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    Buttonhole Ribbons 05


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    Luftwaffe Hauptmann Hoelschuer was celebrating his birthday on 2 June 1942.

    His South German style ribbon bar is: 1914 EK2, a Bavarian MMO or MMC, Hindenburg Cross X, and WW1 Turkish War Medal star (ribbon should only be worn when star itself-- on his lower right side) was not.

    From the buttonhole-- the ONLY award he had acquired by that date in WW2-- his Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2nd Class (Xs assumed).

    Absolutely typical of the way a "lower" (KVK2X) award was assigned more visual prominence than a higher one (WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class) because it was the most recent. Nothing on that ribbon bar would have changed since he got the Hindenburg Cross in 1934/35.

    Now he COULD have added the KVK2X in second place on the ribbon bar.


    But wearing something (anything? rolleyes.gif ) from the buttonhole was a flashier fashion statement by the wearer. There was nothing nothing in regulations that said he could not have worn it in EITHER position.


    From the album:

    Ribbon Bar Photos in Wear

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