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  1. A very fine bar, congratulations! I agree with what you think, this is an original bar in which the 2nd class Red Cross Medal was lost and incorrectly replaced. I believe this was not an officer's bar. The Medjidieh order is key here: foreigners were usually awarded one grade higher than what nationals of the same rank got (as was common in many countries). So Dr. Zschech got a 3rd class neck cross, which he would not have received in Prussia in that grade. This one was probably not a Dr., but a senior level medical NCO, who got a 5th class which (for nationals) would have been conferred only to officers. The construction of the bar also looks more like an NCO's. So while the wearer is unfortunately invisible, it is of course a great bar. Regards Chris
  2. Fritz Erbse got his Dr. med. in 1902 from the University of Würzburg.
  3. Nice find! I have yet to look through it all, but it seems there's a lot of interesting stuff in there.
  4. Again: I believe this is not the Braunschweig KVK1, for two reasons: - The shape of the arms of the Braunschweig KVK1 does not match. - The Braunschweig KVK1 is smaller than the EK1, while Bartenbach's award is the same size as the EK. See the picture below of both awards in wear for comparison.
  5. At first I thought: Navy (Mecklenburg and Oldenburg awards). But he is not listed in the Navy Rolls. The backing also looks black rather than blue, so I thought Army. Actually, he was both: A Marine. And not just any one: he was commander of one of the German Marine Regiments. It took a while to find him, but this is Oberstleutnant Ulrich von Usedom. Born Schwerin 27.10.1871. In 1914, he is listed as Major in the Adjutantur of the III Army Korps, holding a RAO4, Johanniter and the Life Saving Medal (and, not listed: Centenary Medal). From 4.9.1916 until 1918, he was commander of the 1st Marine-Infanterie-Regiment. In 1918 he returned to the Army and ended WW1 as Oberstleutnant aD. Alive in 1931. He was awarded/gazetted HHOX on 23.11.1916 BZ3aX on 2.2.1916 SA3aX on 16.6.1917 Regards Chris
  6. No. As I said, the shape does not match. I still think I was right: This is one of the unofficial 1920s pinback crosses, see above.
  7. You’re right, I can’t see the laurel wreath either. And the shape doesn’t match the Schaumburg.
  8. To me, this looks like one of the unofficial 1920s awards. Could be the pinback cross of Frontkriegerbund or Kriegserinnerungszeichen. Of course, these were banned in wear in the Kriegsmarine, but maybe the Admiral (picture must be from 1938/39) didn't care.
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