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IR 91

Only very little can be learned about the infantry regiments with Czech nationality. The basic source of information for blog editing is the Internet, which is quite confusing in such cases, because the interest for the topic in the Czech Republic is very small. And other non-Czechs do not research these units. The 28th and 36th infantry regiments are an exception, because they were removed from the military during the war due to treason and desertion. This was such a seriously humiliating measure, the explanation of which (that is, the reasons for the desertion) is still being sought by historians, in order to make the brand of cowardice that is thus imposed on the entire nationality a little lighter.

The 91st Infantry Regiment basically stood tall, just like many other Czech units. Its command and staff were in Prague. Budweis and the Czech Forest landscape unit were the regiment’s supplementary areas. Germans and Czechs also lived in the area. The regiment is best known for the fact that Svejk, the brave Czech soldier, served in this regiment. The regiment fought in Serbia in 1914, then in the winter of 1914 it was transferred to the Carpathians. It took part in the big offensive that took place in the spring of 1915, and was sent to the Italian front in December 1915, then again to Serbia at the very end of the war.

Next to the regiment’s insignia, I can include a letter seal in the post, which shows a view of the city of Budweis in 1602. I can only assume that this could also be the year the regiment was founded. It is interesting that similar letterheads usually depict the battle scenes of Regimental Day, rather than the skyline of the city.

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