The first major
offensive led by the new Assault Detachment was
during the first days of the Battle of Verdun
in February 1916. Storm troops from the Assault
Detachment was used in the first wave leading some
units into the French trenches, attacking seconds
after the barrage had lifted. This generally worked
very well, even though it worked much better against
the first trench line than against the less
well-known enemy rear-area.
On April 1, 1916, the
Assault Detachment was redesignated "Assault
Battalion Rohr". Around this time it also increased
its size from two to four pioneer companies. At the
same time, work began on transforming several Jäger
battalions into new Assault Battalions.