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Chris Boonzaier

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    The Imperial Iron Cross, WW1 research, The Boer war, The campaigns in South West and East Africa 1914-18...
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  1. Chris Boonzaier

    Some ‘Death cards’ ww1 era

    As chance would have it, I just received a collection of 650 death cards yesterday, I was not looking specifically for the word, but read them all and "Spital" jumped out on one card. I do agree that it would have been used in Germany, but I am supposing by the beginning of the 20th century it is mainly regional? The German card in question was from a guy who lived very close to the Austrian border. Language/Dialect/Words are seldom stopped by a border, so would I be right in thinking that by the beginning of WW1 it was mainly in use not only in Austria etc, but also still comman in border areas?
  2. Chris Boonzaier

    Some ‘Death cards’ ww1 era

    Hi, granted, I have not noticed it used but I have not looked. I cannot remember seeing it used on a German death card though...
  3. Chris Boonzaier

    Some ‘Death cards’ ww1 era

    Is Spitale an Austrian only word for Hospital? I have not seen it used on German Death cards?
  4. Hi, we visited it a couple of years ago, going to the village where the division crossed the river.
  5. It is a common name, but that looks like a very possible candidate! You will recognize the terrain? ;-)
  6. Hi Jeff, it was my understanding that Depots would sell to officers, but they converted Other ranks to officers? Does it have a Soldbuch Pocket?
  7. Unfortunately not... I guess these were 2 things hanging on the wall, the paper is discolored from the frame... I assume the rest of his stuff was in a drawer and got separated....
  8. I am a big "fan" of the 10th reserve Division, they were very prolific at Verdun, and in May were the spearhead in the advance over the Chemin des Dames, to the village of Bourg where they were fighting to cross the Vesle River on the 28th of May 1918. Unteroffizier Max Müller earned a Divisional commendation for his fighting with his MG08/15, suppressing French Machine Guns, revolver canons and Armoured cars....
  9. I do not think it is a Werkschutz of any sort, not with that kind of equipment
  10. I recently picked up this great pic of the 7th SB, better said, the SturmAbteilung of the 7th Army before the SB was formed
  11. This was an interesting find, the sheet music to the Battalion song.....
  12. Chris Boonzaier

    New additions

    An R3 is always a nice find.... I remember a time when dealers did not even notice an R3... it would be in a box with 20 or 30 or 50 other EK2s...
  13. Chris Boonzaier

    EKII Spange document group

    Nice! I wonder what a Heimat Fakbatterie was doing in Krakau?? A bit far from the Heimat methinks?
  14. I was wondering if it was a possible way of explaining why it is on the extreme right of the bar, 2 possibilities I could think of 1) As a Schwarzburg native, maybe he had it extreme right so it would be first if he wore it with a Frack? 2) Maybe he wore the bar in this form on civilian/SA/Redcross occasions but with the schwarzburg cross in the buttonhole (in the same way bavarian Bravery medal did) and added it late in life after removing some vereins medal 3) or maybe it is just because some things cannot really be explained, people simply do crazy sht.