Bosnian-Herzegovinian Infantry Regiment No.1

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Bosnian-Herzegovinian Infantry Regiment No.1

Post by keith A » 20 Jan 2019 21:38

Can anyone give me a detailed history of this regiment from 1914-16? My interest is in the early career of the Bohemian-Croat flying ace Miroslav Friedrich Navratil, born in Srajevo (Bosnia) in 1893. He was a much decorated officer in this regiment who rose to command a company (probably in III Battalion) before his transfer to the air service in early 1917. I have his biographical details from a number of online sources and Dr Martin O'Connors "Air Aces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire" but his early career after his graduation from the cadet school in Libenau is less detailed.

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Re: Bosnian-Herzegovinian Infantry Regiment No.1

Post by Klemen L. » 29 Jan 2019 00:08

Hello Keith,

The 1st Bosnian-Herzegowinian Infantry Regiment (I, II and IV Battalion) fought with the 25th Infantry Division on the Russian front from August 1914 to January 1915 and it took part in the engagements at Komarow, Rawa Ruska, San River, Krakow, Limanowa-Lapanow and Nida.

In January 1915 the regiment was transfered to the 19th Infantry Division and fought with this division on the Russian front from February 1915 to September 1917 (Carpathian mountains, Perehinsko, Ostrow & Zurawno, Bukaczowce & Bobrka, Gnila Lipa, Sereth River, Strypa, Jezierna, Zalosce, Zlota Lipa, Koniuchy-Zborow and Zbruch).

The detached III Battalion fought with the 48th Infantry Division on the Serbian front (August 1914 - March 1915), with the 61st Infantry Division on the Isonzo front (May - October 1915) and with the 59th Infantry Division on the Montenegro front (November 1915 - February 1916) and on the Tyrol front (February 1916 - June 1916).

Hope this helps.

Klemen

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Re: Bosnian-Herzegovinian Infantry Regiment No.1

Post by keith A » 06 Feb 2019 11:03

Cheers Klemen,

Navratil's career certainly seems to correspond to III Battalion, where he possibly led the 3. Masschinengewehrabteilung. He served from about 1912 until early 1917, being wounded on at least three occasions.

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Re: Bosnian-Herzegovinian Infantry Regiment No.1

Post by Klemen L. » 16 Mar 2019 23:58

Hello Keith,

Yes, it appears that Friedrich Navratil served with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Bosnian and Herzegowinian Infantry Regiment from 1914 to 1917. From what I was able to ascertain he was wounded on at least two occasions, the first time as Leutnant with the 1st Bosnian and Herzegowinian Infantry Regiment on the Serbian front in August 1914 (http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/anno? ... =9&zoom=33) and the second time on the Romanian front (December 1916), where he served as Oberleutnant with the 12th Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Bosnian and Herzegowinian Infa ntry Regiment (http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/anno? ... =3&zoom=33). I believe he was wounded during the last stages of the battle of Râmnicu Sărat (30th December 1916).

Hope this answers most of your question(s)

Best regards,

Klemen

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