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Otto Scherk

Birthplace: Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Death: October 30, 1914 (25)
Vailly Sur Aisne, Aisne, Hauts-de-France, France (WWI Battle of Vailly )
Immediate Family:

Son of Hermann Scherk and Rosalie Scherk
Brother of Alfred Scherk and Margarethe Scherk

Managed by: Dan Bodenheimer (Cousin Detective)
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About Otto Scherk

On 2 August 1914, Gefreiter Otto Scherk's regiment was mobilized for war in Berlin. He was in the 9th company of the 24th Infantry Reserve: Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich Franz II von Mecklenburg-Schwerin (4. Brandenburgisches) Nr. 24 of the 12. Infanterie-Brigade of the 6. Infanterie-Division of the III. Armee-Korps of the 1. Armee.

Otto died on 30 October 1914 during the battle at Vailly, France which turned out to be an important battle as to the doctrine of trench warfare. It was the first battle in which the 1st Army produced an after-action report of the important lessons they'd learned about aerial reconnaissance targeting of artillery. The 3rd Army Corps also made first use of fire waves from which rolling barrages and box barrages were born, their success serving as the model for this new type of coordinated and carefully planned warfare.

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Otto Scherk's Timeline

June 17, 1889
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
October 30, 1914
Age 25
Vailly Sur Aisne, Aisne, Hauts-de-France, France