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  1. Agree grossly under-appreciated. What makes these even more unusual is being signed in pencil by two leading Reichswehr generals commanding in upper Silesia. Most of this particular type of document even for military personnel have facsimile signatures.
  2. That's a good point. It's possible he was a veteran and I only managed to get two of his award documents which does happen. But, also, he may have always just been a teacher and already too old to serve in 1914 when the war started. He could have been involved in what you suggest or could have been an Einwohnerwehr leader in Rybik. There's no way of knowing.
  3. Eric. That's a very nice looking period SA II. Here are a pair of documents to a teacher, Lehrer Herrn Erich Salzbrunn from Paruschowitz in Kreis Rybnik, Upper Silesia. Rybnik was the center of the the First Polish Uprising in 1919 and of the Upper Silesia plebiscite in March 1921. The documents have been trimmed a bit. But, otherwise they're in good condition. The interesting thing about them is that they are both signed in pencil by well-known Reichswehr generals. The Silesia Eagle was awarded a lot to civilians who worked in some capacity with the Reichswehr in Grenzschutz Ost Sch
  4. Hi Dave Thanks so much. This is outstanding and much more than I expected. Much appreciated. What is WBK? Brian
  5. Here you go, Chris. Zeitfreiwillige Leipzig collar badges from my collection.
  6. Here are three from my collection. The green colored piping (gold for officers) on a black diamond was added after September 30, 1919 to denote those who had originally volunteered for Freikorps Epp in March 1919. This acted as a Tradition Badge when Bayerisches Schützenkorps (Freikorps Epp)/Reichswehr Brigade 21 merged with Reichswehr Brigade 22 to become Reichswehr Brigade 21 of the Übergangsheer in October 1919. It continued to be worn as a Tradition badge in the Wehrmacht up to 1945. The other types of badges on blue were worn as a Tradition badge by former temporary volunteers (Zeit
  7. I have a document set to a WWI/Reichswehr Oberleutnant and would kindly like to ask for help from those with the appropriate research sources, what (if any) other awards he received. His name is Oberleutnant Kurt Karies. He entered the 6th (1st West Prussian) Grenadiers "Count Kleist von Nollendorf” on 20/4/1912 as a Fahnrich and was promoted to Leutnant on 20/11/1913. He served with Grenadier Regiment 6. all through WWI and into the Freikorps period before joining Reichswehr Schützen Regt. 9. in July 1919 and the Sicherheitspolizei Berlin in June 1920. He was discharged due to the armed
  8. I don't know how to date the different armbands exactly, other than knowing the one I posted was used 1919-21. The one I posted isn't mine. But, I've looked at both sides and it isn't numbered or stamped, which isn't unusual.
  9. Specifically this is the württembergische Jugendwehr. They existed from 1915 to 1925. They were active during the Freikorps period as auxilliaries of the Einwohnerwehr (Civil Militia). Here is a Freikorps period Einwohnerwehr Württemberg armband with the Jugendwehr shield.
  10. It must be a Third Reich era badge as Zeitner manufactured between 1933 and 1945.
  11. I believe this was the first type from, as I said June-September 1919, as in the first half of 1919, at least the Bavarian Freikorps and Einwohnerwehr were ardent royalists and anti-Weimar republic who wanted to restore the Wittelsbach dynasty to the throne in Bavaria. Thus, the crown.
  12. This version was, I believe an early pattern of the Reichswehr helmet from somewhere around June to September 1919.
  13. The helmet in the first picture also has the Bavarian shield on the side as worn by Freikorps Epp when it was in the Reichswehr. Here a picture of the Drum and Bugle corps of 1. bayer. Reichswehr-Schützen-Regiment 41 (Freikorps Epp) showing a similar Bavarian shield on the side of their helmets.
  14. Two Epp helmets. The one in the top left has a faded lion symbol in red on the front.
  15. Although probably unlikely, could it refer to SVW Bremen (Sportverein Werder Bremen) the football club? It's been around since 1899. if so, maybe it some sort of blazer crest. Just a thought.
  16. I just saw a clearer picture of this arm-badge posted on WAF and it turns out to be some hitherto unknown MGSS badge substituting an MG08/15 light machinegun for the standard MG08.
  17. I saw it. It also had the ribbons for the Feld Ehren-Kreuz which was an unofficial WWI commemorative and the 16er Hacketauer which was an unofficial commemorative medal for the former Imperial Infanterie-Regiment 16. Freiherr von Sparr which were called the "alter Hacketauer" in the 19th century. This regiment formed Freikorps Hacketau in 1919. But that ribbon has nothing to do with Freikorps Hacketau. So, these 2 ribbons along with the so-called "Train Band" from your cross are not related to the Freikorps. Maybe they were just lumped in with Freikorps ribbons because they were from the same
  18. This is a very interesting piece. It's unfortunate that there's not much documentation on it. I'd be interested in who has classified this as possibly a Freikorps awards because I very much doubt that. All Freikorps awards have been accounted for and well documented for the most part by Konstantin Nikolaev and Ingo Haarcke in their exhaustively researched books. I believe there is some sort of Freikorps Train troops award (I'd have to look it up). But, this isn't it.
  19. I believe these are ribbons worn by university students. So, I presume these are the university colors.
  20. Agree. Among other things, embroidery art is a major industry in Vietnam with factories of orphan girls pumping out quite exquisite work. A flag like this would be quite easy for them to produce. I don't know if it's legit or not. But, I used to live in Hanoi and there's tons of this stuff in the Old Quarter and near the railways station in the stalls on Le Duan Street. Some of it is genuine. But, a lot of it has been produced for war souvenir hunters. I guess it depends at least in part on provenance.
  21. Infanterie-Regiment „Prinz Friedrich der Niederlande“ (2. Westfälisches) Nr. 15 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infanterie-Regiment_%E2%80%9EPrinz_Friedrich_der_Niederlande%E2%80%9C_(2._Westf%C3%A4lisches)_Nr._15
  22. Austro-Hungarian machine-gun corps based on the collar badges of the guy on the left.
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