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Chris Boonzaier

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  1. And now the silver..... 89 – b.I.L.R. 88 - b.R.I.R. 3, 76 - b.R.I.R. 12 69 – b.I.R. 1, 65 – b.I.R. 12 63 – Bavarian Jäger Regt (1. B.J.B. 22, 2.b.J.B. 21, 2. B.R.J.B. 20) 61 – b.I.R. 9, 60 - b.R.I.R. 10 59 – b.I.R. 15, b.R.I.R. 2 56 - b.R.I.R. 4 53 - b.R.I.R. 15, b.R.I.R. 52 50 – b.I.R. 18 46 – b.I.R. 2, 8, 11, b.R.I.R. 16, 44 - b.R.I.R. 11, 42 – b.I.R. 4, 41 – b.I.R. 10, 16 b.R.I.R. 18, 40 – b.I.R. 24 39 - b.R.I.R. 7, 38 - b.R.I.R. 8, 36 - b.R.I.R. 19 35 – b.I.R. 3, 20, b.R.I.R. 17, 34 – b.I.R. 25, 33 – b.I.R. 23, 31 – b.I.R. 17, b.R.I.R. 31 30- b.I.R. 13, 22, b.R.I.R. 1, 30, 29 – b.I.R. 19 28 - b.R.I.R. 22 27 - b.R.I.R. 13 26 – b.I.R. 7, 25 – b.I.R. 5, 22 – b.I.R. 22, b.J.B. 1 21 – b.J.B. 2 20 – b.R.J.B. 2 19 - b.R.I.R. 5 16 - b.R.I.R. 20 15 – b.I.R. 15, b.R.I.R. 14 12 – b.I.R. 6, 26, 11 – b.I.R. 27 10 – b.R.J.B. 1 9- b.I.R. 31 6 - b.I.R. 30, 32 5 - b.I.R. 28 2 - b.I.R. 29
  2. I counted up the number of Bavarian Bravery medal awards for each Active and reserve infantry regiment.... I must say, this astonished me. Of course, we need to take into account when some of the regiments were formed, but the 12 Reserve Infantry Regiments 1st place really astounded me.... 45 - b.R.I.R. 12 38 - b.I.L.R. 36 - b.R.I.R. 10, 11 30 – Bavarian Jäger Regt (1. b.J.B. 19, 2. b.J.B. 9, 2. b.R.J.B. 2) 26 - b.R.I.R. 3, 24 - b.R.I.R. 17 23 - b.I.R. 3, 18 20 – b.I.R. 19, 19 – b.J.Btl. 1 18 - b.R.I.R. 20 17 – b.I.R. 7, 13, b.R.I.R. 4, 8, 16 - b.I.R. 1, 2, 4, b.R.I.R. 14, 16, 21 15 – b.I.R. 6, 10, 11, 15, b.R.I.R. 1, 13, b.R.J.B. 1 14 – b.I.R. 8, 16, 21, 13 – b.I.R. 23, b.R.I.R. 22 12 – b.I.R. 9, b.R.I.R. 7, 11 – b.I.R. 5, 14, b.R.I.R. 6, 10 – b.I.R. 17, b.R.I.R. 15, 9 - b.R.I.R. 2, 19, b.J.Btl. 2 8 – b.I.R. 12, 20, 22, 7 - b.R.I.R. 18, 23 6 – b.I.R. 24, 25, b.R.I.R. 5, 5 – b.I.R. 26, 3 – b.I.R 28, 2 – b.R.J.B. 2 1 – b.I.R. 31 0 – b.I.R. 27, 29, 30, 32
  3. Yes indeed... but in general he was not a likeable guy... I was reading a Bio, when between the wars he was teaching at the same academy as Rommel, the feeling was that Rommel commanded by his personality, Schörner was respected because of his rank and reputation as a soldier, his personality not being something that warmed him to others. I have a few groups from WW2 where the guy was a combat stud in WW1, and a distastefull fellow in the 3rd Reich. Its a bit like OJ Simpson.... there was the football player /B Movie actor.... and there was the murderer.... a Before/After kinda deal....
  4. I have his Leib Regt honor ring and Militärpass as well ;-)
  5. OK, photo is dated April 1918 on the left Fw. Lt. Fritz Baier, recipient of the Austrian Golden Bravery medal. (11.9.1884) 2nd from left, Richard Steinhäuser, promoted Lt 11.4.1918 (11.11.1897) Schörner Right Bernhard Pechmann, EK1 on the 20th Marche 1918, buried by shellfire and reported as badly wounded and MIA at Kemmel on the 29th April 1918 (14.5.1898)
  6. To go with my tiny Schoerner collection..... Taken just before the Battle for Kemmel Schoerner Bernhard Freiherr v. Pechann Fähnrich Steinhäuser FwLt Baier Obviously Schoerner 2nd from the right, Pechmann extreme right methinks... not sure who is who on the left,,,, I guess the older one is the Fw Lt and the younger the Fähnrich
  7. For sure.... the EK Book? I had planned 2 years... used up over 10 before I reaslised it was not going to happen. I think the Bavarian one is more realistic... I am planning 6 months, hope to have it done in a year :-)
  8. I am guessing he was an NCO in Darmstadt (115th), was maybe wounded then sent to the School? Try a wound and assault badge, the wound badge loops will usually be closer together
  9. I think it is the Kriegsschule Wiener Neustadt? formerly the Austrian Kriegsschule.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresian_Military_Academy
  10. Hi Guys, thanks for the comments, all valid points indeed... so here are my thoughts.... I shelved the EK book project because there are simply not enough EK doc collectors to justify the project. The work would have needed to include the Iron Crosses as well, but then it becomes a multi volume work and it is a thankless, impossible task to go it alone. So I decided to concentrate on the Bavarian Infantry (Active and reserve for now)... Logically I included the Bavarian Jäger (as light infantry) and that means half of the Alpenkorps infantry is already included... Although not Bavarian I think we can agree that few people would complain if the rest of the Alpenkorps Infantry and a couple of other Mountain troops were included as an annexe. I think it is dooable in one big volume, at a push maybe in 2 smaller volumes... I need to see what form it takes. The secret is finding a happy medium, that there is enough variety to attract people with different intrests, and meat on the bones to give those people enough of what they want in their field of intrest... so I hope for the following... Photographic: - No Matter how much we like history, it is the illustrations that make a buyer decide, so.... - A wide range of variation as far as Bavarian award document/Militärpass etc go - A good selection of Period Photos - An interesting but not overpowering/exhaustive selection of bavarian Militaria Text: - a support function - Basic info which helps a collector understand what he is seeing - an annex that provides the reader with an overview of the actions that the various divisions took part in - for selected documents some deeper research about the man and his part in the war. At the moment - I have a potential co-author who is very interested in the Bavarian angle, especially Alpenkorps - I am tossing up whether it is better to look for a publisher or Self Publish and maintain flexibility - I am looking for a volunteer who may be able to help with layout (if there is anyone out there... :-) That be my thoughts of the day.... -
  11. Nice indeed! I no longer have my WW2 references... that is the shoulderstrap?
  12. Wow.... that looks like a promising start indeed!!! lets see the rest of it! :-)
  13. super guys, thanks! I will get on it at ancestry.
  14. The company clerk of the 11. Komp has a skript all of his own it seems... astonishingly different from the normal one... I will recheck the S's though
  15. Chris Boonzaier

    Belt Buckle - maybe Turkish?

    Maybe bring backs from a German NATO troop who then tossed them?
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