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1911 DWM, SERIAL NUMBER 8617e, 121.R.5.8., AND UNIT RELATED ACCESSORIES


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Figure 9. Unit related accessories. Everything in the illustration is marked to the 121 Infantry Regiment, its Reserve, its Army Corps District, or is a book that covers some phase of its World War I battle history.
Holster: marked: C. Billep/Spandu/15 and hand inscribed Lt. Seiger J.R. 124. Note: Both the 124 Wurttemberg I.R. and the 121 Wurttemburg I.R. belonged to the Royal Wurttemberg 13 th Army Corps District.
Military pass with slipcover, to 121. Wurtt. Inf. Regt.
Iron Cross, engraved on reverse, Die Unterofficier I.R. 121.
98 quillback bayonet, W/05, unit marked to the the Reserve of the 121 Infantry Regiment: 121.R(script).7.30.
Luger marked to the Wurttemberg 121 Infanterie Regiment. 121.R.5.8.
War History: “Das Infant. Regt. "Alt-Wurtt". (3. Wurtt.) No 121 in Weltkrieg 1914-1918", Stuttgart 1921
War History: “Die 26 Inf. Div. (1. Rgl. Wurtt.) In Krieg 1914-1918"(The 121 Regiment was part of the 26 Infantry Division during World War I)
War History: “Gegen Jtalien Mit Der XIV Armee” (The 121 Regiment was part of the XIV German Army while in Italy)



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Figure 10. 1911 DWM, serial number 8617e. With 1915 dated holster marked to the 124 Infanterie Regiment..


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Figure 11. Details under the holster flap, showing the magazine and tool compartments. The tool is unmarked, proper for a DWM Luger.


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Figure 12. The holster is marked C. Billep/Spandu/15.


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Figure 13. Under the flap the holster is hand inscribed Lt. Seiger J.R.124. Both the 124 Wurttemberg I.R. and the 121 Wurttemburg I.R. belonged to the Royal Wurttemberg 13 th Army Corps District. Also, the 124th was the Regiment of the legendary Erwin Rommel.


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Figure 14. Slip cover and military pass to the 121 Infantry Regiment. This pass contains information on the soldier and his war history.


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Figure 15. Wurttemburg Iron Cross


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Figure 16. This Iron cross bears the inscription “Die Unterofficier I.R. 121". It was awarded to an Unterofficier in the Infantry Regiment 121.


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Figure 17. M1898 quill back bayonet, W/05, unit marked to the the Reserve of the 121 Infantry Regiment: 121.R(script).7.30.


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Figure 18. Details of front strap, 1911 DWM, serial number 8617e.: 121.R.5.8. signifies: 121 Infanterie-Regiment, Kompagnie 5, Waffe Nr.8.

The 121 Infanterie-Regiment was in the Wurttemburg XIII Corp District. During World War I it was part of the 26 th Wurttemberg Infantry Division and battled on the Western Front, Eastern Front, and Italy during World War I.

26TH DIV., 13 ARMY CORPS , 5 ARMY
1914 Lorraine-Argone, Baranzy(Aug. 22), Longwy(Aug. 24)(Fig.19), Sept.6-9 fought near Pretz, & Beauzee
1914 Flanders. fought at Fromelles, Aubert, and Maisnil Oct 20-28
Attacks on Messines Oct. 31
1914 Russia , Fabeck Corps
1914 Poland: Bzura Rawka heavy losses
1915 Offensive upon Narew June July
1915 Serbia, Army of Gen. Von Koevees, campaign against Serbia Morava to Krugujevatz
1915 Belgium
1916 Ypres: Jan.-July heavy losses
1916 Somme August, opposed British on the Longuvel Front, heavy losses (Fig.20)
1917 Artos, British offensive; April 25 counter attackat Monchy Ie Preux
1917 Flanders Aug.-Sept heavy losses
1917 Lorraine, outfitted for mountain warfare, then sent to the Italian Front at the end of Sept.
1917 In Italy, the 121 Regiment was part of the 14 German Army from late Sept. 1917 to early 1918. Oct. Tolmine, Udine, Tagliamento (Oct. 29), having done very well in Italy (Fig.21, 22)
1918 Cambrai, attacked, March ,May
1918 Rheims July-Nov. 11 (Fig.23)
First class shock Division, trained in open warfare, suffered heavy losses

The following World War I illustrations and photographs contain scenes that generally relate to Wurttemberger soldiers or the Wurttemberger Infantry Regiment 121 during its World War I battles. Most are from the books illustrated above (figure 9) or from “Die Wurttemberger Im Weltkrieg" by General Otto von Moser, 1928


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Figure 19. Wruttemberger infantry battle the French near Longwy during August1914. The Infantry Regiment 121 battled in scenes such as this at Longwy during August 1914.
“Die Wurttemberger Im Weltkrieg" by General Otto von Moser, 1928


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Figure 20. Wruttemberger infantry hold their line against British assault at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The Infantry Regiment 121 fought against British assaults in scenes such as this during the battle of the Somme in1916. “Die Wurttemberger Im Weltkrieg" by General Otto von Moser, 1928


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Figure 21. Wruttemberger infantry in the rugged Italian Alps at the Battle of Caporetto, Oct. 1917. The Infantry Regiment 121 fought at Caporetto in scenes such as this during 1917. It was a stunning victory for the combined Austro-German Offensive. Italian losses including prisoners are estimated at 600,000. “Die Wurttemberger Im Weltkrieg" by General Otto von Moser, 1928


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Figure 22. 14th Army Infantry leave the Italian Alps in 1918 after a victorious campaign. Gegen Jtalien Mit Der XIV. Armee


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Figure 23. Bivouac of Infantry Regiment 121 in France during July 1918. This area was the front line. Note the bleak, barren, battle scarred terrain. The trees have all their branches blown off. Die 26 Inf. Div.(1. Rgl. Wurtt.) In Krieg 1914-1918


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Figure 24. The end.
1911 DWM, SERIAL NUMBER 8617e, 121.R.5.8.,DETAILS. click on link below
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