German Infantry, 1914–1918

Airfix 01726 - German Reserve Infantry, 1914–1916, wearing the Pickelhaube

Airfix German Reserve Infantry wearing a modified version of the M.1910 field-grey uniform without cuffs, and the Pickelhaube helmet with camouflage cover. The M.1915 Feldbluse was introduced in Autumn of 1915 and slowly replaced the modified M.1910 uniform. The field blouse had a single row of covered buttons down the front, plain cuffs, and no piping along seams. Grey slip-on covers were sometimes worn to hide the regimental numeral on the shoulder strap. The Pickelhaube was replaced by the Stahlhelm in early 1916, but some units continued to wear the older helmet type for some time, even within the same battalion. By 1916 the Pickelhaube was often worn in combat without the conspicuous helmet spike (Pickel).

Infantry Troop Types

  • Infanterie-Regiment
  • Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment
  • Landwehr-Regiment
  • Landsturm-Bataillon
  • Jäger-Bataillon
  • Gebirgsjäger-Bataillon
  • Maschinengewehr-Abteilung

Miniatures

  • Infantry (Pickelhaube, 1914), 1:76 Tumbling Dice OCINF21
  • Infantry (Pickelhaube, 1914), 20 mm IT Miniatures IT/P1
  • Infantry (Pickelhaube, 1914), 20 mm Platoon 20
  • Infantry Machine Gun Crew (1914), 20 mm Platoon 20
  • Infantry Casualty (Pickelhaube, 1914), 20 mm Platoon 20 GGE13
  • Infantry (Greatcoat), 20 mm IT Miniatures IT/P3
  • Infantry (Soft Cap, 1914), 1:76 Tumbling Dice OCINF22
  • Infantry (Soft Cap, 1914), 1:72 MIR 26
  • Infantry (Field Blouse, 1915), 1:76 Tumbling Dice OCINF23
  • Infantry (Steel Helmet, 1916), 1:72 Revell 02504
  • German Officer firing pistol (Steel Helmet, 1916), 20 mm Jacklex H 5
  • German Infantry running with separate rifle (Steel Helmet, 1916), 20 mm Jacklex H 1
  • German Infantry advancing (Steel Helmet, 1916), 20 mm Jacklex H 2
  • German Infantry standing firing (Steel Helmet, 1916), 20 mm Jacklex H 3
  • German Infantry bomb thrower (Steel Helmet, 1916), 20 mm Jacklex H 4
  • German machine gun and crew (Steel Helmet, 1916), 20 mm Jacklex
  • Infantry (Steel Helmet, 1916), 1:76 Tumbling Dice OCINF24
  • Infantry (Steel Helmet, 1916), 20 mm IT Miniatures IT/P2
  • Infantry (Sun Helmet, Palestine 1916), 1:76 Tumbling Dice OCINF25
  • Infantry Casualties (Sun Helmet, Palestine 1916), 1:72 MIR 33
  • Infantry (Service Cap, Palestine 1918), 1:76 Tumbling Dice OCINF26
  • Infantry (Service Cap, Palestine 1918), 1:72 MIR 32
  • Reserve Infantry/Landsturm (Pickelhaube, 1914), 1:76 Airfix 01726; HäT 7001
  • Jäger/Landsturm (Shako, 1914), 1:76 Tumbling Dice OCINF27
  • Mountain/Ski Troops (1914), 1:76 Tumbling Dice OCINF28
  • Infantry Sturmtruppen (1918) & Tank Crew, 1:72 EMHAR 7203

Historical Employment

  • Western Front, 1914–1918
  • Eastern Front, 1914–1918
  • Palestine, Sinai, 1916
  • Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, 1917
  • Germany, 1919

German infantry of World War One wore two uniquely German helmet types in combat: the Prussian Pickelhaube spiked helmet, and the M.1916 Stahlhelm. In 1916, the Pickelhaube and Stahlhelm were even worn concurrently for some time.

Related Films

  • All quiet on the Western Front (US 1930, Lewis Milestone)
  • Westfront 1918 (D 1930, Georg Wilhelm Pabst)

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