Die Reichswehr Im Bild: Infantry School Dresden circa 1926.
Introduction to the album..................
The officer candidate training within the Reichswehr lasted four long years. It was the most comprehensive of itís time and looked to produce officers for the future who were well educated, tactically aware, physically and mentally prepared for troop leadership.
The most important agency for officer training was Inspectorate 1 of the Army command, the Inspectorate for Education. This was commanded by a General and was responsible for overseeing officer branch training. The Allies had allowed the Reichswehr to have four branch schools for officer training, the Infantry school was based first at Munich and then moved to Dresden.
The Infantry school was the most important because all officer candidates, except for medical and veterinary candidates, had to spend one year there taking general officer courses. In the second year of academic branch instruction, the officer candidates of the artillery, cavalry and pioneers went to their corps school for a more branch specific instruction.
The officer instruction program was one of the most strenuous officer training systems ever devised. It was a major break from the Imperial system of training officers and the officer candidate experienced the life of the enlisted man from raw recruit to senior NCO. The year and a half that the Reichswehr lieutenant spent with the troops as a recruit and junior NCO was a valuable one and he had more respect from, and authority over, soldiers and NCOís than had been the case before the war.
From: The roots of Bltzkrieg by James Corum .
The pictures below are a selection from an album containing 92 photographs of the education, activities and day to day routines undertaken at the Infantry school in Dresden by a group of officer candidates. The previous owner has helpfully labelled the pictures with the Officerís names who taught at the school and dates to allow us to cross reference against the published officer lists for that time.
We are further fortunate to have been left the names of the NCOís pictured and consequently I have been able to cross reference them with later officer lists to see when they achieved their rank. The photo album is dated 1926/1927 and the rank of the NCO/officer candidates show they are nearing the end of their second year in training. The rank lists show them all with the rank of Leutnant from 1929 onwards.
The core group throughout the album consists of men from different branches of service and indicates the shared training concept outlined above. They are:
Sydow: Reiter Regt 2; Joerges: Artillery Regt. 2; Von Ohlen: Reiter Regt. 9; Lehbrint: Pioneer battl. 6; Lutz; Artillery Regt. 7; Buntrod IR3; Conz: IR 13; Von Haeften IR9; Redleben Reiter Regt. 13.
The school as it was in 1926.......... in 1906 the Kingdom of Saxony had a large proving ground laid out for the XII Corps (1st Royal Saxon) who were stationed in Dresden, these grounds are close to koingsbruck, 27km from Dresden and a lot of these pictures are taken here. After WW2 it was used by the Soviet forces until the 1980's.
Training in Koingsbruck.........
PT training...........the officer mentioned is Oberleutnant Bayerlein, later or become Rommel's Chief of Staff...
cracking picture of Von Haeften IR9; Redleben Reiter Regt. 13. Note the M18 helmets on the table.
Major Hartmann, lecturer at the school, sitting officers are Hmpt kraiss IR13 12MGK and Obltn. Schaller IR16 4MGK
At rest...time out for our officer candidates.
General Heye visits, note white umpire bands on the caps and Maj. Hartmann makes his point whilst waving a big stick....
The officer candidates group picture..
The band warms up for open day, note the infantry school insignia on the trumpet flags
The open/sports day.............
all in front of the main man............General leutnant von Metzsch Inspector of Army Training and his Chief of staff Oberst Von Cochenhausen.
04-27-2016 09:21 PM
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Thanks for the history and photos. Jay
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