Before World War I the Imperial German Landsturm essentially existed only on paper.At the beginning of the war, the Landsturm was organized to serve mostly as a kind of home guard providing local security.Shortly thereafter however of the 334 Landsturm battalions established, 142 were designated “mobile” and sent mostly to the Eastern front.Battalions were formed and named after their nearest town, such as:Landsturm I Battalion, Schneeberg. Initially there were acute shortages of all types of uniforms, field equipment and weapons, but these were gradually overcome as the war continued. Shortages were so acute that some units had to wear civilian clothing with a white armband to identify themselves as Landsturm soldiers. One example:The standard Landsturm headgear was supposed to be an oilskin cap. This was known as a Wachstuchmüzte and came in several forms.In 1914, there were not enough oilskin caps to go around. So they reverted to old Landwehr shakos! Severely paraphrased from George Wylie and Joe Robinson’s Landsturm web page dated20 March 2009 on http://www.pickelhauben.net/articles/Landsturm.html No attempt was made to place these photos in chronological order. Battalions, brigades and corps have been identified where possible. Some mis-identification is DEFINITELY possible!