Re: WWI rank of San. Vizefeldwebel #germany

Tobias A. Kemper <kemper@...>

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Hello Nancy Korn,

In my grandfather's Gebete der Israeliten that he carried in WWI,
his inscription reads: San. Vizefeldwebel Ludwig KORN Pion. Komp 362.
Was this a standard rank or more elevated, and what would it have meant
in terms of responsibilities?
for the rank of a Feldwebel, see

"The highest ranking Non-Commissioned Officer until 1918, the Feldwebel
acted as Company Sergeant Major."

The Vize-Feldwebel was subordinated to the Feldwebel. There were two
main possibilities to get the rank of a Vizefeldwebel:

a) Professional soldiers after 15 years of duty.
b) So called "Einjaehrig-Freiwillige" (soldiers with higher education who
had passed their first officer's exam to get the rank of an Officer of

Also if anyone can point me to reference materials about the
Pion. Komp. 362 that would be very helpful.
It seems that Pionier-Kompanie 362 was founded in 1916.

Regards, Tobias A. Kemper

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