The Prussian

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  • Birthday 02/12/67

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    Essen, Prussia
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    Uniforms and history of formations of the german army until 1933.
    A7V and captured tanks
    Austrian/german cap badges
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  1. Hello! Does anyone knows, what this badge is? The diametre is 3,4cm Because of the letter K I assume, it´s a german or an austrian one. You know the most words spoken as a K, in english and french are spelled with a C. A J in Germany often means I. So Imo should be Immobile. Württemberg had an Immobile Kraftwagen-Abteilung Nr.1 So my idea is: Immobile Kraftwagen-Abteilung HR 1918 (Immobile motor-lorry detachment) But what the hell does HR mean??? Maybe something with Honvéd, if it´s an austrian one??? Maybe it´s not military? Thanks a lot in advance!
  2. Well, they were Landsturm soldiers. First a man has to serve in an active unit for 2 or 3 years (if he volunteered, he could serve more years). After this active period, he became a Reserveman. The active + reserve time is 7 years. 2 years active = 5 years reserve 3 years active = 4 years reserve Then the men came to the Landwehr 1. contingent 2 years active = 5 years Landwehr 3 years active = 3 years Landwehr After that they came to the Landwehr 2nd contignent und the 31st march of the year, when they reached their age of 39. All men, who didn´t serve active, in reserve or Landwehr, came to the Landsturm (1. contingent age 17-39 ; 2. contingent age 39-45)
  3. Hello! Photo 2: That´s no leather, it´s oilcloth. The 3 upon the collars means 3rd infantry brigade, so the boys came from around Rastenburg (East-Prussia)
  4. Hello! 1) Unteroffizier in WW1. Unit invisible. Probably infantry because of the red(?) cap band. 2) Landsturm. To ID the unit I might know the collar numbers 3) bavarian soldiers between between 1860 and 1873, probably late 60s, early 70s 4) like 3
  5. We see 3rd army, IV.corps, but no divisional markling. Probably the man served directly with the IV.corps?
  6. Hello! What does O.H.B. stands for, please?
  7. Hello Chris! What about the buttons? Blank or "lioned"?
  8. Hello John! Yes, you´re right! After armistice in the east, the Sturmbataillon 8 came under command of the 17th army at the western front
  9. Hello John! The Sturmbataillon had been set-up december 28, 1916 by A.O.K. Südarmee. The Ersatz came: for staff and storm-companies from II.Ers.Btl./Inf.Rgt.21 for MGK: 4.Ers.MGK/XVII.AK for trench mortars: Pi.Ers.Btl.17 The bataillon probably fought in all major battles of the Südarmee, espacially: 2.3.17 and 12.-13.3.17: Battle of Lipnica-Dolna 25.6.17: Patrols at Lipnica-Dolna 29.6.-3.7.17: Defense of the russian offensive 29.6.-3.7.17: Battle of Brzezany 4.-20.7.17: Trenchbattles at the Narajowka, between Narajowka and Zlota-Lipa and Ceniowka
  10. Hello! B.A. VII fits to the colours of the shoulder straps. "Bekleidungsamt VII" (Clothing office 7th army corps) The VII. corps was in Münster. St.A. ? No idea in military... Normally St.A. stands for "Staatsanwaltschaft" (public prosecutor´s office), but they had different uniforms.
  11. Hello! Here is a link about a lot of original movies about the Great War:[]=689
  12. Hello dante! Very noice thing! Interesting the two different green colours! A cover with green numbers like this was worn between mid/end august 1914 until november 1916. But we have Landsturm. Those units recieved their helmets in march 1915. The number is the number of the infantry-bataillon, which set-up the Landsturm-Bataillon (later they had the army-corps-number and the number of the bataillon). Here we have two possibilities: 1) Prussian infantry-brigade no. 5 (Stettin) or 2) Bavarian infantry-brigade no. 5 (Zweibrücken)
  13. Hello! That phot must have been taken east of Binarville (Argonne)
  14. Hello! Then we have another question. Did the french fly through english operation zones? If not, the photo might have been taken south of Amiens up to the Alsace front. Because the altitude is 3000m, such a big trench system might be close to the front
  15. Ah. Ok. Thank you! But the photo is from 1916. So probably french.