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Wintertime for the Landsturm

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

In the photograph here we see two extremely atypical, but not often photographed, members of the Landsturm during WW1. Very important as they are dressed in the "textbook" uniform for members of the standing army. The Saxon Cuffed M1907/10 tunic, and M1910 Mannschaften Schirmmütze. What distinguishes them from their brethren in the standing army is the collar insignia of "XIX 22" and the plain Blue Epaulettes. They are from the 4.Landsturm-Jnfanterie-Bataillon Chemnitz This was the 22nd Battalion of the XIX Reserve-Armee-Korps. (for reference the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Chemnitz Battalions were 10th, 11th & 12th Battalions in the XIX Res. Corps) They were in many ways "connected" to their front line brethren in Kgl. Sächs. 5. Infanterie-Regt. Kronprinz Nr.104 (Chemnitz) XIX Armee Korps [Royal Saxon Infantry Regiment, Crown Prince of Saxony'' (104th in the Imperial List)]. Notably Chemnitz is the 3rd largest city in the Saxon State of Germany. A Superbly rare and interesting photograph!

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