Armed Forces (German Empire)
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Armed Forces (German Empire)

In July 1914 the Army of the German Empire numbered 761,000 men, organized in 25 army corps. An additional 79,000 men served in the navy, and 9,000 in the colonial protection force. Those mobilized at the beginning of the war numbered 3.820 million in all, 2.086 million of whom made up the field army, divided into 40 army corps. Thus began a development that, during the years that followed, led to the general, extended mobilization of the German nation’s human resources for war. Some 13 million men served in the forces of the German Reich during the war.

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Deist, Wilhelm, “Armed Forces (German Empire)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0025>
First published online: 2015



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