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Discussion in 'German Empire' started by Dan Morton, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    According to Wikipedia, Landwehr, or Landeswehr, is a German language term used in referring to certain national armies, or militias found in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe. In the case of the Great War period, I believe local militias would be about right.

    A few photos of Landwehr from 1910 to 1918.

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  2. Dan Morton A Fixture

    This explanation of the various classes of military service, including Landwehr and Landsturm, comes from our Planetfigure member, Ulrich Biroth.

    From 1890 to 1899, German men were obligated to serve between 17 and 60. From 1900 to 1918, the upper age limit was reduced to 45.
    During the 'Kaiserzeit', from 1875 until 1918, German men had the following active service requirements.

    Active Service - 2 to 3 years, depending on the unit in which the man served
    Reserve 1 - starting as early as 19 years of age
    Reserve 2 - and ending at about 33
    Landwehr 1 - starting at about 33
    Landwehr 2 - and ending at about 39
    Landsturm 1 - starting at 39
    Landsturm 2 - and ending at about 45 years of age, except for those entering service from 1890 to 1899.
    Landwehr units were really often fighting units during WW1.
    Landsturm units garrisoned POW camps and were used as guards in the support zones on both fronts.

    All the best,

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