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hmmmmmm.... makes them sound like ladies of the blond persuasion....

Maybe "Blonds" can be used as a code word for EK1s.......

hahaha, it's a great idea, so we can say: a photo of a man with the blonds...:speechless::speechless::speechless:

Cheers,

Windu

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hmmmmmm.... makes them sound like ladies of the blond persuasion....

Maybe "Blonds" can be used as a code word for EK1s.......

I'd rather use "EK1" as a code for sexy blonds. :whistle:

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Vizefeldwebel, Königlich Sächsische 11. Infanterie-Regiment Nr.139 (with prussain IOD). 2014.gif

Best regards, cheers.gif

Jens

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... close-up: silberne Militär-St. Heinrichs-Medaille, Friedrich August Medaille, EK2. Kl. and EK1

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Beautiful photos! Especially love that Saxon. Thanks Jens! Here is something you don't see too often...a Matrosen Infanterie guy with a first class cross.

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From what I can tell, the EK1 was a rather rare award for anyone below Sergeant/VitzFeldwebel rank in WW1. It was certainly hard won by rankers.

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I have shown this picture before but appropriate here again

Vizefeldwebel of the Kraftfahrtruppe

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Just to let you know what I mean by 'rare", I have some award summaries to Bavarian artillery units from 1914-18 and an award roll for a Landwehr regiment.

ONLY 2-3% of all the EK1 awards went to enlisted men under the rank of Vitzfeldwebel.

In looking at the award summaries from the Dresden newspapers-this 3% seems to hold true throughout the war.

There's a great quote about this that I'm reworking at the moment, but I plan on writing it up for the JOMSA next year.

Medals mattered in Germany, they conferred social status and having the EK1 after the Machtergreifung sometimes got you preferential treatment if you were Jewish.

The below is of an EK2 award....but still...

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Just to let you know what I mean by 'rare", I have some award summaries to Bavarian artillery units from 1914-18 and an award roll for a Landwehr regiment.

ONLY 2-3% of all the EK1 awards went to enlisted men under the rank of Vitzfeldwebel.

In looking at the award summaries from the Dresden newspapers-this 3% seems to hold true throughout the war.

There's a great quote about this that I'm reworking at the moment, but I plan on writing it up for the JOMSA next year.

Medals mattered in Germany, they conferred social status and having the EK1 after the Machtergreifung sometimes got you preferential treatment if you were Jewish.

Very interesting!

Here is a Gefreiter with EKI

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Lt von Oertzen of the famous 24th IR in April 1916.....

Fritz von Oertzen in 1916 Leutnant und Zugführer in 8th coy of II.Batl. I.R.24

Born: Mai 16, 1894 at Salow in Friedland - Killed on: March 23, 1918 at Ste.Christ

If you are interested in his "minute by minute" action on Febr.25 1916 at Douaumont, let me know.

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yes indded... if it does not involve hours of typing for you.

Thanks

Chris

Just some scanning

will send it to your email account

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