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Catalog Number 2013.66.47
Object Name Memorandum
Accession number 2013.66
Description Notice from District Command IV. Berlin that officiers are required to have the necessary equipment for mobilization ready in times of peace
Date: June 25, 1914
Document in German

Translation:
District Command IV. Berlin / Berlin-Schöneberg, 25 June 1914 / Sekt. II Nr. 2998 M 14/15

Your grace will be held responsible that the necessary equipment pieces for the immediate readiness to march in the event of mobilization are already at hand in peacetime.
The delivery of field gray skirts and pants from squad stock in the event of mobilization is, with few exceptions, limited, because every officer according to K.Besold.V. S. 31 is already required to procure and maintain the uniform in peacetime. The same goes for riding equipment as well as the procurement of things like spy glass, suitcase and pistols.
The securing [of this equipment] through promise of delivery is being too widely used. By no stretch of the imagination could the manufacturers follow through on their promises in the event of war. Through consultation with responsible manufacturers it has been determined that especially the small craftsmen [Gewerbetreibenden] are not in the position to fulfill the commitments they took on peacetime in the event of mobilization. The master saddle makers with smaller operations, for example, when there is relatively small demand do not have riding equipment or the most important and valuable parts in stock, more often they have these sent from larger manufactures only when they are needed to construct the desired riding equipment. In the event of mobilization all train traffic for these purposes will be interrupted, even the power vehicles will be lifted in large number. The promises of deliveries from the larger manufactures are also not worth much, because the demands on them in the outbreak of mobilization would be so extraordinarily large, that they could not come up with this shortage of supply and of practiced workforce.
I will occasionally verify the presence of all equipment.

von Düring
Oberst and Kommandeur



From the service of German officer Fritz Sabersky who served as leader of the Sanitary Company 3 (Sanitätskompagnie 3 Garde-Reserve-Korps) from 1915 to 1916 and after March 1917 as an instructor at the Royal Prussian Army Gas School in Berlin (Königlich Preußische Heeres-Gasschule).
Date June 25, 1914
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1914
People Sabersky, Fritz
Subjects Prewar
World War I
German
Mobilization
Military mobilizations
Uniforms
Saddlery
Saddles
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