It became very popular to compile unit histories of those regiments that had served in the Great War. This German-language book describes Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 212’s history. The book was published in 1933 in Oldenburg. A brief scan of the book, which was written in old fashioned Fraktur script, reveals that the regiment was assigned to the 45. Reserve-Division. Its first commander was Oberst von Basedow, who was placed in charge when the regiment was created in October 1914. He was followed by Oberstleutnant von Fransden, who assumed command of the regiment in 1915.
The book is liberally illustrated with photos of the officers and men at various times of the war from 1914-1918. The book’s early part features photos of the commander of the Regiment, the Brigade, the Division, and the Armeekorps to which it was assigned. It gives detailed information about where the regiment fought. One of book’s real highlights is a large map that is slipped into a holder on its back cover.
While not one of the Army’s more important or older regiments, the regiment fought bravely and sustained heavy casualties. You will find the book helpful for tracking a front-line regiment’s activities. The book measures 2″ x 6″ x 9,” and has nearly eight hundred pages. It weighs 2 pounds and 1 ounces. The book’s index has a complete roster of officers for each Bataillon and company. The attrition it suffered is frightful. The company commanders who led charges across No Mans Land suffered major battle casualties.