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PART 2/2, BATTLE HISTORY IN WORD AND PICTURE, BAVARIAN 17TH INFANTRY REGIMENT AND BAVARIAN 18TH INFANTRY REGIMENT; ALL PART OF THE THIRD BAVARIAN DIVISION.

HISTORY BAVARIAN 17th INFANTRY REGIMENT LUGER AND UNIT RELATED MILITARIA.


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Figure 13. Luger, holster, bayonet, and dog tag are all marked to the Bavarian 17th Infantry Regiment (or its Ersatz Battalion). They are shown resting on the battle history of the Bavarian regiments during 1914 to1916 (Unsere Bayren im Felde II 1914-1916). The Bavarian17th Infantry Regiment was part of the Third Bavarian Infantry Division during World War I.


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Figure 14. Details 1913 DWM, s/n 2084, unit stamp: B.17.R.3.6.: It signifies: Bayerisches, 17 Infanterie-Regiment, Kompagnie 3, Waffe Nr. 6.


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Figure 15. Quill back bayonet unit marked: B.17.R.7.87.: which signifies Bayerisches, 17 Infanterie-Regiment, Kompagnie 7, Waffe Nr. 87.


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Figure 16. Details of Imperial German dog tag marked to the Ersatz Battalion of the 17 Infantry Regiment.


HISTORY OF THE BAVARIAN 18th INFANTRY REGIMENT LUGER, AND UNIT RELATED MILITARIA.


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Figure 17. This 1913 DWM is marked to the Bavarian 18th Infantry regiment. It is shown resting on its World War I battle history “The Royal Bavarian 18 Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Ludwig ferdinand”. During World War I, this Regiment was part of the Third Bavarian Infantry Division.


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Figure 18. Details of 1913 DWM, s/n 1658, unit stamp: B.18.R.3.B.6. which signifies: Bayerisches, 18 Infanterie-Regiment, Stab Bataillon 3, Waffe Nr. 6.


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Figure 19. Imperial Bavarian militaria. A 1913 DWM Luger bearing 18th Bavarian Infantry Regiment markings (B.18.R.3.B.16.). A 1912 dated Bavarian (AWM/2) holster is shown to the right and an Imperial Bavarian infantry bugle and the World War I history of the 18th Bavarian Infantry Regiment are shown to the left. In the background is a war chronicle/certificate to a soldier of the 18th Bavarian Infantry Regiment which lists the soldiers battle history and awards.


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Figure 20. Details of the chronicle 1914 Kriegs-Chronit 1918 / Emil Beyer / 18. Inf. Regt., 8. Komp

BATTLE HISTORY OF THE 3rd BAVARIAN DIVISION



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Figure 21. Four pistols all marked to regiments that were part of the 3rd Bavarian Division shown resting against the book “DAS BAYERNBUCH VOM WELTKRIEGE 1914-1818" that describes the battles of all Bavarian Regiments during World War I.
*1913 DWM, s/n 2084: B.17.R.3.6. - (Bayerisches, 17 Infanterie-Regiment, Kompagnie 3, Waffe Nr. 6)
*1913 DWM, s/n 1658 : B.18.R.3.B.6. - (Bayerisches, 18 Infanterie-Regiment, Stab Bataillon 3, Waffe Nr. 6)
*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 and the 18th Bavarian Infantry Regiment were headquartered/based in Landau. The 17th Bavarian Infantry Regiment was based/headquartered in Germersheim.)
The above listed pistols were all issued from Regiments that were part of the Third Bavarian Division during World War I. Following are some rough notes covering the battle history of the Third Bavarian Division (From The Histories of 251 Divisions of the German Army Which Participated in the War 1914-1918).

World War I battle history of the 3rd Bavarian Division.
3rd Bavarian Division, 2nd Bavarian Army Corps, Bavarian 6th Army in the opening months of the War.
1914 Lorraine, Battle of Morhange Aug. 20, Gerbeviller, Mortagne, forced to turn back Sept. 15 near Metz.
1914 Somme Flanders, Peronne District, Flanders, Oct. Nov.; Ypres-Comines Canal, Nov. to Oct 1915
1915 Artois Auchy-Loos sector until August 1916
1916 Artois Loos Sector, mine works, attempted gas attack April
1916 Somme August-Sept. 27, fought with characteristic stubbornness, heavy losses (55 percent)
1916 Douve Sector from the River to the Armentieres-Lille railroad. Until March 1917
1917 Artois, Arras District- Scarpe Front, counterattacks of Monchy-le-Preux, French counterattack of April 23, with drawn from the front April 25
1917 Flanders, Messines , British attack June 7 the Division lost the Village and the Summit of Messines. Heavy losses.
1917 Lorraine, instruction in light minnewerfers and assault tactics
1917 Aisne Oct.battles
The 3rd Bavarian Division is one of the best German units.
1918 St. Gobain Feb.- March
1918 Noyon Plemont, Lassingy front April-May
1918 Battle of the Oise, attacks (June) returned to the Montdidier-Noyon front June 30
1918 Lassigny August, Terguier Sept., Ypres and the region of St. Etienne-Arnes
1918 Woevre Manheulles Oct.-Nov.

The following illustrations show Bavarian troops battling on the Western Front during World War I.. German military doctrine called for the use of pistols. The soldiers of the 3rd Bavarian Division fought in the battles (Somme, Flanders, and in the1918 Spring Offensive.)illustrated below. They used pistols in close range and hand to hand combat as depicted in the illustrated battle scenes.


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Figure 22. Bavarian troops battle at the Somme in 1916. British troops attacked the German line and took 60,000 causalities on the first day. This titanic struggle cost the British 420,000 losses; the French195,000 losses, and the German’s 650,000 losses. (From “Das Bayernbuch Vom Weltkriege 1914-1918", 1930.)


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Figure 23. Bavarian troops battle the British in Flanders during 1917. Pistols were used by German soldiers in close range and hand to hand combat such as shown here. (From “Das Bayernbuch Vom Weltkriege 1914-1918", 1930.)


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Figure 24. German Western Front Spring Offensive of 1918. Bavarian troops take a British trench. Note: the pistol being used by a German soldier.(From “Das Bayernbuch Vom Weltkriege 1914-1918", 1930.)
 

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Thank you Jan.I am interested in the history of the 18th Bavarian Regiment. I have in my collection, a Imperial Stein named to one Tambour Neuner. From Info. supplied on the Stein, Neuner served in the 8 th Comp. of the 18th Bavarian Infantry Regiment.Neuner was Killed during the War. The Stein was obtained from Neuners' son before the sons death.
 
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