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Mike Dwyer

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    Imperial German uniforms, orders, medals and decorations.? I also enjoy the study of chivalry and heraldry.

    Since this site won't accept partial birthdates I'll put my information here because none of you need to know what year I was born in. August 30.
  1. Mervyn, Here's another award of the Military Cross given just recently that I saw on FaceBook. Private Bryan Johnson, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, with the Military Cross that was presented to him by The Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, 14 December 2011. According to the Royal Correspondent at the Daily Express after getting his award... "Private Johnson of the Royal Regiment of Scotland went down on one knee and asked Kirstie Ward, 21, to marry him. She said yes." The writeup said he received the cross for rescuing a wounded soldier during a firefight in Helmand.
  2. A little bit off topic, but think of how many times this guy had to either buy new uniforms for the regiment he was assigned to, or get a tailor to make drastic changes to a uniform he already owned! Expensive business. :unsure:
  3. I'm with Red Eagle, it's blue and just looks white due to the old photographic methods. They're both wearing the grand collar of the Order of the Black Eagle.
  4. There are several von Schroeders listed in the 1914 Rangliste. There's an Oberst who's got a ton of neck crosses, so probably not him. There's a Hauptmann in Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1. Pommersches) Nr.2. There's a Rittmeister who's a personal flugeladjutant to the Grand Duke of Hesse who also has a truck-load of medals, so probably not him either. There's an Oberleutnant in 2. Pommersches Ulanen-Regiment Nr.9. Lastly, there are two Leutnants der Reserve, one in Füsilier-Regiment Graf Roon (1. Ostpreußisches) Nr.33 and one in 1. Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment.
  5. There are several von Schroeders listed in the 1914 Rangliste. There's an Oberst who's got a ton of neck crosses, so probably not him. There's a Hauptmann in Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1. Pommersches) Nr.2. There's a Rittmeister who's a personal flugeladjutant to the Grand Duke of Hesse who also has a truck-load of medals, so probably not him either. There's an Oberleutnant in 2. Pommersches Ulanen-Regiment Nr.9. Lastly, there are two Leutnants der Reserve, one in Füsilier-Regiment Graf Roon (1. Ostpreußisches) Nr.33 and one in 1. Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment.
  6. The only thing I can add, which actually adds nothing of substance, is that is BEAUTFIUL jacket!!!! :jumping: I think the old patrol jackets and whatever you call those greatcoats with the black silk braid on them that were worn back then, are among the most beautiful military garments every. Even if they were "subdued."
  7. It could be, but I don't think it's the same exact badge you've shown. The badge he is wearing has the arms of the cross extending just a little bit past the wreath, whereas the badge you've posted the cross arms do not extend past the wreath. Although it's blurry, I don't think that's a swastika on his badge, it looks like it might be an eagle with upraised wings. It looks more like a bird to me than a swastika.
  8. :jumping: :jumping: As always, Sandro, you have the most beautiful, sweetest, unbelievable, fantastic, eye-catching, monumental (I'm running out of words!!) uniforms! This is absolutely one of the nicest I've seen. :speechless1: :speechless1:
  9. Chris, I'm probably not much help, but in the 1914 Rangliste I can't find any Oberst Winkler. There are two Oberstleutnant Winkler's, but they're both artillery and it looks to me like there's a spike on that helmet, not a kugel. Just in case he might have gotten promoted I looked at Majors, there are two of them, but one's artillery the other is a Major a. D. at a Landwehrbezirk. So thinking the handwriting might say Oberleutnant, I checked and there's only two of them listed, one is in Infanterie-Regiment Keith (1. Ober-schlesisches) Nr.2, the other is in the 1.Garde-Grenadier-Landwehr-Regiment. On Wetsel there are only Leutnants. On Wetzel I found one Hauptmann in Landwehrbezirk VI Berlin. Just in case the name might be mispelled I looked at Wetzell, there is one Major Wetzell who is listed in two places Generalstab der Armee and III.Armeekorps Berlin.
  10. Also, every time I've seen the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece worn, it's been on a red neck ribbon, but all the Austrian ones I've seen were worn on a small gold collar or chain. I have no idea, of course, what the "official" status of the RAO is, but the International Commission on Orders of Chivalry (ICOC), which is a private body and really has no authority over any of this stuff, only recognizes 3 house orders for Prussia, the Black Eagle, Royal Hohenzollern and Louisa. They consider everything else to have been a governmental order that died with the fall of the monarchy. The only order they recognize for Baden is Fidelity, but hey, he's a prince, he can do pretty much what he wants! Upon enlarging the photo to almost impossible size, it appears to be some type of white enamel cross with a gold crown above it and has a red ribbon with either white or some other light colored stripe along the edges.
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