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    creating replica uniforms, decorations, all periods

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  1. I know the Kaiser was, at one time, hot de trot for this decoration. I remember reading somewhere that he insisted on its wearing by many officers to whom it had been awarded. Still an odd medal to choose. Your suggestion about the #2 medal may be correct; can't tell from the photos I see.
  2. I enlarged this one and it looks like: EK2/War Service Cross/ ? / 1870-71 medal with many clasps/ Turkish Osmanie ?/ Centenary Depending on what the 3rd place medal is, it's still an odd display because of the next to last medal.
  3. Thank you. It's still a very odd assortment of medals, considering what he could have chosen to wear. And how did he get the Southwest Africa gong? Accompanying the Kaiser as ADC? Isn't that medal often smaller? Could this be a Mecklenburg Military Cross of Merit? Also a strange choice to wear in preference to others he was entitled to.
  4. EK2/Long Service/SW Afrika ??-how did he get that?/1870-71/?Saxe-Weimar White Eagle?/Centenary This seems to not follow the precedence rules.
  5. Sorry for my confusion! Still, we are now at the same place: A six or seven medal bar and only the beginning and the end accounted for. Some hints at some of the medals: one near the end looks like a Turkish medal, the Order of Osmanie. Someone must be able to get a sharper focus on these photos. Would that foreign medal come before the Prussian Centenary? Wouldn't think so but.....
  6. Revisiting this old thread. I am now trying to recreate this medal bar. It shouldn't be hard but it is, because, as the thread disclosed, there are no clear pictures of his medal bar, which probably changed as he acquired more gongs. Anyone interested in taking another crack at this? So far, only the 'bookends' seem accounted for: The 1870 EK2 and the Centenary Medal. The portraits hint at a lot of things and he had a wide choice. No Long Service? No 1870-71 Campaign cross? There's some weird medal, black or very dark ribbon with a complicated metal device on a ribbon bar. Can't place it. BTW, I'm not after his very late medal bar, already posted in this forum here:
  7. filfoster

    WW1 Italian Army rank insignia

    Thank you both! It seems like this area would benefit from a good comprehensive reference with some color plates and photos. Evidently there is not yet enough interest to make it commercially attractive?
  8. Does anyone know of a decently comprehensive illustrated guide to rank insignia of the Reggio Esercito in WW1? The Osprey offering is deficient in illustrating the rank insignia as is the Mollo WW1 book. There are a few, incomplete hits on Google. Specifically, what was the cuff rank and collar insignia for a Colonel in command of a Brigade? What colonel insignia was the three silver stars surrounded by gold embroidery? Molte grazie per le risposte.....
  9. Thanks much for this. Although it doesn't answer the question of who first thought it needed to be done, it is very satisfying to see the regulation itself.
  10. Still, some one individual first had the idea. That idea obviously found enough agreement to get it done. I think it would be fun/rewarding to identify who first had this idea, although I am resigned to the fact that it is probably lost to history.
  11. It is still incongruous to me that in the midst of a world war, someone (still unidentified!) thought these added distinctions were necessary. The insignia for field marshals had included the same collar and shoulder cords as for generals since 1870, granting the collar patches began about 1900 and that many generals entitled wore regimental distinctions. The WW1 field marshals, when not wearing regimental distinctions, wore shoulder cords and collar patches in common with lower grades of general, but with the shoulder devices of field marshal. I hope someone can identify the father of this brainchild.
  12. It'll be worth the wait. The Germans were so incongruous; fighting a world war but not too busy to create and amend uniform details that arguably didn't need to be done at all. I read somewhere that von Leeb was annoyed at the extra expense of changing these collar patches and shoulder cords. Clearly he wasn't the one lobbying for the sartorial enhancements.
  13. I doubt there's any source for this information but it's amazing to consider. On the eve of a two-front, total war for the triumph (soon to be just survival) of the Reich, some particular individual of sufficient importance thought it necessary to add more gold to the uniforms of field marshals. Only the Germans! I do hope someone with better researching skills or at least a hunch and a better database can point to the someone we can credit this idiocy.
  14. filfoster

    Aw Hecht!

    Many of the uniforms look distinctly blue. It must be an interesting story how this adjective came to be applied to that color.
  15. No one has statutes or portraits to support this? My guess, if it existed, was that it was for the head of the order, the Kaiser, but this is only a speculation.