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Хауптманн Карл Лирш, IX форт Ингольштадтского лагеря для военнопленных офицеров

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Hello Andrew!

If it´s a 27, it would be strange for a bavarian unit... (photo from 1915, but the bavarian Inf.Rgt.27 was set-up in 1916).

Are you sure with a H? Compare it with the H from "Hauptmann" (or another one wrote the rank...)

By the way. This officer is not the commander of the entire prison camp! That was Generalmajor Peter. This Captain was the commander of the company in Fort Nr.IX. There were a couple of forts in Ingolstadt.

Most of the forts still exist:


May I show it in our forum?

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Andrew, Andy,


great pair of photos. I agree that the cypher is a Gothic "N" but As far as I am aware Landwehr-Bezirk Ingolstadt was under command of the 11. Infanterie-Brigade and not Landwehr-Inspektion Nürnberg. It may be the case that Hptm. d.L. a.D. Liersch was himself in peacetime domiciled in the geographic area of the Nürnberg Landwehr-Inspectorate and therefore chose to wear that insignia?




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Many thanks, Andreas and Glenn! :Laie_99:


I found him! Hauptmann Liersch

Look at footnote 76: https://books.google...rt%20IX&f=false

The shoulder board shows a gothic "N" for Landwehr-Bezirkskommando Nürnberg (to which Ingolstadt belonged)


Andreas, could you please post here data from the footnote 76? I'm not able to see it, unfortunately.

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Hello Andrew!

He was commander of the company of Fort IX. That means he was commander of Fort IX, which had only one company.

Commander of the entire prison camp of Ingolstadt was Generalmajor Peter. (Ingolstadt had twelve forts):

The prisoner-of-war camp Ingolstadt During World War I Ingolstadt was with a constant number of about 8,000 to 10,000 prisoners of war one of the largest and most important prisoner-of-war camps in Germany, which in view of the approx. 20,000 inhabitants of Ingolstadt further aggravated the supply situation of the city. The prisoners of war were divided into a total of twelve camps at the various works and forts of the former fortress as well as at a large crew camp in the north of the city. As the number of prisoners of war later increased, the forts of Prince Karl and Orff were also converted into Officer camps:



Inspector of all bavarian prison camps was Generalmajor Vetter

Fort IX:


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