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  1. ... I wasn’t aware of that book. Thank you for the hint. Best; Flyingdutchman
  2. .. a small addition was sent to me recently, another period photo of Victor Digeon von Monteton. Thanks for looking. Best; Flyingdutchman
  3. ... interesting. What kind of inscriptions do they have, please? Best; Flyingdutchman
  4. The 2nd Guards Ulan Regiment (German: Königlich Preußisches 2. Garde-Ulanen Regiment) was a cavalry regiment of the Prussian Army formed in 1819 in Potsdam, Prussia, and served as a Guards regiment garrisoned in Berlin. By the order of the King Frederick William III of Prussia, the regiment was first formed in 1817. Prior to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, the regiment was garrisoned in Berlin and Charlottenburg, when a new barrack was built in the borough of Berlin-Moabit. Although mostly a reserve guard regiment, the unit was first deployed to break up barricades erected in Berlin during the March Revolution of 1848. The regiment was first fully deployed for the Austro-Prussian war in 1866, being deployed in Silesia and Bohemia and the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. In France the regiment was initially deployed in Lorraine before moving to assist in the Siege of Paris. Great War In World War I the regiment was part of the Guards Cavalry Division fighting on the Western Front. After the mobilization the regiment moved through Belgium and was involved in the First Battle of the Marne before the general retreat to Reims where it was under sad feelings of the soldiers dismounted and got involved in trench warfare as well as signalling operations. By September 1914, the regiment was divided, with 3rd and 4th Squadrons (2nd half-regiment) sent to the 2nd Cavalry Division and the 1st and 2nd Squadrons (1st half-regiment) remaining in the 2nd Guards Infantry Division. 1st half-regiment: On 20 November 1914, it moved into Russian Poland and by August 1915 moved into Vilna, as a part of the Gorlice–Tarnów Offensive. By the end of October 1915, the half-regiment was involved in operations in Courland and was involved in the capture of Riga in September 1917. In November 1917, the unit moved back to the Western Front where they remained till the end of the war. 2nd half-regiment remained first on the Western Front and in April 1915 was transferred to Galicia, but soon returned to the Western Front. In 1917 it again returned to the Eastern Front in action around Vilna before returning to the West, where it remained until the end of the war. After the end of the war, in December 1918 the squadrons reunified and returned to Berlin, where the regiment was demobilized and then dissolved in 1919. The traditions of the regiment were continued by the Reichswehr, within the 4th Squadron of the 4th (Prussian) Reiter-Regiment in Perleberg. The Barracks The barracks of the 2nd Guards Ulan Regiment were located in the Tiergarten (Berlin-Moabit), Invaliden-street no. 56. On the terrain of the former Royal Gunpowder Factory, developed in the 19th century, a military complex consisting a Oberfeuerwerkerschule on the Lehrter Street, an artillery depot with barracks of the 1st Guards Field Artillery Regiment on the Krupp-street, barracks of the 4th Guards Foot Guard Regiment at Rathenower Street and 2nd Guards Ulan at the Invalidenstrasse 56 was built. All these barracks were created between 1846 and 1848 according to a drawing by Friedrich August Stüler in the English style of a castle. They were designed for four squadrons and had a riding lane and stables for 676 horses, open courts for riding and parade exercises, a blacksmith shop and storage rooms. Between 1879 and 1880, Oskar Appelius (1837-1904) and Gottlieb Henri Richard La Pierre built a red-brick building with a riding lane at Seydlitzstrasse for the addition of a fifth squadron. Further extensions followed in 1890/91, between 1901 and 1910 and 1913/14. Even after 1918, the barracks were used for military purposes. 1944 units were stationed of the Wachbatallion under their commander Major Ernst Remer (1912-1997), which on 20 July 1944 surrounded the Bendlerblock and contributed to the failure of the conspiracy of the men around Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg. After 1945 the barracks, badly damaged during the war because of Allied bombardements and the heavy street-fighting in entire Berlin, were used by the Berlin police administration. In 1955, down-laying of the ruins began, which were not completed until the 1970s. In the late 1970’s the Heinrich Zille settlement was built on the site. The in 1923 erected monument for the fallen Ulans of the Great War was resettled during the course of demolition work in the newly created Claire-Waldoff-Promenade. The Tschapka The Tschapka, which originates from the polish word Czapka, featured here, belonged to a One-Year-Volunteer. The Tschapka is ready for parade with the white horse hair plume and the red Rabatte for parade, a colored cloth item in Regimental colours, worn over the neck of Ulan Tschapka and on the breast of Ulan Ulanka (Tunics) for parades. There is also a reversible camouflage cover with a huge red stripe on one side and the original box for the Tschapka and plume. The photo of the former wearer is also there. A a scarce set surviving from the times bevor lights went out in Europe, when German cavalry men paraded in full colours, proudly mounted on their horses, through the streets of Berlin. ...
  5. Tony, thanks for your kind words, mostly appreciated. It seems the battle was still remembered 100yrs later in Belgium: Best; Flyingdutchman
  6. Gentlemen, unfortunately not named to a person, but in pretty good shape and with a lovely unit marking of the 74. Infantry Regiment from Hannover in what is now Lower Saxony and was once a Kingdom with heavy links to Great Britain because of the Personal Union. Kingdom of Hanover Architectural monuments in Hanover This Pickelhaube belonged to the 3rd Companie of this unit, their barracks were in Hanover and are still in existing. Today it's a Police station. Interestingly newspaper photos are available showing the deployment of the 3rd Companie on August 2nd 1914. It is likely that one of these soldiers is wearing this Haube on this very special day. Its of course not an item that will change the shape of the blue planet, but for me it's a nice add to a small collection as mine. Thanks for looking Best; Flyingdutchman ... ... more photos ... ...
  7. Trooper, no idea, sorry. Could have been many reasons. Statement for a birth certificate, marriage. Of course, also what you mentioned. Best; Flyingdutchman
  8. Great add and a fantastic uniform! Wow! I think the 4th Belgian Cavalry Division took part in the Battle of Haelen. So it's interesting to see this amazing artifact. Thanks for showing. Best; Flyingdutchman
  9. ... this is the family coat of arms. Many high ranking German officers came from this family, one of them was Constantin Baron Digeon von Monteton. Strange to see them fighting against France. Btw. The title "Baron" doesn't exist in Germany. It's a "Freiherr". But because the family originated from France, the French title was still part of their name. Best; Flyingdutchman
  10. ... oh, sorry for not explaining this. It's a transcript from a marriage document which explains where the family originated from. They came from the French village Monteton near Bordeaux and migrated to Prussia in the early 18th century. They all have been Huguenottes most likely and went to Protestant Prussia, as so many did. https://www.museeprotestant.org/en/notice/le-refuge-huguenot-en-brandebourg/ Sorry again.
  11. Andy, thank you for your kind words. Personalized items are my main objective. This Busby is also technically an interesting item. The Colpack color is very distinctive, just in this single unit it was worn in Rose Dubarry, or in German Pompadourrot. The fur is from an Otter, which was regulated until 1912, with the permission to wear it on later, which matches perfectly to the time frame you provided me with. Because of his preliminary retirement in May 1914 he added the reserve Cross to the Busby and removed the Bandeau, which is still in the original box since that time. The former barracks are still in existence and housing the district court in our time. Best; Flyingdutchman
  12. Andy, great infos you have added mostly appreciated, thank you so much!! Best regards; Flyingdutchman
  13. Gentlemen, focused on personalized military artifacts, I came across of an interesting Imperial Hussars busby. The former owner was Victor Freiherr Digeon von Monteton. He was born on September 22, 1866 in Priort near Berlin as the son of Hermann Freiherr Digeon von Monteton. He was promoted to Major in September 10, 1908 when he served in the Life-Dragoon Regiment No.20 in the city of Karlsruhe, Dukedom of Baden. In 1912 he was attached to the Magdeburgisches Husaren Regiment Nr.10, a unit where his father once served. This Hussars unit was stationed in the city of Stendal, Saxony-Anhalt. He served there as Staff-officer until his preliminary retirement in June 1914. When the Great War broke out, he was - as a former Life-Dragoon officer - appointed as commanding officer to the 18th Dragoon Regiment, stationed in the city of Parchim. With this unit he fought in the very beginning of the Great War in Belgium. With the advancing German troops, his Dragoon unit reached the outskirts of the Belgium city of Haelen in August 1914. The river Gete crossing near the city of Haelen, around 30 km from the main Belgian line at Louvain, was reached by the main group of the German forces. The attack of Georg von der Marwitz’s cavalry corps - the 18th Dragoon was attached to it - just in front of the Haelen bridge over the river Gete, which were guarded by a Belgian cavalry division under the command of Léon de Witte, happened on August 12, 1914. Remarkably the following attack of the 18th Dragoon, led by Victor Digeon de Monteton, and other units, one of the last mounted cavalry attack in history. Trying to conquer the bridges over the river, German cavalry units were send into action. It is noteworthy that these attacks were against all rules of action by the German forces: Cavalry attacks were allowed only against disorientated enemy troops. De Winters soldiers were everything else than disorientated. They were in perfect order, dismounted and perfectly positioned against the advancing German troops. So the heavy losses in the following attacks suffered by the Germans, were at least unnecessarily. De Witte’s troops repulsed the German cavalry attacks by ordering his men to dismount from their horses and meet the attack with massed Machine-Gun fire, which succeeded in inflicting significant casualties upon the attacking Germans. Victor Digeon von Monteton, attacking with drawn cavalry sword in front of his Dragoon unit, was one of the very first victims of these attacks. All in all the Germans suffered 150 men dead, more than 600 wounded and many prisoners of war. The number of dead Cavalry-horses was placed about 500, days later dead horses were found on the battlefields. The Belgians hold the bridge, and therefore Haelen, at least for a while. They provided an early proof of the modern day irrelevance of cavalry attacks on battlefields, dominated by the fire of fully automatic weapons. Victor Digeon von Monteton was killed together with his adjutant Oberleutnant von Laffert on 12 of August 1914. He found his rest at the German Military Cemetery at Langemarck - Poelkapelle. An interesting restored movie can be found here: click here, please
  14. Flyingdutchman

    ... a bargain

    Gentlemen, we have added it to our website with a few additional infos. http://www.germanautoandaerocorps.com/navydaggers/html/mathy-dagger.html Best; Hermann