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A little something to add to the Thread..... one of my first ever EK docs....

Can somebody give me a bib, I'm drooling all over my keyboard...

Great item this!!!!

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He is an extremely fascinating man!

Ages ago someone leant me a book about him, I was to return it, but have forgotten who it was :-(

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HI Jan ,

Here is the book I´m talking about , this is the simple bounded version there is of course also a leather bound version of them.

Christer

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And here a group of officers from 2 nd Bayern Gebirgs Art Kan Bat 7.

From left front row :

Lt Beyschlag , Vet Seberich , Dr Schneider , Hauptm Beschke ( C Bat 7 ) , Lt Moser , Lt Johler , Lt Gran

in the back row , from left : Lt Anwander , Schwarz , Kachler

Christer

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Maybe some Naval Officers ,

1. Kapitän zur See Kurt Irmer , Chef der Seetransportabteilung

2. Korvetten Kapitän zur see Paul Wülfing , Stab Offizier

3. Fregatten Kapitän Hugo von Rosenberg , Suchverband OstSee

4. Navy Staff Officers probably ombord SMS Westfalen

From left to right :

KapitänLt Kurt Ihssen , Lt zur See Rieckhoff , 1st Marine Ing Schäfer , KapitänLt Leisler Kiep , MarinRat Korsch

KonteAdmiral Hugo Meurer , Kapitän zur See Hermann Bauer , KapitänLt Max Bastian, Marin Int Kleemann ,Finnish Off Osolin ,OberLt zur see Wehrmann, OberLt zur See Hans Bayer

5. Kapitän zur See Kurt Franck , SMS Kolberg

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And some more Navy officers , I think I have pics of most of the higher ranking German Officers , but still miss some. So if anyone have photos of Germans

participating in the war in Finland 1918 please show them here .

1. KonteAdmiral Johannes Hartog

2. KapitänLt Leisler Kiep , Admiralstabsoffizier

3. KapitänLt dR Erich Müller

4. FregattenKapitän Hermann Bendemann , SMS Stralsund

5. Kapitän zur See Hermann Bauer , SMS Westfalen

6. Kapitän zur See Wilhelm von Krosigk , SMS Posen

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And more Navy ......

1. KapitänLt Kurt Ihssen , Admiralstabs Offz

2. KapitänLt Richard Eckerlin , SMS Posen

3. KapitänLt Franz Weidgen , 3 Minensuch Flottille

4. KapitänLt Max Doflein , 2 Minensuch Flottille

5. KorvettenKapitän Alfred Reuter , Admiralstabs Offizier

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A new day and some more Officers :)

1. KonteAdmiral Ludolf von Usslar Befehlshaber der Aufklärungsstreitkräfte östl. Ostsee

2. Major Gilbert Hamilton , and this officer needs a special mention :

Count David Gustaf Gilbert John Wilhelm Hamilton was born in Sweden March 20th 1869 and died August 11th 1947 on the mansion Hedensberg. He started his career as an officer in 1891, in 1897 he tried to join the war between Turkey and Greece but was denied service. The story goes the he also was trying to enter the Russian-Japanese war and the Boer war. In 1914 he was in the Cavalry but left and joined the Prussian Army in Lieb-Kürassier Regiment Grosser Kurfürst . He was awarded the EK II in Sept 13 1914, early 1915 he was in 223rd Reserve Inf Rgt and after been wounded he took command in Nov 1915 of 22nd Reserve Jäger Batl.

Spring 1918 he was fighting in Finland under Oberst Frhr von Brandenstein.

But Hamiltons was wasn´t over yet , he was Commander of the 3rd Kürassier Rgt Graf Wrangel in June 1918 and fought against partisans in Ukraine late 1918 -february 1919.

He was among other things Honorary member of Königsberg and he was appointed Honorary GenMaj in dR August 25th 1939 in Wermacht.

3. Hauptmann Roeder , 1 Radfahr Komp /Pommersches Jäger Batl Fürst Bismarck nr 2

4. Hauptmann Carp , Stabsoffizier Ostsee Div

5. Hauptmann Maenss , Stabsoffizier OsteSee Div ( Feld EisenBahn)

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This is a great thread, many thanks for showing :rock on:

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Fascinating stuff!

Is there any mention of the personnel of the army flying units operating in this theatre: FA 16, FA 37 and FA (A) 214?

Thanks for sharing - I will continue to watch this thread with interest :)

Matt.

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Sorry but would the book have Oberleutnant zur See Karl Wersin ?

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Sorry but would the book have Oberleutnant zur See Karl Wersin ?

Hi Dante ,

No I can´t find anything about him ? Are you sure he was in Finland 1918 ?

Christer

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Fascinating stuff!

Is there any mention of the personnel of the army flying units operating in this theatre: FA 16, FA 37 and FA (A) 214?

Thanks for sharing - I will continue to watch this thread with interest :)

Matt.

Hi , there is some mentions about the flying units but only in the end of the volume VII ( I am buying shortly a complete set of all 8 books , and maybe there is more to read there, I only have three volumes right now. But they are rare as hens teeth to find )

Here is some info about Planes and personal :

March 15 1918 two aeroplanes started from Reval , Dfw C.V 3842/17 pilot Uoffz Schopkowski and Dfw C.V 6978/17 pilot Sgt Brämer, observer Lt Haehner. Both planes where destroyed after emergency landings.

I can´t see what unit they belonged to , but they was taking photos of Russian naval forces in Helsinki , also mentioned is Lt Hosmann , Uoffz Rippich , Lt dR Lehmann.

FA 37 was stationed in Hapsal and FA (A) 214 in Windau , FA 16 was stationed in Reval . There is some pictures taken from this planes in the book if you are interested I can scan them .

The weather was very difficult during the operations so of 47 days of combat the could only fly 29 days with 70 missions in all.

They had one KIA during the conflict and that was in April 29th when a plane from FA 16 crashed in bad weather killing pilot Uoffz Rippich and wounded observer Lt Hahner.

Christer

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Sorry but would the book have Oberleutnant zur See Karl Wersin ?

I can't even find the name in the Marine-Ehrenrangliste...

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Fascinating stuff!

Is there any mention of the personnel of the army flying units operating in this theatre: FA 16, FA 37 and FA (A) 214?

Thanks for sharing - I will continue to watch this thread with interest :)

Matt.

I have a few German aerial pictures of Finland, but only one has the usual information. This one is taken from the 1. Seeflieger-Abteilung on 12 April 1918 (no names of either pilot or observer unfortunately).

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Some more additions to the database :

1. Lt Hepe , 2 Jäger Batl , 2 Radfahr Komp

2. Three officers from Bayr Geb Art Abt ? Lt Oppenheim , Lt Viereck, Lt Hausbrand

3. Three from 11 Radfahr Komp , Lt Jeschkeit , Lt Lassen ( Komp Führer) , OffStellvtr Zilgit

4. Rittmeister Merz , Führer Sachsen Karbin Rgt 1 Skvadron

5. Major Hans Butz , 2 Bayr Geb Art Abt

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Oberleutnant zur See Karl Wersin;

Served on SMS Nixe, SMS Mars, SMS Prinz Adalbert, SMS Stosch, SMS Carola, SMS Treue, SMS Schwaben, SMS Schwaben, SMS Freya, SMS Vineta and SMS Wettin
1913: With “SMS Wettin”
1914: “SMS Posen”
1918: Platoonleader in Finland (Leader of the Navy soldiers who occupied Russarö island) – with “SMS Posen”
1919: Platoonleader in the 2nd Marinebrigade “Ehrhardt” – fought in Brunswick, Munich, Berlin and Frontier protection in Upper Silesia
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There were also some navy aviation units on the baltic front.

SFS Windau

SFS Libau

LFS Schlütterhof

Sonderkommando der Landfliegerabteilung bei der Feldflieger Abteilung (FFA) 37


Are this mentioned?

Regards

Alex

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Hi Christer & Jan,

Thanks for your replies - I appreciate it.

Best regards,

Matt.

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Hi again ,

Time to post some more Officers !

1. Rittmeister von Berchem-Königsfeld , Kom 2 Skavdron , 3 Gardes Uhlan Rgt

2. Lt Wolfgang Gans Edler Hr zu Putlitz , 3 Gardes Uhlan Rgt

3. Rittmeister von Keudell, Kom MG Skvadron , 3 Gardes Uhlan Rgt

4. Lt von Gruben , 1 Gardes Uhlan Rgt , 4 Skvadron , KIA April 12th 1918

5. Lt von Heimburg , 1 Gardes Uhlan Rgt MG skvadron

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There was quite a lot of German Officers in Finland 1918 ....

Here is some more .

1. Hauptmann Ott , Kom 4:e Jäger Batl

2. Lt Völkerling , Kom German Troops on Hogland

3. von Brandensteins Staff in Estland the following officers went with him to Finland.

from Left 1. Lt Cohnitz , 2. Lt Danes , 3. Lt Lehmann , 4. Adj Lt v Esebeck ( von Brandenstein is marked with x)

4. Hauptmann von Wilamowitz- Moellendorff , Kom 5 Radfahr Battl.

5. Hauptmann Carnuth , Kom 2 Battl , 255 RIR

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And sometimes you don´t know what you have in your own collection .....

I was thinking RIR 255 Huptm Carnuth and thought , where have I seen that name before ?

search, search and so ! I have a Photo of him taken after June 1918 when he got his HHOX 3 , sadly he is not wearing any Finnish awards on the pic so I can´t tell if he got a Liberty cross II or III :banger:

Well at least a nice pic

So here is the last Germans from Finland 1918

1. Hauptm Carnuth 2 Battl Kom , RIR 255

2. Hauptm Reuter , 1 Battl Kom , RIR 255 KIA 29.4.18

3. Maj Frhr von Brandenstein , Kom 3 Gardes Uhlan Rgt

4. Rittmeister von Jagow , Kom 1 Skavdron , 3 Gardes Uhlan Rgt

5. Lt Hepe , 2 Jäger Battl , 2 Radfahr Komp

6. Lt von Arnim , Stab 1 Gardes Uhlan Rgt

I jope you liked them , as sson as I get more pics I will add on more. Right now I´m hunting down another book from 1931 who maybe can give some more pictures ...

Christer

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Hi all ,

Here is some more Pics from Finland 1918 showing German Troops.

1: Gen von der Goltz in his staff car in Hangö 1918

2: The German Landing in Hangö Finland April 1918. The smoke comes from ships blown up by the retreating Red forces.

3: German troops advance against Helsingfors , muddy roads ...

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More

1: German Sanitäten rescuing wounded soldiers under fire.

2. Bayern Gebirgs Kan Batt in action

3. German soldiers enter a Finnish town

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