Original Imperial German WWI Pioneer Officer Visor Cap by Edward Sachs
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition Imperial German Pioneer Officer Visor hat (schirmmütze) constructed of grey wool with black wool band and black piping along with metal cockades and interior lining. The interior is marked to maker Edward Sachs, and apparently there was something someone anted to cut out beneath the maker name so, there is a cut hole approximately 1" long by .4" wide in the lining. Size is approximately US 7 (56cm). Overall condition is excellent.
Imperial German Army pioneers (Pioniere) were regarded as a separate combat arm trained in construction and the demolition of fortifications, but they were often used as specialist infantry, serving the role of combat engineers. One battalion was assigned to each Corps. During the Great War the order of battle for Pioneers was as follows.
- The Guard Pioneer Battalion 1. (6 companies, each with 20 large and 18 small flame-throwers)
- The Guard Pioneer Battalion 2.
- The Guard Pioneer Battalion 3.
- The Guard Reserve Pioneer Battalion – created from reservists who had been civilian firemen, the battalion was issued with experimental flame-throwers
- 1st Bavarian Pioneer Battalion, First Bavarian Division (12 destruction squads)
- 2nd Bavarian Pioneer Battalion
- Prussian Army pioneer battalions:
- 1 Prussian Pioneer Battalion of the Guards – 3 Field companies, one Reserve company
- 12 Prussian Pioneer Battalions of the Line (18 officers, 495 men and 6 other people)
- 2nd Pioneer Battalion at Stettin
- 4th Pioneer Battalion at Magdeburg
- Saxon Pioneer Battalion
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