German SIG #Germany German Military Records WW1 - additional resources #germany

P & R Nash

Earlier this year I was researching possible World War 1 military records
for my grandfather and other extended family. First I contacted the
Militaergeschichtliches Forschungsamt (MGFA) in Potsdam. As they only
carried out basic military history research for the 1900s they suggested I
direct my inquiry to the Federal Military Archive
(Bundesarchiv-Militaerarchiv) in Freiburg as Peter Lande suggested in a
recent posting.

However the MGFA also said what could be even more helpful were the
different archives that collect data on the different contingents of the
German Army up to 1919. These consisted of the contingents >from Bavaria,
Prussia (incl. Baden), Saxony and Wuerttemberg. Hence personal records
may be found in the following regional State Archives:

Battalion of Baden:
Badisches Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe
Noerdliche Hildapromenade 2, 76133 Karlsruhe
Tel.: (0721) 926-2206,

Bavarian Army:
Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Abt. IV - Kriegsarchiv
Leonrodstraße 57, 80636 Muenchen
Tel.: (089) 1895-1680,

Prussian Army:
Due to Allied air raids on Potsdam in April 1945 the inventory of the
Prussian Army's Archive in the Reichsarchiv were almost completely
destroyed. However some records on officers, crew
registers and personnel files might be found at:

Krankenbuchlager (Documents on military hospitals until 1919)
Wattstrasse 11-13, 13355 Berlin

Saxonian Army:
Hauptstaatsarchiv Dresden
Archivstrasse 14, 01097 Dresden
Tel.: (0351) 8006-0, Fax: (0351) 802 1274

Batallion of Wuerttemberg:
Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg
Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart, Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 4, 70173 Stuttgart
Tel.: (0711) 212-4311,

My family members were undoubtedly enlisted in the Prussian Army and records
therefore were unlikely to be found. Research fees depended on the time
spent - and regardless of the outcome, for example, nil result Euro 15.34 up
to 30 minutes. No fees are charged in cases of social security (pension) or
clarifying the fate of missing persons. In addition they charge Euro 0.43
for a copy (A4), plus Euro 3,05 administration fee, plus postage & package.

Peter Nash, Sydney

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