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  1. Welcome, Guy. I hope that this is the first of many from your collection that you will post here. If so, this looks like it is going to be an interesting thread and I, for one, am looking forward to it!
  2. ... and if he is your man, volume 2 (p. 295) of the same Navy List shows that he was assigned to the Anti-Submarine Warfare Division. Source:
  3. Egorka I wonder if this is your man (VD being the abbreviation for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration). Annoying that only the initial of his first name is given! Source:
  4. Paul To my eye, it looks like a lower case gothic or Black Letter 'n', which would make it 1928, with the maker being Garrards, of course. Source: 1896-1915.html
  5. Von Thronstahl The pencil caption to the first photo says 'Wurt[t]emberg', doesn't it? That being the case, the 1866 (for example) Schematismus lists four members of the family in Austrian service.
  6. I would never have expected to find an article setting out the experiences of a 1950s National Service officer seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force in that bastion of post-colonial liberalism, The Guardian. I was delighted, therefore, to find this: not least for the magnificent photograph of the Queen inspecting a RWAFF Guard of Honour, which shows very clearly the uniforms of the locally-enlisted troops and the European officers (as usual, click to see a larger version).
  7. Thank you so much, Sommerfeld, for pointing me to this resource, which I wasn't aware of and which, after a quick investigation, I realise is an important source for anyone researching the Austria-Hungary forces in WW1. For anyone who has never seen these Verlustlisten (Casualty lists) before, they can be accessed online via the links below. Each has a slightly different interface but each had its merits. State Library of Upper Austria (colour): Austrian National Library (monochrome):
  8. Thanks for the correction, Wraith42.
  9. Sommerfeld May I ask where the first image comes from, please? I note the discrepancy (LIR 84 and LIR 34) between the two sources but I imagine that the death notice is correct (perhaps a typo in the first source).
  10. Welcome, Larissa. Here's a start for you: Franz Teucher was a Lt. Colonel (Obstlt = Oberstleutnant). Dr Joseph Kalapos was a doctor with the rank of Colonel (Ob. Arzt = Oberstarzt). In 1912 he was attached to the 60th KuK Infantry Regiment. Others here will correct or/and add to what I have stated and, perhaps, give some IDs, I am sure.
  11. I know you chaps aren't normally the types to browse the Daily Mail website (just who are these Kardasians, anyway?) but this story about a group of officers in the Tank Corps, all of whom survived the Great War, might be of interest. One memorable quote from the story: one of the officers (Lt Gerald Edwards) described fighting in a tank battle as 'hell with the lid on'. The key to the officers in the photo below, together with mini-biogs, is contained in the article at the link above.
  12. imperial russia

    Paul The BM web page for this item (see below) states that it was donated in 1878 by Lt-Gen Augustus W H Meyrick.
  13. Nice group, Lancer. For my education, can you tell me, am I seeing a separate piece of headgear from a parade czapka or am I seeing the parade czapka with a foul weather cover?
  14. Thank you for posting these, Enzo. It is always most instructional - as well as being a delight - to see examples from your wonderful collection.
  15. Fascinating film, Spasm. Interesting that, as early as 1946, there was such a pressing (sorry!) need that it was worth creating machine tools specifically to convert helmets into cullenders.