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Chris Boonzaier

The simple WW1 EK2...

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I came across a recent memoir ("In the Highest Quarters") by a staff officer who bitterly recounts how the EK became an award based upon class ("in the club") behind the lines and how bitterly common fighting men, for whom the EK1 was the apex of their world, viewed staff wallahs being handed them for things like map reading.

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Kapitänleutnant von Berckheim (U26) EK2 for sinking the Russian cruiser Pallada on 11-10-1914, and a postcard picturing the complement of U26, all wearing the EK2 for this action.

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Two sailors wearing the cap tallies of the light cruiser SMS Elbing and the dreadnought SMS Baden, on leave 30-9 / 10-10-1916.

Elbing was deployed in September 1915 and lost at Jutland (1-6-1916) with all hands saved, Baden was launched October 1915 and compleded March 1917. Obviously the Baden man, also a recipient of the Rettungsmedaille, served in another unit before the picture was taken.

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Why is it that in so many pictures we see the combination of an EK2 with one or more women?

Would the Iron Cross have had a hidden message? :cool:

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And a picture of the Kaiser himself, wearing all his Iron Crosses.

This photo is from the interbellum, when Wilhelm lived in exile on a little castle in Doorn (The Netherlands). The photo was sent from Doorn on12-XII-1932.

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