The 10. Reserve division spent most of the war on the Verdun front participating in most of the famous actions during 1916-17. The Division was also sent to the Aisne to fight in the Nivelle offensive in March-April 1917 (see HERE). Returning to Verdun it took part in heavy fighting on the left bank (see HERE) before movng to the North of Rheims where it prepared for its role as a spearheading division in the "Große Schlacht in Frankreich".
The 37. Füsilier Regiment, 37. Reserve Infanterie
Regiment and 155. Infanterie Regiment were the core of the divisional infantry
although a couple of other regiments were part of the division’s order of
battle in 1914-15.
The allies rated the Division as follows:
"The Division is considered as a "big attack" division. In April, 1917, in the region of Berry au Bac it executed a well-conducted attack on Sapigneul. The offensive value of the division showed itself again during the attacks of June 28-29 of 1917 at Hill 304. There is no lack of volunteers for dangerous missions, and the motto of the division is said to be: "Get after the enemy and beat them wherever you find them". The commanding general of the division and the colonel commanding the 155th consider that their men are able to endure hard battles."
The 1918 Allied report simply says "The division was rated as a first class division. It fought hard in most of the offensives of the year, and when on the defensive put up a hard, steady fight for two months without relief."
The core of the division was the 37. Füsilier Regiment, the 37. Reserve Infanterie Regiment and the 155. Infanterie Regiment. In the early stages of the war the 46. and 98. Reserve Infanterie Regiments spent periods in the Division. The main artillery unit was the 10. Reserve Feldartillerie Regiment.
Please click on the underlined battles below to see articles about the units in action.
Above: Shoulder boards for a Lt. in I.R. 155
at Longwy-Longuyon and in the Othain Sector
28.8.1914-20.2.1916 Positional warfare at Verdun (including...)
by Vaubecourt-Fleury (parts of the div.)
6.-10.10 Fight at Etain
29.10 Fight at Gercourt
21.2.-13.4. Battle of Verdun (including...)
24.2. Storming of Ornes
25.2. Storming Bezonvaux
26.2. Storming the strong points of Bezonvaux and
6.3 Crossing the Meuse
7.-11.3 Fighting the village and around Fort Vaux
15.6.-22.9. Positional warfare in the Champagne
3.-14.10. On the Somme
22.10.16-7.2.17 Positional warfare at Verdun (including...)