WWI rank of San. Vizefeldwebel #germany


Nancy Korn <nakorn@...>
 

Hello all,

In my grandfather's Gebete der Israeliten that he carried in WWI,
his inscription reads: San. Vizefeldwebel Ludwig KORN Pion. Komp 362.
He wasn't yet a physician, but served in a medical capacity on a
Lazarettezug (hospital train). I know that the Prussian military
records were mostly destroyed (he lived in Breslau), but I'm wondering
more generally about his rank.

Was this a standard rank or more elevated, and what would it have meant
in terms of responsibilities?

Also if anyone can point me to reference materials about the
Pion. Komp. 362 that would be very helpful.

Thanks, Nancy Korn Boston, Mass. nakorn@comcast.net


Tobias A. Kemper <kemper@...>
 

Hello Nancy Korn,

Also if anyone can point me to reference materials about the
Pion. Komp. 362 that would be very helpful.
the Pioneer Comp. was part of 235th Infantry Division. For details,
please see:

Histories of two hundred and fifty-one divisions of the German army
which participated in the war (1914-1918) (1920)

https://archive.org/details/cu31924027835317

PAge 725ff.

Regards

Tobias A. Kemper


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
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feldwebel

"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
Reserve.

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 tobias.kemper@web.de