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Strength of the German Army (1890-1914)
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(2) This number represents the army’s peacetime strength set forth in the law of March 11, 1887 (excluding one-year volunteers); Statistisches Jahrbuch für das Deutsche Reich [Statistical Almanac for the German Reich] 1887, p. 161.

(3) This number represents the army’s peacetime strength set forth in the law of July 15, 1890 (excluding one-year volunteers): Statistisches Jahrbuch für das Deutsche Reich 1891, p. 148.

(4) Based on the figure of 479,229 (the army’s peacetime strength set forth in the Law of August 3, 1893), plus the non-commissioned officers no longer included in figures for the peacetime army; Statistisches Jahrbuch für das Deutsche Reich, 1894, p. 149.

(5) Compiled as described in note 4. Statistisches Jahrbuch für das Deutsche Reich, 1900, p. 172.

(6) Analogue to notes 4 and 5.

(7) The number of volunteers includes the number of one-year volunteers, i.e. privileged recruits who only had to serve one year due to their school education and payment of their subsistence costs. See Ritter/Kocka, Deutsche Sozialgeschichte [German Social History], p. 224 f.



Source: Statistisches Jahrbuch für das Deutsche Reich [Statistical Almanac for the German Reich], respective volumes.

Table included in Gerd Hohorst, Jürgen Kocka, and Gerhard A. Ritter, eds., Sozialgeschichtliches Arbeitsbuch: Materialien zur Statistik des Kaiserreichs 1870-1914 [Social History Workbook: Materials on Kaiserreich Statistics 1870-1914]. Munich, 1975, vol. 2, pp. 171-72.

Translation: Adam Blauhut

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