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Information requested -Freiherr von Schimmelmann. Formerly Major, IR 59, etc.

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This figure of a soldier of IR 59 was presented to Major Freiherr von Schimmelmann by the Officers of IR 59, I believe, on the occasion of his departure from the Regiment c. 1904/1905.  I have been able to (subject to correction) chart his Service from c. 1879 with IR 78 to his Service with IR 59 (c. 1894 to c.1904/5) as Hptm and Major, via the Ranglisten. From there he went to L. Bez.Sangerhausen ((1906-1909) and in 1910 to IR 78 as ObstLt.

There are many gaps in his story that I would like to close.  Assistance is requested in determining his:

-full name

-place and date of birth

-place and date of death

-Service after 1910 including Service in WWI and, if possible, any notable achievements or anecdotes to flesh out his story

-Awards and Decorations for Service

-other information, etc.

Below, I have enclosed a photo of the figure presented to Major Freiherr von Schimmelmann, and an extract from the 1907 Rangiste showing Seniority and Awards up to that time.  In brief summary, also, are the notes from the Ranglisten that I was able to relate to his Service.

Any additional information or guidance that can be provided would be greatly appreciated.  As this is my first post, please bear with me.  Thank you.

With kindest regards to all,



Service as determined from Published Ranglisten


1879 SL  IR 78

1881 SL  IR 78

1882 SL  IR 78

1882 SL  IR 78

1883 SL  IR 78

1884 EL  IR 78

1885 EL  IR 78

1886 EL  IR 78

1887 EL  IR 78

1888 EL  attached/transferred to IR 60

1890 EL acting Hptm(?) with IR 20 (?)

1891 Hptm IR 20.  Seniority 23 Dec 1891

1892 Hptm IR 20.  Attached to IR 78 (?)

1894 Hptm IR 59

1895 Hptm IR 59

1896 Hptm IR 59

1897 Hptm IR 59

1898 Hptm IR 59

1899 Hptm IR 59

1900 Hptm IR 59

1901 Hptm IR 59

1902 Hptm IR 59

1903 Major  IR 59 Seniority 12 Sept 1902

1904 Major  IR 59

1905 Major  IR 135

1906 Major  Kom. L.Bez. Sangerhausen

1907 Major  Kom. L.Bez. Sangerhausen

1908 Major  Kom. L.Bez. Sangerhausen

1909 ObstLt  Kom. L.Bez. Sangerhausen Seniority 24 March 1909

1910 ObstLt IR 78


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Schimmelmann, Karl August Gustav Malte Freiherr v.
*30.03.1856 in Petersdorf
†24.09.1926 in Stettin

He entered service on 19.04.1876 and left active duty on 22.03.1910.  During World War I, he was recalled as an Oberstleutnant z.D., serving as a battalion commander in Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 82 and as a Bahnhofs-Kommandant in occupied Romania. His battalion command in RIR 82 may have been the Ersatz-Bataillon, since he does not show up in the award rolls for war decorations from the states most closely connected to RIR 82, Schwarzburg-Sondershausen and Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha.

Known decorations are:

• Roter-Adlerorden 4. Klasse mit der Krone
• Kronenorden 3. Klasse
• Dienstauszeichnungskreuz
• Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnismedaille

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Hello Dave,

Wow!  This is wonderful information and immensely appreciated.  You've just carried the ball across the finish line at the moment I thought that the proverbial wall had been hit.  Many, many thanks!

With kindest regards,



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his entry in the Offizier-Stammliste of IR 78.





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Hello Glenn,

This is truly outstanding.  If I may say - most respectfully - "The Old Hands" like your good self, are demonstrating that there is a "better way" of coaxing out the essential information.  Thank you for the information and the research lessons.  I appreciate it very, very much!

with kindest regards,


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