Chris Boonzaier

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  1. OK, Shell splinter, Eye damage? Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks Chris
  2. I thought this was an interesting card.... I assume most of Ernst Röhm possessions were destroyed... I wonder how this survived?
  3. I went out on a limb on ebay and picked up the following, thinking you could never know if the edelweiss had recently been added..... But, I am pretty happy with it.... the leather inside is so hard and fossilized, you cannot bend it at all, never mind bending it back to sew something through the lining. I cannot figure out how anyone could have sewn on the edelweiss other than many, many decades ago when the leather was still supple... If you tried to bend the leather to see the stiching, it would break right away....
  4. Funny to see how "field grey" this became.... the Jäger Green cam only be seem in a few folds and on the inside under the lining!!
  5. It is of course 100% supposition, but based on a number of the cases I have had with the 2nd Bavarian Jäger.... it is very possible for a guy to have been in the 2nd Jäger, then land up in an infantry unit, then to return to the Jäger at demobilisation. It is possible that Gremmels was only in the 10th Jäger for a short period of time, although the hat is well worn....
  6. I am having trouble finding this name... Gremets Geemers ... I cannot find a combination that fits.... does anyone have a clue?? Thanks Chris
  7. Hi Bernhard, Thanks, the tip with the double M nailed it. Gremmels is not a comman name and seems to be mainly found in the Hannover area. I combed all 3 volumes, it seems he was not an officer, not an EK1 recipient and not KIA... otherwise I cannot find any name lists? Best Chris
  8. This is a nice one.... especially the makers logo!! And of course the Alpenkorps connection with Goslar....
  9. Hi, I have just merged two topics, so a number of items may be posted twice in this thread. thanks Chris
  10. Hi, apparently he has lived in the states for many years.... On a rhodesian group they confirmed he was in Rhodesia.... but in a home guard kind of unit. I assume he used his very probably fake USSF credentials and some possibly BS Legion credentials to get in the Rhodesian army.... I would guess his US Special Forces credentials are the easiest ones to disprove?
  11. This cannot be right... right?
  12. 1st day of the Somme, casualty on the other side of the wire... The RIR99 was at Thiepval, the 3rd company just to the south west in the Granatloch. The Highland light infantry broke into their lines and wiped out most of the company in hand to hand fighting.
  13. Hi, do you have a specific date as the composition would have changed throughout the war. Best Chris
  14. On the off chance that anyone is interested in the opening stages of the war in German South West Africa in 1914, or if anyone has medals to the South African Mounted Rifles or Transvaal Horse Artillery, a look at the casualty list here may be of interest. If you have any medals to anyone who was present at Sandfontein i am sure this will be of interest. Still to come are some photos, medals and maps, but for the time being, here is the bare bones info.
  15. Hi, I just cannot decide what the best document in this group is......
  16. Hi, The best way to get the ball rolloning is a 2 prong assault 1) Post your goodies 2) Invite your friends Best Chris :-)
  17. Yup, the group itself is super cool, especially as he was an MG guy from 1914 to 1918 and missed none of the major actions... the ring may be a rather "niche" item... but is waaaay sexy!!
  18. Very nice indeed... and as Ostpreussenmann says, rare to a gefreiter. I have maybe only 8-10 docs to such "lowly" ranks. Bavarian EK1s to lower ranks are scarcer than Prussian as Bavarian units had other awards they could give out instead of the EK1
  19. This young man saw no combat in WW1, but did serve in Charlottenburg until November 1919... I assume his EK2 was for Freikorps actions? Any thoughts? Thaks Chris
  20. A Battalion Commander of the Infantry Lehr Regiment
  21. Here is a neat little pile of regt Königin things... I think the loose crowns are part of the shoulder board setup....
  22. Hi, anyone notice a trend here....
  23. Hi, sorry, was a bit fast off the bat there, he spent one month with the II. Batl, then seems to have gotten sich and transfered out. So the month with the 442 was his only front experiance. There are no other relevant entries. There is an entry that he is only Garnison Dienst fähig. The question is, if a probably wimpy guy arrives in the unit, spends a month there then goes hom sick... what unit would recommend him for an EK ? I think its impossible to say, maybe the 442 service was what ge got it for, but he seems to have had a more active time with the Reichswehr?
  24. Hi, sorry. had not posted the whole set yet.....