Chris Boonzaier

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  1. Democracy is totally overrated...... :-)
  2. I know nothing about the Regiment but I assume more Hungarian than Austrian? This is really interesting as WW1 EK docs to Foreigners are really very, very difficult to fing....
  3. When it comes to Militaria.... the Mailman is my "dealer"!
  4. .... makes an Ebay buy that much sweeter....... :-)
  5. Yup indeedy..... I have some München Beer in the Fridge and am waiting for the mailman......
  6. You are talking about Mervyn... but he passed on.... so I took his place.... :-)
  7. I wonder how he ended up in Frejus?
  8. Hi Rebecca, there is only one Gentleman here... and I be he! The other members are just a bunch of guys... and some gals.... so welcome!!! All the best Chris (Gentleman) ;-)
  9. Hi, If I were to use one of these in a Bavarian Blue Waffenrock... which ones would be the best and which Bayonet? Lets say "1913 style"
  10. A war face??? That is the Face of a guy driving to work, knowing his wife is using the computer to order Birthday presents for the kids.... and not being able to remember if he had erased his Browser History before he left home that morning...... :-)
  11. Hi, I have one with a Malaya Bar, the naming is 43076 S C ISHAK.B.NGAH OMAR F.of.M. Pol I assume Special Constable Ishak B Ngah Omar Federation of Malaya Police ? Thanks Chris
  12. Would I be correct in assuming a Nachrichten Offizier der O.H.L beim A.O.K. 18 would be from the O.H.L attached to assure Communications from the A.O.K to the O.H.L ? Best Chris
  13. During the time spent in the frontline at Maurepas during the battle of the Somme by the Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment Nr. 7 , Private Grieshammer and Gefreiter Mütter (both of the 9th Company) distinguished themselves with exemplary courage on the 18th of August 1916. During the day they braved the heaviest bombardments of all calibers to bring messages from the Battalion to Regimental command post. When the French advanced after numerous attacks they once again made the perilous journey. Thrown to the ground numerous times by exploding shells they reached the Le Forest positions to relay a request for reinforcements and ammunition to the commander of the reserve battalion. They then skillfully guided the reinforcements through the enemy barrage using their knowledge of areas where the fire was less heavy to arrive in the front line without loss. A few hours later they volunteered again to search for the stretcher bearers. Due to fog they were not able to find them but as dawn broke they found their way to the regimental headquarters and relayed the need for stretcher bearers. They then returned through the enemy barrage to transmit a message to the battalion.
  14. Hi Mark, thanks for the information! I will indeed keep them together! I assume he was not in one of the 4 Regiments and was probably on the Brigade staff ? Thanks Chris
  15. Hi Trio to Pte W.B. Henderson Kalahari Hse on the star, 1st SA Inf Brigade on the BWM and Kalahari Hse on the Victory (Bilingual). Can anyone tell me why the units on the BWM and Vic are different? Thanks Chris
  16. This is about as good as a Trench Map gets... 21st of March 1918, operation Michael, the plan of the creeping Barrage or "Feuerwalze" in the Bullecourt area where the British 59th Division was in the line. The map is marked "Streng Geheim" and belonged to an officer of the 16th Bavarian Minenwerfer Company.
  17. Hi, Gebruder Hemmerle means "The Hemmerle brothers" Best Chris
  18. Indeed it was ;-) I have a box of maps from the officer, he kept every map he ever touched during the war :-)
  19. 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!
  20. Some time ago I picked up not one but 2 Militärpass belonging to Uffz. George Hofmann.... Fantastic early Ypres area battles... Poelcapelle, Langemark etc.... more "Ypres" you cannot find! :-)
  21. Hi, here is a write up of a young man killed in the actions of 1914... Hofmann had been in the army 2 monhts before his first wound.
  22. Here is a real "Out of the woodwork" piece! :-)