Marinekorps Flandern

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Marinekorps Flandern

Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2003 11:18

It had been instituted under the leadership of Admiral von Schröder on September 3, 1914, and played an honourable part in the taking of Antwerp on October 10, 1914. The General Command had its headquarters at Bruges. The infantry of the Naval Corps consisted of six regiments of able seamen and the marines. The latter in particular had played a distinguished part in the great battles in Flanders in 1916 and 1917. The sea-front was guarded by regiments of marine artillery. Thirty guns of the heaviest calibre had been set up there, among them five Of 38 cm., four of 30.5 cm., and besides them a large number of quick-firing guns of from 10.5 to 21 CM. calibre.Memoirs of Admiral Scheer.


Admiral von Schröder and Bulgarian visitors 1918. Wilhelm Keitel served as an Army Operations officer on his staff 1917-19. Is that Hauptmann Keitel on the right?
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Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2003 11:29

Admiral Ludwig von Schröder
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The MarineKorps intially consisted of one Marine-(Matrosen-)Division but a 2nd Division was raised in November 1914.The 1st Division staff occupied
the seafront from Raversyde to the Zeeland frontier,while the 2nd Division was allocated the front on land from the North Sea to Schoorbakke(4 kms SE of Nieuport).The six regiments of Matrosen alternated between the two sectors,and consequently changed from one division to the other.

The MarineKorps also had its own fighter and seaplane Flugs,and had numerous artillery batteries dug in along the Flanders coast.A heavy gun railway battery was also available.

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Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2003 11:32

2nd Matrosen Regiment member.Standard uniform for infantry was army issue with shako.
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Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2003 11:34

1st Matrosen Regiment.
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Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2003 11:39

Defending the seacoast.Naval uniforms in use by coastal detachment.
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Such defenders were encountered in the Zeebrugge and Bruges raids of 1918.

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Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2003 11:47

Another former member of the Marine-Korps was General Ramcke of 2nd Para Division fame in WW2.Ramcke belonged to the 2nd Matrosen Regiment.

http://www.specialcamp11.fsnet.co.uk/Ge ... Ramcke.htm

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Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2003 11:55

Trenches thru the sea town of Nieuport.

From Corbis.com

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Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2003 12:02

German trenches facing the North Sea 1915.
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Post by Beowulf » 18 Jun 2003 01:30

Moulded, thanks once again for finding us a fascinating set of pictures. :)

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Post by aysi » 19 Jun 2003 10:55

Great pictures Moulded,say do you know of any books on the Zeebrugge and Bruge raids that i can get hold of

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Post by Peter H » 19 Jun 2003 12:10

The latest,and best work out on the raids:

http://www.uboat.net/books/item/1911

Also find here about the only Aussie involved in the Zeebrugge raid,Harry Coward on the British sub C1:

http://www.dropbears.com/w/ww1subs/index.htm

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Post by Peter H » 19 Jun 2003 12:28

Correction--raids were at Zeebrugge and Ostend.

British Royal Marine prisoners at Zeebrugge.
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Post by CNOCK » 23 Nov 2006 18:18

Hi Peter,

The men wearing the shakos are 1st and 2nd Seebataillone, and not Matrosen Regiment.

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Post by CNOCK » 23 Nov 2006 18:19

Mützenband 'Kaiserliches Marinekorps'.
The man is wearing a trench dagger.
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Post by CNOCK » 23 Nov 2006 18:31

Marinekorps Flandern

1ste Matrosen Regiment
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