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Chris Boonzaier

The simple WW1 EK2...

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This is the only original photo from WW1 that I have. I think here we can see the reason why the EK2 is so common in the marketplace in these days. If you look closely you would see at least 16 guys out of 45 wearing the EK2. Who knows how many of those in the 2nd row wear EK2 as well.

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1917-

For a bandsman his face looks like he's done a lot more than marching up and down the square.

I like the contrast in expressions of these two.

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Great thread. You can't under-emphasize the value of this decoration, especially early in the conflict. My grandfather won his in November, 1914 with the 203 R.I.R at Dixmude, apparently one of the first enlisted men in the regiment to get it. He was badly wounded and unfit for further duty, but most photos of him after this point show him wearing his EK2.

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He was so excited he put his belt on backwards :o

The Baden Guards ain't the Prussians

Edited by Naxos

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This is cheating a bit, but I'm so chuffed I just had to post them. In today from Heiko :cheers:

and the other kind :jumping:

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These photos don't show a person but show how highly held/patriotic the Iron Cross was, so I hope no one minds me adding two inanimate objects to this thread.

A small tin containing jam (still).

Tony

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A silver spoon.

On the front the EK with Mich Gebar das Eiserne Jahr 1915 with the date 26 July on the back. Born in July 1914 and christened in 1915 maybe?

Tony

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I just came across these amid the chaos of my collection. As they're I assume they belong that way.

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No BS that photo has brought a tear to my eye. Great work!

Here is a very interesting one of a soldier visiting his brothers grave... putting on his EK2 for the occasion..

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That one is a fantastic study!

Reminds me of a German memoir when a soldier is miffed because the Kaiser came by where 2 sections were resting after a fight....

One section had suffered badly but accomplished little due to an incompetent Lt. One had fought well, suffered few casualties due to a skilled Lt.

The kaiser gave out crosses to the first unit as they looked more like troops ho had been fighting...

Below, you seldom see Navy pics...

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I have a weakness for other ranks with the EK1 pic (Yup, I know its an EK2 thread!!)

His name is Hinrich Büsing... no idea of the unit. Wish I knew what the 2nd ribbon was.... in a group photo they all have this 2 ribbon combination... maybe Hessen?

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