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Chris Boonzaier

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  1. Here is my best .... More details here... http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/49145-bavarian-gold-bravery-medal-group/?hl=riethmann#entry452231
  2. A number of Years ago I advanced the theory that the official order to issue Preliminary EK docs came at the beginning of 1916, anything done up until then was at unit initiative. My theory was that like after the 1870 war, post war official documents were planned This was based on the observation of many hundreds of documents and issue dates and the order in 1918 that all documents handed out to date were now to be considered the official document. This was poo pooed as there was no proof... then Wernitz published the order from 1916 saying that units should issue preliminary documents.... So my theory was confirmed... Now this!!!! I think it is the missing link....
  3. I have a really soft spot for the 12th Infantry... and the 12th Field artillery happened by chance....
  4. Hi, I have the von schwerin book on CD, does anyone know of any other books out there that deal with SB Rohr? Thanks Chris
  5. Lets see shoulder boards in all shapes and forms! Best would be a scan on a white background, front and back. Anyone posting a board is agreeing that they may be used in a database (if we get enough to justify one). Officers, other ranks, pre war, wartime, etc. etc. etc.... lets see them!
  6. Hi, Oelhafen unfortunately turns out to be a stamped signature. Some time ago RickL identified a Berlin Document I had signed by another really nasty SS policeman... i JUST CAN NOT FIND THE THREAD SHOWING WHICH ONE IT WAS .-8
  7. Have said it once, have said it twice, have said it 3 times.... the Ehrenkreuz documents sometimes have fantastic gems hidden on them....
  8. I have often wondered how many, if any, collect these by the numbers.... They are often called "March Out" photos and in many cases were robably the last photo taken by the young men in them. Infanterie Regiment 114
  9. I must check when i get home. It would be a bit of a relief, I did not want it to spoil the price of the group.
  10. I was trying to figure out what price I needed for this Bavarian Heavy Cavalry group... then saw the signature on the Ehrenkreuz document... Otto Von Oelhafen. Which may make the Ehrenkreuz document be worth more than the group itself?
  11. Dr. Erbse's Iron Cross

    I never expected to see that added to an "ugly" :-)
  12. A nice jeweller addition to an ugly KO... :-)
  13. Foreign Legion in Maroc, 1925

    The 4th Foreign Legion Regiment was very active in Morocco in the 20s, I just picked up the following for my mini collection...... I am just trying to figure out if this was a CM or EM ? Mounted Company, or General Staff?
  14. Welcome Martin, I must admit, i did not realise these were being faked that much???
  15. Very nice... call me insanely jealous!!! I cannot help with the maker ...
  16. Hi, I only thought of it when it was too late, as usual... and I would go back and do the editing to all the threads, but I am more of an EK document guy, so the errors I would make would be numerous... If you have posted a bar, AND you have time, could you go back and edit the post, adding a small description as to what is on the bar, and anything else that comes to mind? It would be a huge added value to the threads. As it is it is great, they show all possible combinations, and for a "anything other than EK dud" like me, they are a real eye opener. Thanks for all the contributions! Best Chris
  17. I think it is leather, I have that on a couple of combat knives from WW1
  18. Can you post the whole thing? Are you sure it is WW1?
  19. The Bavarian 12th and 12th Reserve Regiment are ones that I really focus on (Other than Alpenkorps) and I had an eye on this tunic for ages, inspite of the fact that there is no name tag... what is also very interesting is a pocket on the inside flap. It is actually a double pocket, the back part is a regular wide pocket, then the front pocket is a leather one. As you can see, the back one opens the whole length the front one is like a pouch you put your hand into (falf of it is sewn closed)... I assume it is done in leather because of the strength, and I assume some military equipment purpose and not because he always had a pocket full of points pistachheo nuts... and thoughts?
  20. This is the bar belonging to Doctor Fritz Erbse, He was a native of Rudolstadt, .... The order is of course crazy, but seems professionally and period mounted? He was born in 1875, so would have been over 60 when this was mounted, and no longer serving in any capacity... so the military control of how they are mounted would not have existed... but there must have been some kind of rhyme or reason behind it. I do not know the origins of the bar, it is however a unique combination and the previous owner was able to identify it quite easily. I am not a diehard "believe the piece, not the story"... and I am pretty convinced that no collector would ever, ever, ever have made such errors if they had mounted it for some "faker" purpose, it is simply totally way out there.... but after examining it, I think it is mounted as worn.... obviously not on an army uniform... maybe redcross... Any thoughts welcome..... Here is his Iron Cross
  21. A silly question... why does the bavarian Red Cross cross on the left hand side not have a crown? Is it postwar?
  22. Thanks Dave. I must admit that I was surprised when I realised that the Saxons were there in Ypres that early.
  23. This is an interesting little group... a man who served in one of the divisions that were volunteered in August 1914 as untrained soldiers and were already fighting 6 weeks later. He was wounded at Zonnebeke on the 5th of May 1915 and his war was over.... the most interesting part is the EK doc, sent from the regiment to him after he was invalided out.... The "Diese Mitteilung gilt zugleich als ausweis!" means "this notifications doubles as your award document"... it is also a Generic document which can be used for any award from any state, but is a special print for the regiment...
  24. The one set is sewn down, the other stiffend with working buttons... I assume that is very unusual??