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  1. At first glance, this bar (with a dark blue backing) doesn't look very spectacular:
  2. Absolutely incredible! If we had this bar in hand, we would believe it was messed with!
  3. I think we don't yet have a thread dedicated exclusively to photos with mistakes in ribbon/medal bar wear - if there is one, please correct me. I'm looking especially for idiosyncratic bars in wrong precedence, very strange fashion statements, outfitters' mistakes. Rick has some in the database, but there are probably more out there. Here's my first contribution:
  4. I am not convinced this is not a Japanese officer, just judging from the blurred cockade, and if there is period writing to the contrary. See my thread about a future Japanese General (with a similar mustache) who stayed in Berlin for two years:
  5. We have an Albert Winkelmann in the RAD 1938 rank list, however no Max.
  6. Definitely him. Very peculiar that he chose to split his rows between the LS awards.
  7. Congratulations on this very fine bar! Having looked through some of the published award lists, I would think this must have belonged to the reigning Prince Wilhelm of Hohenzollern. There are very few (besides Hindenburg, Mackensen and reigning princes/dukes/kings) who got, for example, both Grandcrosses with X of SEHO and White Falcon. And the few I found can be ruled out for other reasons. Wilhelm of Hohenzollern got the SEHO Grandcross with X on 10th Jan 1916 (Karl Anton did not get this one). He of course had his own Hohenzollern Ehrenkreuz 1st cl, which he put first. He had already received the Grandcross of the Württemberg Crown before the war, so probably got the swords to it during the war. Maybe that is the reason why it comes last of the Grandcrosses, because otherwise a kingdom should come before (grand) dukedoms (if the recipient cared for precedence at all.) Wilhelm is just not in the White Falcon list, but that is not complete.
  8. 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
  9. Fritz Erbse got his Dr. med. in 1902 from the University of Würzburg.
  10. Gentlemen, I'm at a loss here: What is the other collar tab of this Sturmführer? (Pic presumably 1934 or before) Is he Allgemeine-SS or not?
  11. Nice find! I have yet to look through it all, but it seems there's a lot of interesting stuff in there.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. You’re right, I can’t see the laurel wreath either. And the shape doesn’t match the Schaumburg.
  16. 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.