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Old 08-05-2004, 03:50 PM   #1
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Help With Research on RIR NO.219

Reserve Infantry Regiment No. 219

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I need some more help on my research, i feel but there is somthing missing. I found out about Reserve Infantry by a postcard given to me by my grandmother. She does not know she had them or where they come from. My Great Grandfather was in world war one. My be this regiment may had met my Great Grandfather at some point (maybe christmas 1914 when the german crossed No Mans land to have cristmas with the english ect) at this time they traded postcards, sigs, choc ect. or my Great grandfather may had taken them of a dead german troops. I dont know if thats true!

Here is my Research so far

Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 219 was raised in Mülheim and Dortmund in North-Rhine Westfalia, which is far from Mecklenburg. The regiment was part of 47. Reserve-Division throughout the war.

The reverse of the card refers to Division Bredow, which was the name of 18. Landwehr-Division before it was numbered. Unusually, the division continued to use the name, despite having a number. The last word is Polen (Poland), which may be where the photo was taken.

The card was sent (Abs. = Absender) by Musketier Hermann (or someone with a very similar name).

I don't know of any reason why RIR 219 and Division Bredow are mentioned together on the card, as there is no apparent link between the two.

The only plausible explanation is that the regiment may have been briefly assigned to Division Bredow while in Poland, but I have no information to back this up.

This Photo was given to me by my Grandmother, but before that it belong to my Great Granfather who was in the Great War 1914-1918 war His Name Harry Wharton. I have no idea who it belongs to but maybe be my Great Granfather must have taken it from a dead German troop. But i dont know if this was true or what i may never know that. But maybe that could have happend. It could had been on Christmas day when the German army crossed No Mans Land. On that very Christmas day the Germans met the English and they traded postcards, photos, Chocolate ect.

RIR 219 was part of the 47th Reserve Division 1914-18. As such it took part in the following campaigns in WW1:


Woevre Front France October.

Sent East in November.



Tarnow, Galicia




Lipsk-Baranovitchi sector


Transfered to West May 1917

Aisne front


March Somme Offensive.

Marne battle

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