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Tallest and shortest man from Kgl. Sächs. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 133 | by ✠ drakegoodman ✠
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Tallest and shortest man from Kgl. Sächs. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 133

Letter on reverse (below) authored in Wollstein (now Wolsztyn) on 8.10.1915 with postage cancelled a day later. Admin stamp from Rekruten-Depot, Ersatz-Batl. Reserve Infanterie Regiment 133.


A copy of the same postcard can be found on page 95 of Uniforms & Equipment of the Imperial German Army 1900 - 1918 by Chas. Woolley. That card is dated 8.10.1915 with the sender hailing from I.R. 103.


The 24th Reserve Division fought on the Western Front, participating in the opening German offensive which led to the Allied Great Retreat and ended with the First Battle of the Marne. Thereafter, the Division remained in the line in the Champagne region through the end of 1914 and until July 1916, and fought in the Second Battle of Champagne in the autumn of 1915.


In late July 1916, the Division entered the Battle of the Somme, fighting there with a few respites until November 1916 and then returning to positional warfare in the trenchlines. It was sent to the Eastern Front at the end of April 1917, and fought against the Kerensky Offensive, the last major Russian offensive of the war. The Division returned to the Western Front in late October/early November and saw action in the last phases of the Battle of Passchendaele.


The Division then participated in the 1918 German Spring Offensive and the subsequent Allied offensives and counteroffensives, including the Hundred Days Offensive. Allied intelligence rated the Division as third class.

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Taken sometime in 1915