Jäger units and Schützen regiments

Jäger Emil Fugmann joined the 2nd recruit depot of Königlich Sächsisches 2. Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 13 in October 1915. Following a spell in hospital and after training on mortars and close-combat weapons with Saxon Pionier-Lehr-Kommando, he was assigned to 3. Kompagnie, Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 13 in the field in August 1916. Awarded the EK II and Reuss silver merit medal with swords.

Jäger Ernst Backeshoff joined Grossherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon 14 in the Argonne in August 1916. He saw action in Rumania, Tyrol, the Balkans and Flanders as part of the Alpenkorps. Awarded the EK II and Mecklenburgisches Militär-Verdienst-Kreuz II. Klasse.

Gefreiter Wilhelm Holtz was inducted into the second recruit depot of Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 14 in January 1915 and was assigned to 1. Kompagnie, Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 14 in September 1915. He served with the battalion as part of the Alpenkorps in Tyrol, Serbia and on the Greek border until he fell ill in December 1915. After a lengthy period of illness and convalescence, he was assigned to the field recruit depot of Jäger-Regiment Nr. 2 before he returned to Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 14 in November 1917. He fell ill again in January 1918 and remained wth replacement units for the remainder of the war. Awarded the Mecklenburg-Strelitz Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege, "Tapfer und Treu".

Vize-Feldwebel Richard Kolberg served with 5. Lothringisches Infanterie-Regiment 144 from 1909 to 1911. In August 1914 he joined the machine-gun company of Niederrheinisches Füsilier-Regiment No. 39 and saw action at the sieges of Lüttich, Namur and Maubeuge, where he was wounded at the end of the month. In April he attended a machine-gun instruction course at Döberitz before being posted to the machine-gun company of Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon 20 in Russia in May 1915. He also saw action in Rumania, briefly in France, in the Carpathians as part of the k.u.k. 7. Armee and in Bukovina. Discharged in December 1918. Awarded the EK II and k.u.k. österr.-ungar. bronzene Tapferkeits-Medaille (B.Z.).

Jäger Alfred Littmann was inducted into 2nd replacement detachment of Jäger-Bataillon 5 as a recruit in May 1915. In March 1916 he was posted to a replacement unit belonging to Gebirgs-Maschinen-Gewehr-Abteilung 3 and joined Gebirgs-Maschinen-Gewehr-Abteilung 215 in the field while it was fighting on the Greek border in May 1916. At the end of August he fell ill with malaria and was sent to hospital in Üsküb. After recovering in Germany, he joined Heeresgruppe Sobolta and was posted to the Gebirgs-Maschinen-Gewehr-Abteilung of 9. bulgarische Division, part of 1. bulgarische Armee in March 1917. After serving with Gebirgs-Maschinen-Gewehr-Abteilung 225, he was assigned to 2. Kompagnie Infanterie-Regiment 345, part of 87. Infanterie-Division on the Western Front in October 1918. Discharged in December 1918. No awards recorded.

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