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The German Pioneers, Technical Troops and Train

from 1871 to 1914 – Uniforms and Equipment

About the book

Illustrated in colour, 512 pages, over 1,500 colour photographs, contemporary B&W photographs, tables and illustrations, linen bound with dust cover, large format: 29.5 x 26 cm

The authors

Ulrich Herr, Jens Nguyen


€ 95.00


978-3-902526-89-2 (English)
978-3-902526-88-5 (German)


3.00 kg


The history of the pioneer troops goes back to antiquity. To this day their task is to support the other branches of service by facilitating their mobility and endurance, while hampering the mobility of enemy troops. In the German Empire, from 1871 the pioneer troops of Bavaria, Saxony and Wurttemberg had to adapt to conform to Prussian norms although the Saxon pioneers still retained a completely different uniform, giving them a unique appearance within the Imperial Army. The Grand Duchy of Baden provided its own pioneer battalion within the Prussian Army.

At the end of the 19th century, advances in science and technology led to the formation of new branches of service, known in the German Empire collectively as the ‘Verkehrstruppen’. These included railway, telegraph, motor and airship formations, as well as the newest branch, the aviation troops.
The train was primarily responsible for keeping the troops supplied with ammunition and special equipment as well as provisions.
Like the existing volumes in the series, along with the Prussian formations this book covers the contingents of the Kingdoms of Bavaria, Saxony and Wurttemberg as well as the Grand Duchies of Baden and Hesse.

You will find in the chapters of this book summaries of the developmental history of the German pioneers, technical troops and train formations for the period between 1871 and 1914, followed by the specifics of their headgear, uniforms and equipment.

This book follows volumes on the generals, war ministries and general staffs, and on the infantry, cavalry and artillery, in the series covering the uniforms and equipment of the German Army from 1871 to 1914. Contemporary photographs and numerous items of uniform illustrate the equipment of the pioneers, technical troops and train that are the subject of this book.

The roughly 450 items shown are from various private and public collections, including the Bayerisches Armeemuseum in Ingolstadt, the Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr in Dresden and the Wehrgeschichtliches Museum in Rastatt.