of] German Brigade and Regimental Orders regarding Tables
of Work for Infantry Units employed in the trenches.
Text in parenthesis appears in the original, transcription
of the document that came into the possession of the PPCLI.
Text in square brackets is that of the present editor as is
the case throughout this site.]
Infantry Brigade, 23 February 1915
on a scale of 1/5000 of the sector held by the regiment are to
be forwarded twice a week to Army Corps Headquarters;
these are to be based on accurate plans, furnished by Companies,
of the state of defence of their sectors up to 23 February 1915.
Special stress is laid on the concluding sentence No. 2 of the
Army Corps Order.
are to draw up tables of work (in accordance with the attached
example) which are to be supplemented by the battalions and regiments.
the present one company of the Corps reserve is placed at the
disposal of the 13th Infantry Regiment for this work, and 15
medical privates as before for each battalion, for the 23rd,
24th, and 25th, 2/5 of the Entrenching Company, etc.
are to be rendered in duplicate by noon on 24th February to the
Brigade (copy is forwarded thence to the Division, after that
date they will be rendered every Sunday and Wednesday at noon.
R.I.) J.R. 13 2.-3) etc.
note copy and take action.
immediate issue of several copies of the attached example of
the Table of Work to battalions and companies is
must not be forgotten in sketches.
(Signed) v. Götzen
Copies to Battalions and Companies
report to be with the regiment by 10 a.m. 24/2/15, and after
that date every Saturday and Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
of Work for the 13th Infantry Regiment
following work will be carried out:
1 First line trenches
of loopholes and shields.
Increasing the number of firing steps.
Traverses and protection against flaking fire.
Moving footboards, etc.
Removing water from trenches.
Revetting walls of trenches
2 Detours behind flooded sections of trench
Providing footboards etc.
Bridges over ditches.
3 Second line trenches
additional items follow together with detailed instructions
of how the work is to be done.)
is to be left to chance and all work to be complete by March
general circular Regarding the improvement of first line
defence over the signature of Lt. Gen. Von Ditfurth Commanding
14th Division follows the The table of work instruction.
In part, the circular states:)
inspection of the position of the Division (14th) by H. E. the
General Commanding VII Corps, the Chief of the Corps Staff, and
myself, leads me to make the following remarks:
It must be clearly understood by everybody down to the last man
in the company that shelter-trenches fully capable of use as
firetrenches must be made 50 to 100 metres behind the front
line. Wherever possible the construction of these shelter-trenches
should be hand in hand with that of the front line defence. Where
this is not possible on account of standing water or the backward
condition of the front line defence, the construction of these
shelter-trenches should be taken in hand as soon as possible.
my very clear instructions on 5th February, Section 1, No 300
(secret) paragraph 1 of the final remarks, I cannot understand
how an officer commanding a battalion section could tell the
Corps Commander that he proposed to take up a position behind
the front line, giving as a reason that his front line was too
weakly held and not sufficiently fortified.
circular, quite extensive, deals sharply and at times harshly
with obedience to Corps orders by officers.)
translation of German documents captured by the PPCLI a typical
report of the trench work programme by the 13th Inf. Regt. and
the disposition occupation of the Regiments sector.)
of the German Divisional Circular Memorandum (13th Inf. Div. summarizing
a Corps conference follows the regimental report noted above. The
memo is followed by a German general intelligence summary of information
of international operations.)