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    Artillery of the First World War

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  1. IrishGunner

    Polish badge

    Alex, this is one of the honorary badges of Polish military units from the post-WWI period during the 1919-1921 Russo-Polish War in which Poland guaranteed its independence from Soviet Russia. Specifically, this badge is for members of the Pomeranian Front. In Polish: Odznaka Front Pomorski "Bóg Wolność i Ojczyzna" English: Badge of the Pomeranian Front "God, Freedom, and Homeland" You can Google and see several for sale. However, I always urge caution with anything Polish; Polish militaria is heavily faked. Unfortunately, I am not expert enough to offer any opinion on the originality of your posted badge.
  2. I wonder what is the rounded item sticking out from the tunic of the center fellow with the EK ribbon.
  3. IrishGunner

    Why Collect? - The Best Answer.

    Well, maybe not wrong. But woefully out of date. The internet has taken over for everything "on the television and in print." And the internet if full of fake news. So...
  4. Must be difficult to play an instrument on skis/snowshoes
  5. IrishGunner

    Why Collect? - The Best Answer.

    Reading between the lines, I don't believe a word I read...
  6. I've never been to the Carpathians, but to me the Carpathian battle areas, even on the mountains, seemed to have more trees in the period WWI photos I've seen. So, I'll offer another possibility. Julian Alps - Isonzo Front. I've climbed several times the mountains near Kobarid/Caparetto and Mt. Krn. Actually, went up Mt. Krn on 11 Nov 2004 in the snow. The valley we started in looked exactly like those in these photos as did the peaks. The Julians are just south of the Carnic Alps - now the border of Slovenia/Italy - and they are generally more rounded - although there are some jagged peaks. These photos also look very similar to WWI period photos I have seen (which are a lot) of the Isonzo Front.
  7. Nice Pass. Did his war end in 1916 in the Vogesen?
  8. IrishGunner

    Alpenkorps EK1 from hand to hand......

    Indeed a very nice group
  9. Silver for officers? Bronze for NCOs/soldiers?
  10. From my perspective, only the three with medals are veterans - medals, white rosetta, and age appearance. The rest, especially the ones in the front appear a bit young to be veterans; unless, of course, they were late war entrants and this is an photo taken shortly after the war. If that is the case, perhaps, they were ground crew and never were in a position to earn a medal. Could this be a flying association or club, perhaps even a school, where an enthusiasm for flying and emphasis on aviation dominated? The veterans could be mentors or professors. And the remainder are members/students. I don't see the Ehrenkreuz (but maybe that's a Bavarian thing); so, this photo might be pre-1934. However, the Nazis did come to power in 1933 and made significant changes to the education system, including an emphasis on military skills. So, I think my theory holds some beer.
  11. IrishGunner

    Get With the Program People

    As I'm not from a Commonwealth country - nor Belgium nor France - where the poppy tradition seems to dwell, I hesitate to comment. There was a time in the U.S. when poppies were much more prolific, but the idea seemed to migrate from Veterans Day to Memorial Day. I do recall as a member of the Civil Air Patrol in my young teens participating in a poppy appeal drive. However, I can't remember if it was November or May. Nevertheless, my comment is this: at least they are wearing poppies. Well, maybe the farmer took it a bit far. As for protocol, perhaps these people never had the benefit of being taught the protocol. Education is always the key to eliminating ignorance. I was flabbergasted when teaching a unit on World War I to my 9th grade history classes, which concluded just the week before November 11th, that only one - I tolerate almost 150 students - only one - yes only one - knew what holiday falls on 11 November. And yes, they had just "learned" that date was when the war ended, i.e. Armistice Day. To err is human. Forgive them for they know not what they do. Do not judge harshly those that remember those that should never be forgotten. Forgive, but do not forget.
  12. I hadn't heard that news either. A generous and friendly man.
  13. IrishGunner

    Identify This Medal ,Please

    The American Legion, a US veterans organization started after WWI, has an award program for Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at high schools and also for senior ROTC at colleges. This medal likely is a JROTC award at a high school based on the "American History and Civics Award" inscription on the reverse. I couldn't find this particular medal in a quick Google search; maybe it is obsolete, but I am not familiar at all with JROTC awards. While no image is included, the American History and Civics award is mentioned in this article: http://medallic.medalcraft.com/american-legion-school-award.php Coincidentally, I was awarded the American Legion's ROTC Military Excellence Medal as a senior in college. https://www.legion.org/rotc
  14. Stimme zu! Und vorgiss nicht! Einige von uns Ausländer sprechen Deutsch auch - trotz Fehler! Platt ist sicher schwer aber nach ein paar Biere...es fliess besser! (Where the hell is my Duden?)
  15. IrishGunner

    Present 100 Years Ago - 1918

    I prefer the "battle" worn pieces to the pristine ones that may have spent their service in the arsenal rack. Precisely for the reasons you cite. We can never know where the piece was used, but it certainly provides an opportunity to ruminate over the possibilities. Thanks for sharing.