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  1. Hi Dave, thanks for this interesting info. When he gave the interview he must have been well into his 60s and his miltary service was not the focal-point of the interviewer. So Gropius just mentioned it by the way. Maybe he wanted to keep it short yet make a certain point (bravery). GreyC
  2. Hi, during the 19th century especially it was a la mode for wealthy people in Germany to have medals made to remember special occasions. wedding-anniverseries, special birthdys etc. Everybody invited to these functions then got one of these tokens. This could well be one of these, issued on the occasion of a wedding. GreyC
  3. The scars are no signs of a sport but of being member of a "Schlagende Verbindung", of which there were many in Germany during that time, and there are still some today. They are student associations. The duells were not part of a sporting activity, but a matter of honor and a ritual of "belonging" to a certain circle of academia. These duells were called Mensur (singular) and were highly ritualised and often bloody as can be seen on a photo from my collection taken in 1927 after such an event with all involved. GreyC
  4. Yes he did. The thing is, that the TV piece was on a new biography on Gropius (by Bernd Polster) which comes to the conclusion that Gropius was as good at selling himself as he was an architect and that he (at times) was interpreting the facts to his advantage, if you like. GreYC
  5. Hi, by coincidence saw an old interview on the telly with Gropius during which he mentioned having been with the Wilhelmina Husars, but that he served with the Zieten-Husars (3rd HR) during the war claiming to have gotten the first IC in his regiment. Well, that´s what he said, anyway. GreyC
  6. Hi, I would still go with special ammo-pouches. The bags for disk-grenades were larger and were carried on the waistbelt. https://www.feldgrau-forum.com/threads/was-ist-das-fuer-ein-ausruestungsgegenstand.31583/#post-127900 GreyC
  7. Hi Chris, a specialist from a German WW1 forum (Feldgrau-Forum) identified it as a rare bandolier for Schneeschuhtruppen from Bavaria later also worn by colleagues from Wurttemberg. GreyC
  8. Hi Glenn, I was told by an expert on German colonial questions that it is not the EKII but the KO4x for his stint in Samoa in 1888. GreyC
  9. Hi, this is an old post, but I´d like to present a photo of Hugo Emsmann as Kommandeur of Helgoland around 1908. GreyC
  10. Hi Gary, it is always better to post a photo of the original in question. s/l= seinem lieben= his beloved z.Erg. is probably an unusually abbriviaton Erg =zur Erinnerung= in memory of/to remind you of GreyC
  11. Could it be one of those badges distributed for the paticipants of the early NSDAP get-togethers that were allowed to be worn on the uniforms during early Wehrmacht/Kriegsmarine times? GreyC
  12. Hi Paul, that echos my thoughts. Maybe not Russia but Greece/Balkans? GreyC
  13. Hi, I am actually sceptical that it is either. On second thoughts.... Here is a black one. GreyC
  14. Hi Komtur, as someone collecting photographs and documents of members of the Freiwillige Kriegskrankenpflege this is a wonderful post. Thank´s for sharing! GreyC
  15. Hi, now that you are mentioning it.... Unteroffizier der Reichswehr Schießauszeichnung 2nd grade plus sharpshooter grade, at Andy: Thanks for the nice illustration. GreyC
  16. Yes, but to my knowledge most of them were worn on the other side, were they not? GreyC
  17. Yes, single cockade becausee the photo was made well prior to 1897, when the national cockade was introduced. Thanks, GreyC
  18. Ah, ok. Did firefighters of that period have long service stripes? The stripes on the sleeves remind me of the long service stripes of the Red Cross. GreyC
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