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Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr.3 / Singer Nähmaschine | by ✠ drakegoodman ✠
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Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr.3 / Singer Nähmaschine

Nothing on reverse. Photogr. Atelier Spiegel, Charlottenburg, Berlinerstr. 103. Charlottenburg was an independent city to the west of Berlin until 1920 when it was incorporated into "Groß-Berlin" (Greater Berlin) and transformed into a borough.

 

Soldier's in the Regimental Schneiderwerkstatt temporarily stop work while the photographer takes a 'candid' picture of them making alterations and adding button holes to uniforms.

 

The 5. Garde-Infanterie-Division entered the line on the Western Front along the Aisne River in March 1917. In April and May, it participated in the Second Battle of the Aisne, also known as the Third Battle of Champagne. Afterwards, it returned to positional warfare along the Chemin des Dames.

 

The Division spent the rest of 1917 in positional warfare in the trenchlines and in various smaller battles until November 1917, when it was embroiled in the tank battle in Cambrai. After the heavy fighting in late 1917, the Division was transferred to the reserve of the army and began training as an assault division. Beginning in March 1918, it took a leading role in the German Spring Offensive, including the breakthrough at St.Quentin-La Fère, the fighting over the crossings of the Somme river and the Crozat canal, and the fighting aroung Montdidier and Noyon.

 

After the failure of the Spring Offensive, the Division returned to the trenchlines. In May–June 1918, it fought in the battles of Soissons and Reims. Later in 1918, it participated in various defensive battles, including those against the Allied Hundred Days Offensive around the Argonne Forest.

 

Allied intelligence rated the division a first class division and one of the best in the German Army.

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Taken circa 1915