUPPRECHT VON BAYERN, COMMANDER OF THE GERMAN 6TH ARMY

At the beginning of World War I the 3rd Bavarian Division was part of the 2nd Bavarian Army Corps which was a part of the 6th German Army. The Crown Prince of Bavaria (Rupprecht von Bayern) was the Commander of the 6th Army(all Bavarian).


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Figure 1. World War I photograph showing the Commander of the German 6th Army(Crown Prince Rupprecht) armed with a P08.Note: click on illustration twice for largest-sharpest image.


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Figure 2. The Bavarian II Army Corps Luger (B.II.109.) and its Bavarian holster resting on a 6th Army battle scene.


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Figure 3. Details of 1912 DWM, serial number 7885, unit stamp: B.II.109. It signifies: Bayerisches Armeekorps II, Command/Stab, Waffe Nr. 109


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Figure 4. The German 6th Army marching to battle near Sarrburg in one of the opening battles of World War I. The Bavarian II Army Corps Luger (B.II.109.) was issued to the command/staff of the Bavarian II Army Corps which was part of the 6th Army. Bavarian “Crown Prince Rupprecht” is shown above surrounded by his command staff. The main units of the Bavarian Army are shown here: the cavalry in the distance, a train sanitats unit(red cross), infantry, and artillery in the foreground. French prisoners are shown being lead off the battlefield.


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Figure 5. World War I photograph showing the Kaiser and a German Army officer armed with a P08. Some high ranking German Army officers were P08 armed.


HISTORY OF THE BAVARIAN 5th FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT IN WORD AND PICTURE.


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Figure 6. World War I history of the Bavarian 5th Field Artillery Regiment and 3 pistols all marked to this regiment. (Kgl. Bayer 5. Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, 1926)
*1913 DWM, s/n 817a : B.5.A.r.3.30. - (Bayerisches, 5 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, reitende Batterie 3, Waffe Nr. 30)
*1914 Mauser, s/n 25150 : B.5.A.2.13. - (Bayerisches, 5 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, Batterie 2, Waffe Nr. 13)
*1916 DWM, s/n 8253d : B.5.A.1.11. - (Bayerisches, 5 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, Batterie 1, Waffe Nr. 11)

The 5th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment(except the Reiter Abteilung) was part of the 3rd Bavarian Infantry Division and the II Bavarian Army Corps during World War I. It spent World War I on the Western Front. Its Reitende Abteilung (mounted artillery) was part of the Bavarian Cavalry Division during World War I. and all of World War I, except the first few months, on the Eastern Front (The history of the Lugers issued to regiments in the Bavarian Cavalry Division will be covered in a future post.)


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Figure 7.. Details of 1913 DWM, s/n 817a, unit stamp: B.5.A.r.3.30. It signifies: Bayerisches, 5 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, reitende Batterie 3, Waffe Nr. 30.


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Figure 8. Details of 1914 Mauser, s/n 25150, unit stamp: B.5.A.2.13. It signifies Bayerisches, 5 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, Batterie 2, Waffe Nr. 13


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Figure 9. Details of 1916 DWM, s/n 8253d, unit stamp: B.5.A.1.11. It signifies Bayerisches, 5 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, Batterie 1, Waffe Nr. 11


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Figure 10. Sketch of field artillery crew transporting cannon through a town, 22 August 1914. (From Kgl. Bayer. 5. feld-Artillerie-Regiment.)


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Figure 11. Field artillery regiment deploying under fire, early in World War I,. Horses were the main method of military transport in the Imperial German Army.


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Figure 12. Field Artillery crew firing 7.7 cm field gun on the Western Front in1915.

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PART 2/2, HISTORY, BAV. 5.F.A.R., 17.J.R., 18.J.R. Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3128
 

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Wonderful stuff Jan. The histories are particularly nice.
 
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