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    19th and early 20th century portrait photography, and photo-history.
  1. Hi Gordon et al., if you are still interested in the topic at large, there is a Bundeswehr journal called if (for Innere Führung). In its Nr. 4/2016 issue there is a multipage article on how to meet the needs and demands of a multi-religious army, now that growing numbers of German muslims have joined as professional soldiers. Their numbers are estimated at about 1400-1600. One way was to institutionalize the ZASaG, Zentrale Ansprechstelle für Soldatinnen und Soldaten anderer Glaubensrichtungen (Central Topic Center for Soldiers of Other Religious Faith/Denominations). It is the first center within the Bundeswehr for soldiers of jewish or muslim faith. Up to that point they had to rely on clergy from outside the Bundeswehr. The article also gives a concise overview of the structure of pastoral military care in the Bundeswehr today. Unfortunately the internet presence of the journal was discontinued in 2013, so only the print version is still available. I got mine for free. If there is serious interest I´d be prepared to scan and mail the 8 page article. GreyC
  2. Hi, if familiar with the German language for starters: and: Ernst von Eisenhart-Rothe, Martin Lezius (Hrsg.): Das Ehrenbuch der Garde. Band I. und II: Die preußische Garde im Weltkriege 1914–1919. bearbeitet und mit Unterstützung der kameradschaftlichen Vereinigungen des ehemaligen Gardekorps und zahlreicher Angehöriger seiner Formationen, Berlin/Stuttgart ohne Jahresangabe, Tradition Wilhelm Kolk/Vaterländischer Verlag Oskar Hinderer. GreyC
  3. Very interesting collection of these symbols of regulatory executive force/power. GreyC
  4. Very nice, Ross. First time I have seen any. GreyC
  5. Hi, browsing thru the forum I came across this #2 post which was posted way back, so I don´t know if this is still of interest. But the signature on the mount of the photo does not designate the person in the photo but the photographer. His name was Vahldiek. There was a photographer in the 1870s by that name in Brunswig, so this photographer could be from that family (though the town´s name does not really look like Braunschweig. Not to be confused with another family of photographers in Schleswig Holstein and Rostock by the name of Vahlendieck. GreyC
  6. Hi, I don´t know if it is genuin or not, but I had the chance to have the writing translated by a chinese friend. It says: Medal (or decoration) for the fight against japanese imperialism by the commander of the 3rd warzone Gu Zhutong [name of the commander]. GreyC für den Kampf gegen den japanischen Imperialismus. Die untere Schriften bedeutet: von dem Befehlshaber der dritten Kriegszonen Gu, Zhutong (das ist die Name von dem Befehlshaber).
  7. Hi Chris, it means verstorben (passed away) and refers to the column where details of parents are noted. GreyC I, too, read ....dal. The rest is more difficult. GreyC
  8. Thank you for the link, Michael! But is it a EK I or EKII, I wonder? GreyC
  9. Hello gentlemen, I got this photo because it shows a war-blinded veteran. He wears his VWA (wound-badge) and a bar with what seems to be an EK. I haven´t seen one with a miniatur-cross on it on a bar like this (without the vertical stripes) before. Can you tell me, wether this kind of bar was offical and in use often? It seems to be an Iron Cross 1st class? 1915 the then director of the ophtalmological Institut of the University of Marburg, Prof. Dr. Alfred Bielschowsky started courses, in which those soldiers who returned with the loss of sight could start vocational training and rehab measures. From this, in cooperation with other institutions the Blindenstudienanstalt Marburg, the study center for blind people, emerged which still exists today as a high-school. Judging by the design of the Carte de Visite photo, the gentleman pictured will probably have belonged to the first veterans who made use of these courses. Thank you very much. GreyC
  10. Hi, the German writing on the middle photo means "Grandpa" in English, the writing on the sailor photo says "Two friends 17th March 1???". GreyC
  11. Hi, interesting picture! GreyC
  12. Hi Yorkstone, Reiter SA - Yes. Stuttgart - No. It is the place the afore mentioned book was published in in 1935. The Standarte was situated in Koblenz: GreyC
  13. Pleasure, Sir. There are photos of it in wear here in this forum in the section on the iron croses. In ID 8 you can even see a rabbi wearing the brassard. GreyC
  14. Hi, an interesting thread. Thanks for your article. The first brassard (?) in id 1, white/purple and red cross is in use in the German military since 1908, starting with Prussia and adopted for all states to be worn by all clerics of all christian denominations. The catholic clerics wore an additional purple stole during WW1. GreyC