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Chris Boonzaier

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    The Imperial Iron Cross, WW1 research, The Boer war, The campaigns in South West and East Africa 1914-18...
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  1. Hi, I have to check again... you must remember, the troops in Europe were just 4 of 7 Battalions... as is the French way they formed the " 4e Régiment de Marche de Zouaves " ... the "de Marche" units are usually composite units formed for the duration of the war... taking the best elements to make a unit for the front while leaving the rest back to carry on with their usual duties.... The French troops left in Maroc during the war were the men least fit for service on the Western front for whatever reason. I will try and find a reference but I have a note the 7th company was in maroc... 4 in France.. am not sure where the other two were, maybe used piecemeal to reinforce the 4 in France I had some nice 4eme Zouave documents so i had made a few notes on the unit 😉
  2. Hi, very hard to read... most of the Regiment served in France, the 7th battalion spent the war in Maroc.
  3. Much thanks guys, I am swamped at the moment and it took some time, once again I tried for the spirit of the text, not a word for word translation..... So open are the conversations between the Prince and his men, a tone the Prince appreciated and often lead to lengthy conversations. He was a master at probing the emotions in the men’s hearts. I often met men in the trenches whose spirits had been lifted by a chat with the Prince. He had the ability of understanding the inner struggles and helping the men cope with depressions. He was always able to find the right words and many of the men appreciate that. When the Battalion arrived in the front line his Majesty took great care to assure the welfare of each company. Through his personal engagement he was able to better the conditions and implement changes to the benefit of the men. Everyone recognized this and the men were proud to belong to the “Prinzen-Bataillon”. We were proud of our commander and the men all made sure, at every opportunity, that they were worthy of the trust he put in them. He not only took care of the physical well being of the men but also the spiritual. There were regular church services which his Majesty always attended. I must say the men had great confidence in the Princes belief. I remember one occasion vividly. It was X-Mas 1915. At the Church Service at Pokuvac H.R.H. stood with the other officers ahead of the battalion. At the passing of the procession he knelt in deep respect before God Almighty. We were touched by the sight of the Prinz kneeling humbly before his God. It was the Princes last X-Mas. It was also an example to all, the coolness and serenity with which the Prinz endured the hardships of the Serbian campaign. He carried not only the burden of responsibility but in many cases also the worries and suffering of the simple soldiers. Personally barve, often too much so, Prince “always forward” ignored danger. Shouldering all the hardships of soldiering the Prince stood before us, the consummate soldier and nobleman, worthy to demand our all. I must admit… at the Roten Turmpaß we often found ourselves in desperate situations. Enemy to the front, the rear
  4. hmmm... I do not think there wqas a real 4eme Battalion in Morocco 1916-18... can you give your reference and we can try and work it out from there. Best Chris
  5. I am looking for details... maybe even a Photo of my Ass ! Friedrich Ass to be precise... who seems to have been a Jäger Officer .... A very rare name indeed for some reason.... Can anyone help me find my ass?? Thanks Chris
  6. Hi, this tunic excites and confuses me..... It looks like a Bavarian Jäger (with crown buttons).... but at some stage the sleeves had Brandenburg cuffs added! You can see the jacket has more wear than the cuffs, but if you look under the cuffs, you see that the jacket was worn with them for some time.... can anyone figure out a unit that may have had these??
  7. a simple Label... "Reichsheer Oblt Hocker Chef der russichen Hilfstruppe" in a WW1 German Jäger Officers cap that was part of a Museum collection.... I find the following in a book called "Auswärtiges Amt und Geheim Dienst" by Richard Mergel ... but I just have the snippet on the screen.... Can anyone take a stap at a first name? It is a super long shot....
  8. He could well have been a medic, probably behind the frontlines, many of them did not get an EK
  9. The mix of titles leads down many a wrong path on google... but this is the man, and what could be a photo of him...... Can anyone take a stab at it? Thanks Chris Could it be this guy...? "Im Jahre 1913 stand der - am 4. Aug. 1890 in Berlin geborene - Leutnant Eitel-Leopold Graf v. Schlitz genannt v. Görtz und v. Wrisberg bei dem in Berlin garnisonierten 3. Garde - Regiment zu Fuß. Er schied nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg als Hauptmann a.D. aus dem Regiment aus."
  10. Nope, but I am guessing that a lot of their training course revolved around that book on indirekt fire 😉
  11. Jup indeed, they were made by a workshop for invalided soldiers. A Civvie could buy a box (to raise funds for the invalides) then send them off to the front, where they could be shared at the unit.... I think for small cigars
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