119 Infantry Regiment 26 Reserve Division German Army – Facing the 29th British Regular Army Division – 1 July 1916 – The Sunken Lane opposite the Hawthorn Ridge

Who opposed the 1st Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers on

the opening day of the 1916 Somme Offensive?

A group of decorated men and NCO as well as an officer of the 119.G Grenadier-Regiment Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr.119. They seem to be wearing M1910/1915 Grenadier tunics and Fieldgrey Krätchen. Up to 4 varieties in collar tabs can be seen! The shoulder straps are marked with a crowned O.

Do note the cleated mountain boots, puttees and the trousers with reinforced leather knees. These type of trousers were only used by assault troops, Gebirgsjäger and Schneeschuh Bataillons, as well as unit which fought in the Carpathian mountains or in Serbia.

The unit was part of the 26.I.D.:
The organization of the 26th Division in 1914, shortly before the outbreak of World War I, was as follows:
-51. Infanterie-Brigade
Grenadier-Regiment Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr. 119
Infanterie-Regiment Kaiser Friedrich, König von Preußen (7. Württembergisches) Nr. 125
-52. Infanterie-Brigade
Infanterie-Regiment Alt-Württemberg (3. Württembergisches) Nr. 121
Füsilier-Regiment Kaiser Franz Josef von Österreich, König von Ungarn (4. Württembergisches) Nr. 122
-26. Kavallerie-Brigade
Dragoner-Regiment Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr. 25
Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württembergisches) Nr. 26
Ulanen-Regiment König Wilhelm I (2. Württembergisches) Nr. 20
-26. Feldartillerie-Brigade
2. Württembergisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 29 Prinz-Regent Luitpold von Bayern
4. Württembergisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 65
1.Kompanie/Württembergisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 13

During World War I, the division initially served on the Western Front. In 1914, led by Duke Wilhelm von Urach, it fought in the Battle of the Frontiers and then participated in the Race to the Sea. It was then transferred to the Eastern Front, and fought in the Gorlice-Tarnów Offensive and the invasion of Serbia. It returned to the Western Front and fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and the Battle of Arras in 1917.  Allied intelligence rated the division as first class.

Hawthorn Ridge

on fire 1 July 1916

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