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  1. Thanks. This a real help as it is difficult for an "outsider" to get this kind of information without investing a lot of work!
  2. Thanks a lot! Unfortunately, he is not mentioned in the "Base Leonore" online. How could I find out more about him without a trip to France?
  3. Hello, this board has several times helped me out of the lurch with special questions so I am trying my luck again. I am looking on the armament of the Tirailleurs Senegalais in Cote d'Ivoire around 1908-1912. Did they have the Lebel 1886 or the Berthier 1907? Or even the old 1874 model Gras? And waht would the equipment of the Brigade Indigene or the police force? I am often reading of a lack of confidence concerning the rifle but I don't know exactly what rifle they mean as this is in the middle of a re-equipment. Another question: I know that in 1910 a Lieutenant Boudet was recommended and accepted into the Legion D'Honneur for his actions in Cote d'Ivoire. I don't know his first name. Boudet is a common French surname and the fact that a Napoleonic general bore this name doesn't make the research easier Any hints will be appreciated!
  4. I try to understand his mindset, too. That's why I am asking for the uniform, because it sometimes (I guess nearly always) chosen for the occasion. Perhaps there is a little bit of a hint hidden in there.
  5. Hello everyone, William II. is well known for his blunders. One famous blunder was his "Hun" speech in 1900 when his impromptu address to German soldiers being transferred to China included "Mercy is not to be given, prisoners not to be taken". I'd like to know what kind of uniform did the emperor wear during his address? Here's a link to an article with a slideshow, I'd be thankful for the information. http://www.welt.de/kultur/history/article13724425/Wilhelm-II-seine-Hunnenrede-und-The-Huns.html Thank you!
  6. Hello board, I am looking for more details on a "Commandant" or "chef de bataillon" Morel, who served in the Ivory Coast until September 1910 when he had to be repatriated due to illness. If you could point me towards a good compendium of the structure of the French Colonial Army in Africa covering the decades before WW1 I wpuld also be grateful. I speak French, English or German, so any books or links in these languages would help me out of my not so blissful ignorance. I've already read the "Histoire Militaire de la Cote d'ivoire". Thanks!
  7. Einbauschrank

    Pretty stupid soldier....

    Oops, of course there are no pilots in the Legion. I got it mixed up with a low flyby video, where the legionnaire is the guy standing on the ground. Anyway, if you want to catch a glimpse of Malinese training have a look here. It explains why the Islamists were able to gain so much terrain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkFBjBqWzAc
  8. Einbauschrank

    Pretty stupid soldier....

    The really interesting question would be: Can the esteemed member of the boards identify his unit? I've seen the death head in French clips before, but these were AFAIK videos of pilots of the Foreign Legion from 2008 (which would contradict the suggestion that it is an hommage to a character from Call of Duty 2 which was released in 2009). For those interested: Around 4:45-4:50. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol74hOJtWOA Anyway, I don't think that the death head symbolism entered the military only after the release of COD ... As I have absolutely no idea about French military culture I don't know if this is a thing special to French troops on Africa or a general symbolism or something the Foreign Legion is known for. Any experts on French military culture here?
  9. Hello board! I've stumbled across "Commandant Militaire de la Cote d'Ivoire" Nogues. I have no surname. I know this "Nogues" left the Ivory Coast around 1910 as a Colonel or Lt. Colonel. I know there is a Nogues with General Lyautey, the conquereo of Morocco in 1912, who happens to be his foster father. Now I would be interested to know whether this Nogues from the Ivory Coast is the same as the General (Charles) who later, in the 40ies, collaborates with the Germans. Does anyone know more about a Nogues who was stationed as Commandant Militaire in the Ivory Coast and succeeded by Lt. Colonel Levasseur? Thanks a lot! Einbauschrank
  10. Hello board, in 1904 SMS "Habicht" was sent to Swakopmund, Namibia, to reinforce the German Colonial troops against the Herero uprising. A small detachement of ~50 marines were disembarked. Is there any possibility to get a list of all the man aboard "Habicht" or all the man who were disembarked? Where to look? I am also looking for a city map of Okahandja from~1900 (but *before* 1904). Any ideas were I could find this? Thanks a lot! Einbau
  11. It is not 100% clear to me what "Der Spiegel" implies, but there might be the possibility that these photographs were from an exhibition that was supported by the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung in Charkow several years ago. The (coloured) original plates are to be found in Hamburg as they were bought from the widow of the photographer,, Johannes Haehle, a member of the Propaganda Kompanie.
  12. Hello! The German magazine "Der Spiegel" has published several photographs taken by a crewmember of a FW189 on the Eastern Front. They are claiming that there are few telltale pictures which might help to identify the circumstances or even the unknown photographer. It seems the pictures were shot around May '42 around Charkow. I have been astonished over and over by the knowledge that is gathered within these boards and I'd be glad if some of you could take a look at the pictures and help out on this enigma. http://einestages.spiegel.de/static/topicalbumbackground/6041/das_raetsel_des_fliegenden_auges.html On the slider nr. 17 is a RK Traeger, does anybody know who this guy might be? Thanks a lot! Patrick
  13. Hello! My girlfriend is wading through the British secret reports made from eavesdropped conversations between German POW in the Mediterrenean for her Master. The reports were compiled by German immgrants who translated the German ranks into the British equivalent. This is normally easy enough but there are some acronyms that totally esacpe me. Could anyone enlighten me as to what "E.R.A." refers to? In the files she has it only appears in the U-Bootwaffe. If it is extra regimental asignement: why would you call assignment to a U-Boat "extra regimental" and can the function and rank be narrowed down? Is it an officer or an enlisted rank? Thank you for all hints! Patrick