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  1. Tony, thanks for your kind words, mostly appreciated. It seems the battle was still remembered 100yrs later in Belgium: Best; Flyingdutchman
  2. 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 ... ...
  3. Trooper, no idea, sorry. Could have been many reasons. Statement for a birth certificate, marriage. Of course, also what you mentioned. Best; Flyingdutchman
  4. 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
  5. ... 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
  6. ... 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.
  7. 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
  8. Andy, great infos you have added mostly appreciated, thank you so much!! Best regards; Flyingdutchman
  9. 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
  10. ... 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
  11. ... a bargain

    ... condition vs. history. Best; Hermann
  12. ... http://www.hermann-historica.de/auktion/...;db=kat66_m.txt http://www.hellfirecorner.co.uk/pottersbar/pottersbar.htm Best; Flyingdutchman
  13. Gentlemen, this old Japanese Good Luck Flag shows lots of writings. Any translation ? Thank you very much in advance. Best regards; Flyingdutchman
  14. Gentlemen, from time to time one can find an original dagger from the German Imperial Auto- or Aero Corps. Since We have launched our web infos on www.germanautoandaerocorps.com and contributed an article about both organizations together with high-res photos of the daggers and blade etchings to Tom Johnsons book about German Edged Weaponry, we see fakes of these rare daggers for sale on shows, in the www, from well-known dealers or on forums. Especially the unique Aero blade etching is one of the targets of these reproducers, most likely using the photos in Tom"s book as an etching template. This etching comes in gold on artificially etched "Damascus" blades as well as on reproduced Navy daggers, which is quite funny. I'm posting here a quality fake which will fool most of the collectors because of the bone (not ivory!) grip and nicely artificially aged and well made fittings. A real dagger like this would be a Bavarian Aero-Corps dagger. This organization did exist, but a dagger was neither obtained, nor even mentioned. Of course, even Bavarian Aero-Corps members could had worn daggers. Caveat emptor ! Regards; Flyingdutchman
  15. ... set of pics in the German Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/technik/kittyhawk-p-40-abgestuerzter-weltkriegsflieger-in-sahara-gefunden-a-832749.html Rgds; Dutch