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  1. A bit more about Plesch : He served first as rearguard doctor . later he obtained his assignement to the Eastern Front . He won the EK 1 when in his words : I not lost my head and gave the orders for a retirement of my field ambulance without the loss of any wounded avoiding the russian encirclement by the use of a hidden road . In 1934 he emigrated to England and later to USA .was close friend and personal physician of Albert Einstein .
  2. Interesting ! and singular, The portrait shows a Oberstabsarzt (Major ) wearing the 1915 bluse . but his shoulderboards are not backed in blue cloth neither his collar patches . A possible candidate is Prof Dr Johann Plesch 1878 1957 . A hungarian who served into the Prussian Army . and won the EK
  3. Perhaps the strange coat is a windbreaker . appears to be slghtly cossed at the front .
  4. Its my pleasure . Regarding to the rectangular insignia , its possible but i believe that the POW number , was not carried in this manner . if carried . The Italian Army weared a number of speciality badges some braided over cloth but all were carried on the sleeves .
  5. Hello : The soldier in the photo ,wears the : Distintivo per fatiche di guerra ,created in May of 1916 . it consisted in a ribbon with the national italian colours .Without star means less than a year of war . one star one year , two ,two years the maximum was four stars . The distintivo ceased in 1920 and was absorbed into the War medal . Its difficult to affirm at which branch of the ItalianArmy belonged the soldier . the mostrina of his collar is of the type used by the Artillery , and the Engineers . black in both cases with yellow piping the first and dark red in the case of the others . The Milizia territoriale of Infantry used the same type of mostrina in red and the Medical Corps also but in dark red colour . finally the Commisariat wears a medium blue one with black piping . If i am not wrong , the distintivo was mainly for soldiers serving into commands and intendenzas or mobilized to the war theatres of the Alps
  6. Hello : once upon a time I owned a nearly identical revolver it was belgian . manufacture Shriever if my memory not fail .the caliber was . 44 a short and dick thing . i fired a dozen of rounds of an old box which i buyed with the revolver . It was a sin . late i sold the gun with no ammo . it was 44 years ago here in my Argentine .the revolver itself was not very good not bad .
  7. Hello : The service schirmmutze worn in the field was usually a stiffened one but with only the front corset whale piece into the crown . and of course the wire ring . The Reitmutze althoug mainly a Cavalry item , was not forbidden to the other officers which in essence were considered fellow gentlemen accostumed to the practice of equestrian sports . naturally , the officers of Artillery were more close to the riders ,
  8. Hello : Officers normally have a soldier as ordonnanz .this assistent has many functions one to care of his boss uniforms and equipment inclusive carryng to the field and bivouak the undress uniforms .
  9. A gentleman rider cap for a cavalry officer of the 1st or 2nd Heavy cavalry Regiments . make a proof , take the weight of this cap and that of a common one and compare both . if the crusher is lighter possibly is destined to equestrian competition
  10. Another question : About when this type of sidecaps were introduced in the british Army ? they have a neat austro hungarian flavour . some are almost identical to AH cavalry sidecaps . and the AH caps are modelled in the Bocskai cap of hungarian roots. It could be of interest to search about the cause of the apparition in the british Army of precisely this pattern of sidecap and not other
  11. Chris : fauve in french , fawn in english , leonado in spanish . designes a colour with various shades but generally a sort of light tan or a yellowish tan similar to the colour of the hair of the lion or the cougar . is the colour of the natural tanned leather . whose shade varies according with the process of tanning .
  12. Hello : All right , black men served in the imperial german Army , not only in the Schutztruppen . but not as officers , at most as kettle drummer , musicians or bandmaster , and the man with dark face pictured is a officer and mounted what implies he is at least a kompaniefuhrer,
  13. A candidate is Oskar Kummetz , a konteradmiral since January of 1940 ,and commanding the naval forces during the invasion of Norway .Kummetz in 1940 was a man of 48 years old .
  14. Chris : With the Bunte Rock , only the prussian machine gunners and the Jager zu Pferde used to wear brown leather footwear and belts ammo pouchs and so on . With the introduction of the field grey uniform the use of brown leather items was generalized . so the men marched in 1914 with rather fauve than brown leather equipment , including belts . the officers went to battle with the leather and brocade feldbinbe . suspended of which carried the pistol into a brown leather holster , the binoculars and a map holster . the junior officers not mounted , carried in addition a small offiziere tornister at the back supported by leather straps . the colour was more fawn than brown .
  15. Peter : I think that the mounted man is an officer ,almost certainly a Hauptmann . and so impossible to be black . to me the man exhibes a brutal sun tanning ,produced by many days marching under the heavy sun of the european summer. i had seen other photos of officers and men resting without headgear and the contrast between the colour of the brow with the rest of the face is notable .