Uniforms and Insignia of Imperial German Forces:
- General Staff
- Cadet Schools
German Navy &
With the exception of the Guard Corps, the 25 Corps of
the Imperial German Army were designated by Roman Numerals. The map,
below, sets out the garrison areas of these corps.
At the outset of World War I, the Imperial German Army
consisted of 25 Corps which had been created more or less along
traditional, geographic lines.
The underlying theory was that recruits from the same
region would already know each other or more readily form the comradeships
necessary for a strong fighting unit. That and, in the late-19th and
early-20th centuries, transportation and communication were still somewhat
limited so it was easier for regiments to recruit largely from their local
This practice led to quite terrible results as the war
dragged on: Whole villages and towns were almost completely de-populated
of fighting-age men when local regiments suffered heavy casualties.
Germany was not alone in this practice: Britain,
Australia, Canada and France, all made the same tragic error.