Brill’s Digital Library of World War I

Get access

Assault Battalions
(304 words)

Assault Battalions

Army formations that were raised specifically to be used in trench warfare and as training units.

Beginning in 1916, the Germans deployed assault battalions primarily on the Western Front. France, Russia, and Austria-Hungary also fielded assault troops from 1917. The first German unit of this type, “Assault Battalion Rohr,” was organized in 1915 and initially comprised two pioneer companies. Its success led to the creation of 16 more assault battalions of this type, with infantry and pioneers p…

Cite this page
Gross, Gerhard P., “Assault Battalions”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

▲   Back to top   ▲