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I am posting some very nice matching sets of WW1 German shoulder boards, from various units and states. Luckily I found a source and bought some up as these don't come up very often. 

First is a pair of boards for the 95th Infantry Regiment (6th Thuringian). These are the type introduced in 1915. This regiment was shared between Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha and Sachsen-Meiningen, the monogram is of the joint initials of Georg von Sachsen-Meiningen and Carl Eduard von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, I. Battalion was in Gotha, II. Battalion. was in Hildburghausen, III. Battalion. was in Coburg.

Special thanks to Fritz for help on unit research. 






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The double or treble rowing of the embroidery is typical for this monogram, as seen on the few examples which rarely turn up. Very nice set. This pair was for stitching just flush over the shoulder seam and not sewn in. They could also be easily removed if required or changed.

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"Tailors the best WW1 German reproductions worldwide!" Beware of copies on the market, these quality custom made pieces and complete uniforms are available, they have to be ordered, which does not mean that they cannot be sold after use and a lot of wear. These are hardly discernable from the originals. "Made in Württemberg"

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Early 1915 "hybrid" tunic.

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Mecklenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon 14 - complete remake, apart from rifle and equipment. Not feldgrau, but graugrün.

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Grey greatcoat as worn at the beginning of the war

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Also a complete remake, very good detail.

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Ist möglicherweise ein Bild von Jacken und Mäntel

Ist möglicherweise ein Bild von Leder mit Sattlernaht und Jacken und Mäntel

Ist möglicherweise ein Bild von Jacken und Mäntel

4. Chevauleger-Regiment, remake from head to foot. I believe the boots are hand made in Poland.

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Whew, very good repro's! 

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Here is another set, this one is for Pionier-Kompanie Nr. 302. The 301st and 302nd company were part of the Guard Ersatz Division which was in the 6th Army as of March 1918. The 6th Army was commanded by the crown prince, Generaloberst Rupprecht. The division was formed in 1914, and fought in the west during the initial battles and the race towards the sea. In 1916, it fought at the battle of Verdun, 1917, fought in the 2nd battle of Asine. In July of 1917 they were sent to the Baltic region but returned in September 1917 and remained in the western theater till war’s end. 

Order of battle on March 8, 1918

  •     Garde-Ersatz-Brigade:
  1.    6. Garde-Regiment
  2.    7. Garde-Regiment
  3.    Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 39
  4.    MG-Scharfschützen-Abteilung Nr. 29
  • Eskadron/2.Garde-Ulanen-Regiment
  1.   7. Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment
  2.   Fußartillerie-Bataillon Nr. 89
  • Stab Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 501
  1.  Garde-Pionier-Kompanie Nr. 301
  2.  Pionier-Kompanie Nr. 302
  3.  7. Garde-Minenwerfer-Kompanie





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Pos. 3 under Garde-Ersatz-Brigade - was known as
Niederrheinisches Füsilier-Regiment Nr. 39 (Düsseldorf)

as from 26. October 1918 (dismissal of Ludendorff), it received the title -
Füsilier-Regiment General Ludendorff (Niederrheinisches) Nr. 39

Under Pionier 302, found only:


PB 301   Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 301 1.RD  
PB 302   Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 302 2.GRD  
PB 303   Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 303 3.RD  
PB 305   Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 305 5.RD  
PB 306   Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 306 6.RD  
PB 307   Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 307 7.RD  
PB 309   Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 309 9.RD  
PB 310   Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 310




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I have noticed that Pionere units are quite hard to find information on, for both WW1 and WW2.

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Here is my latest pair of shoulder boards, 408th Infantry Regiment. 

07/06/1916 - Establishment of the regiment by renaming the Infantry Regiment Berlin by the deputy. Gen. Kdo. Of the Guard Corps .
10.10.1916    - The regiment is mobile.
07.09.1918  - The regiment receives its own mine throwing company, formed from parts of the mine throwing company No. 182

October 20, 1916 - November 9, 1918 : 406th Infantry Brigade / 202nd Infantry Division
November 9, 1918 - December 1918 : 1st Guard Infantry Brigade / 1st Guard Division

202nd Infantry Divisions History:

1916 Eastern Front

10/26/1916 - 02/28/1917 : Trench warfare in front of Jacobstadt
23.01.1917 - 03.02.1917 : Winter battle on the Aa (parts)
03/01/1917 - 08/31/1917 : Trench warfare in front of Riga
09/01/1917 - 09/05/1917 : Battle of Riga
09/06/1917 - 11/22/1917 : Trench warfare north of the Daugava
11/22/1917 - 11/29/1917 : transport to the west

Western front

November 30, 1917 - January 9, 1918 : Trench warfare in Lorraine

10/01/1918 - 04/02/1918 : Trench warfare in Lorraine and the Vosges
04.02.1918 - 19.05.1918 : Trench warfare in Lorraine
May 20, 1918 - June 8, 1918 : Fighting on the Avre and near Montdidier and Noyon
06/09/1918 - 07/11/1918 : Battle of Noyon
07/11/1918 - 07/17/1918 : Trench warfare west of Soissons
07/18/1918 - 07/25/1918 : Defensive battle between Soissons and Reims
July 25, 1918 - August 3, 1918 : The mobile defensive battle between Marne and Vesle
08/04/1918 - 08/16/1918 : Position battles between Oise and Aisne
August 17, 1918 - September 4, 1918 : Defensive battle between Oise and Aisne
09/05/1918 - 09/25/1918 : Trench warfare in Champagne
26.09.1918 - 09.10.1918 : Defensive battle in the Champagne and Meuse 1918
10.10.1918 - 12.10.1918 : Fighting in front of the Hunding and Brunhild fronts
10/13/1918 - 10/17/1918 : Fighting on the Aisne and Aire
October 18, 1918 - October 23, 1918 : Battle of Vouziers
10/24/1918 - 10/31/1918 : Fighting on the Aisne and Aire
11/01/1918 - 11/4/1918 : Fighting between Aisne and Maas
05.11.1918 - 11.11.1918 : fighting back in front of the Antwerp-Maas position
November 12th, 1918 : evacuation of the occupied territory and march home


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Very nice indeed. I always liked sets like this. Also interesting to see how high the numbers go. Someone I know had a relative in 8.K./II./ Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 440. The last photo was taken in February 1917, shortly after that he fell. That must have been on the Verdun front. He was from Delmenhorst and had served pre-war in Infanterie-Regiment Bremen.
I have mentioned him in a previous post "Feuersturm über Hamburg..." (History Forum) and with photos.


Willi Schmold + (centre), 8.K./II. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 440, 12. February 1917 (near Verdun)


I got this officer's shoulder piece for the local museum last year. Schleswig-Holsteinisches Pionier-Bataillon 9, ca. 1915/16. Backing is of black velvet

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Nice sets Fritz, it is amazing how high the numbers go, I imagine with all the losses and shifting the forces from the eastern front to the west, a lot of reorganizing was done. The highest number I saw when researching was for the Württembergisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 627, although some infantry battalions were listed in the 700's as well.

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