The German 66th Infantry Regiment in the First World War: The German Perspective

The German 66th Infantry Regiment in the First World War: The German Perspective

by Otto Korfes, Terence Zuber

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Overview


A rare look into the German military experience of the First World War written and translated into English by soldiers

Infanterie-Regiment 66 fought in most of the great battles on the western front: Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne, Arras, the Somme, the French offensive on the Chemin des Dames, the Kaiserschlacht in March 1918, the German offensive on the Chemin des Dames, the Second Marne, and the Siegfried Line. It continually demonstrated the highest levels of tactical skill.This is an exceptional text written by a soldier and academic, Dr. Otto Korfes, who served as an officer in the regiment and then became an historian in the Reichsarchiv, the repository of the German Army's Great War documents. Korfes consulted the regimental war diaries and after action reports, as well as making extensive use of first-hand accounts. The book includes 23 tactical sketches and dozens of pencil drawings by the great German war artist, Döbrich-Streglitz.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750962001
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author


Terence Zuber was a US Army infantry officer 1970-1990. He is the author of half a dozen books, including The Battle of the Frontiers: Ardennes 1914 and Ten Days in August. He lives in West Virginia. Otto Korfes was an officer in the 66th Infantry Regiment before becoming an historian. He was executed in 1944 for his participation in the Valkyrie plot against Hitler.

Table of Contents

The German Infantry Regiment 7

Translator/Editor Notes 9

Glossary 12

Foreword 13

1 Pre-War History 15

2 War 20

3 Approach March 23

4 Battle on the Geete 26

5 Mons, 23-24 August 1914 31

6 Le Gateau, 26 August 1914 35

7 Clary 44

8 The Battle of Péronne 49

9 Battle on the Marne and Ourcq, 6-9 September 1914 58

10 Retreat from the Marne, 10-12 September 1914 66

11 Combat on the Aisne, 13-27 September 1914 68

12 The Battle of Arras 77

13 In the Trenches at Arras, 12-28 October 1914 103

14 The Fights at Arras, 29 October-5 November 1914 105

15 Trench Warfare at Arras, 4 November 1914-8 March 1915 113

16 Leaving iv AK 117

17 The Year of Digging Trenches 119

18 Life in the Trenches, March-May 1915 123

19 The Fight at Serre, June 1915 127

20 The Last Weeks in the Position at Bucquoy, Mid-June-August 1915 136

21 In the Trenches at Puisieux, August-October 1915 139

22 October 1915 146

23 The War Against the Mud, November 1915-March 1916 148

24 Before the Somme 161

25 The Battle of the Somme 163

26 Drumfire 169

27 The First Assault, July-August 1916 173

28 The Second Assault, Between St Pierre-Divion and Thiepval, September 1916 176

29 The Third Assault, October-November 1916 at Hébuterne 191

30 After the Battle 198

31 The Upper Alsace 199

32 Movement to the Upper Alsace, 1-11 January 1917 203

33 In the Shadow of the Chemin des Dames 218

34 The Great Battle in France 241

35 The Attack, 21-25 March 1918 244

36 Between the Battles, 26 March-24 May 1918 262

37 The Chemin des Dames Offensive 265

38 The Marne Offensive 282

39 The Final Defensive Battles 297

40 Armistice and the March Home, 7 November-24 December 1918 313

41 Dissolution of the Regiment 316

Index 317

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