Chris Boonzaier

Freikorps EK2 ?

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This young man saw no combat in WW1, but did serve in Charlottenburg until November 1919... I assume his EK2 was for Freikorps actions?

Any thoughts?

Thaks

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I believe this is the case. I've seen a number of post 1918 awards to soldiers with no combat experience during the war, but with extensive Freikorps period experience. However, I believe that many of these recipients tended to be members of the regular army/Reichswehr and not the more unofficial Freikorps units, unless those units were attached to and later absorbed into the Reichswehr.

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Hi,

Agreed, Reichswehr. I tend to slip into the trap of using a generic "Freikorps" for everything in that era

I have a number of Garde EK2s and 1s awarded in 1919, but most seem to have had WW1 Service, so one can argue it was simply a late award, this was the first one where the guy had it black on white that he was not involved in action during the war, so I am happy with the Berlin connection..

Best

Chris

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While the excepted dates of WW1 have been either based on the armistice 1914-18 or the Allied victory medal 1914-19, what is the German view...did the war officially end in the east with the treaty of Brest-Litovsk or were these actions decreed an extension of WW1?

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ID: 5   Posted (edited)

Hello Chris!

What about "Mitgemachte Gefechte"? Is it crossed-out or is there just nothing written?

That´s  a differecet. Sometimes in early 1919 they didn´t had any official infos about his battles. 

He could have recieved the EK since july 1918, when he served with the 442

Edited by The Prussian

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ID: 7   Posted (edited)

I wondered about that too-where was the 442nd? Also, where was the Queen Elizabeth Garde Regiment in the fall of 1918?

Edited by Ulsterman

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A good question. Chris, how could you know, he hadn´t been in frontline with 442? Could you please show the entire document?

I can´t see a date, when he awarded the IC.

His units were:

1.7.18 (IR 442): 231.Inf.Div. (Avocourt/Verdun until august 7, 1918)

Since 3.8.18 Garde-Gren.Rgt.3 (maybe Ersatz-Btl.): 5.Garde-Inf,.Div. (Marne, Aisne-Ailettes, Argonne, Woevre)

 

 

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