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  1. Ian

    I read your very interesting post on the k.u.k. Seefliegertruppe and was wondering if you have any information on the career of Reinhold Haschke?

    Greeting from Australia


  2. Hello, So, all of them are Golden Bravery Medals recipients (highest gallantry award for enlisted personal and non-commissioned officers in k.u.k. Army). Problem is that in official Schematismus (k.u.k. Kriegsmarine 1918) I can find only J. Molnár. I have also looked into all other possible variants of Schematismus (k.u.k. Army/ Heer, k.k. Landwehr and Hungarian Honvédség) and nothing, neither Sztavjanik nor Obendorfer. Both of them according their ranks (Sztavjanik was Titular Fliegermeister/ senior NCO but heading toward officer rank and Obendorfer was Fähnrich der Reserve/ Reserve Ensign) seems to be one-year volunteers. All 3 of them were pilots in k.u.k. Kriegsmarine but only J. Molnár had the status of naval pilot and he wore Naval Pilot´s Badge (one of the 23 who met very demanding conditions). Sztavjanik and Obendorfer fought as pilots (or maybe observers) but they didn’t have a status of navy pilots. If somebody can shed some light into the fact that they are not listed anywhere (at least I can´t find them), I would also appreciate it. Molnár Johann, Stabsfliegermeister (most senior NCO rank), born 1889, joined kuk Army on 16. November 1910 and promoted to Stabsfliegermeister on 1. May 1918, attached to Kompanie 14 at SFS Pula (Seeflugstation/Seaplane station in Pula), Golden Bravery Medal (GTM), Silver Bravery Medal 1st Class, Silver Bravery Medal 2nd Class, Jubilee Cross 1908 for Military, Long Service Cross for enlisted personal/ non-commissioned officers 3rd Class and Naval Pilot´s Badge 1915 ( Seeflugzeugführerabzeichen 1915) GTM citation (GTM received on 29. April 1916): During an attack against Ancona on 3 April 1916, Lohner - L 71 (Dursky,Kuster) had to make an emergency landing after two shrapnel hits in the vicinity of the enemy port. Thereupon Fliegermeister Molnar landed beside the flying boat, took over the two inmates and destroyed the flying apparatus. When he could no longer climb up, because the boat was damaged by waves, he landed on water and consequently Linienschiffsleutnant Stenta and Linienschiffsleutnant Koch on Lohner - L 65 landed near them and successfully recovered all four comrades. Sztavjanik Eduard (born 1890), tit. Fliegermeister, Seaplane station in Kumbor, GTM on 7. September 1918, died on 23. September 1971 in Vienna Obendorfer Maximilian, Fähnrich d.Res., Seaplane station Triest, GTM on 23. July 1917, Died in air crash on 19. December 1917 Regards, t.
  3. No diplomatic and/or consular mission of Austria-Hungary in Liberia but Liberia had 2 honorary consuls, one in Vienna and one in Budapest. Honorary consul is (usually) citizen of state in which he is carrying out his consular mission for the country which chose him. He enjoys only limited immunity concerning mostly protection of consular documents. He is not a public official of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, just normal citizens helping particular country in his homeland. It is usually a person of some influence and position (with money). In year 1918 there was Mr. Reinitz Julius (Hon. General Consul) in Vienna and Mr. Leitner Siegmund (Honorary Consul) in Budapest. I don´t know whether this helps anyhow.
  4. Hello!!!im new un this foro!!!i lern your coments AND please i need you see my badges....i have some very rare.....but i dont know if i have some copys...thanks a Lot,im ready to learn....i love un argentine AND i have the most big colección un south america,regards!!!!

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      I try to send you my photos but i cant....the Max total size 2 MB...i cant understand how i can send the photos.. 

  5. small addition to the topic of SMS Viribus Unitis - Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration and with particular dedication on the reverse (2nd from right). Obviously presented as a gift to unknown officer serving on SMS Viribus Unitis in 1914, probably closely after outbreak of the WWI.
  6. Thank you for an explanation, Christian. It sounds very logic to me. It wasn't my intention to challenge originality of the bar at all. No doubt that´s very fine one with uniquely dedicated Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration.
  7. Hi, I am also referring to the first bar and I understand "1812 Overture" note saying: "Why do you have military officers in your portfolio for 25 years, but there is no 60-year medal for the Emperor Franz to ascend to the throne?" the way that if some A-H officer got a Long Service Cross for 25 years (MDZ III. Klasse) even in 1918 then I would also expect to see Jubilee Medal 1898 (JEM 1898) and Jubilee Cross 1908 (JEK 1908) on the bar. Regards, Tifes
  8. Hello, What I see on general´s uniform (…but maybe I am wrong somewhere…): 1. Grand Cross of the Croatian Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir with Star and Swords 2. Bulgarian Order of Military Merit, Grand Cross (I. Class) 3. Slovak War Victory Cross I. Class 4. Grand Cross of the Romanian Order of the Crown 5. 3rd Reich´s German Eagle Order II. Class Regards, Tifes
  9. "HMA 1918" and "GW 18" are absolutely war-time pieces, so I subscribe to the previous request for clarification...why "1918"/"18" medals should be post-1918 ones...
  10. At the Dorotheum`s auction back in 2015 there was MVK III. Class in diamonds and rubies, but without case. It was Koechert production. Altogether there were 9 pieces made, 5 by Koechert and 4 by Rothe and I can’t say whether in Tallinn there is Count Montecuccoli´s MVK. All originals were cased in boxes, wearing the mark of particular company, either Koechert or Rothe on the inner side of the lid. Franz Thili's Neffe company was never producer of any A-H orders and decoration. They produced military equipment (also boxes for decorations) but also chamberlain’s keys (k.u.k. Kämmererschlüsseln).
  11. It depends on what you are looking for. There aren’t any original “medal bars” of Austrian-Hungarian Empire till 1918 because they just simple didn’t exist in this form. All medals had triangle ribbons and were directly attached to the uniform. This looks like medal bar made in late 1930s/1940s. I don’t find it anyhow weird. Precedence of the medals is correct. It (probably) belonged to low ranked officer (2nd lieutenant – 1st lieutenant) who started his battlefield career in late years of WWI (I would say first part of 1917) as Reserve Officer Cadet (One Year Volunteer) which was basically NCO who became officer later. As NCO he has got Large Silver Bravery Medal and then as an officer Bronze Military Merit Medal (Signum Laudis) with swords and Silver Military Medal twice and also with swords. Then it´s classic – KTK and Wound Medal and after WWI he has also got Hungarian Commemorative Medal and then Bulgarian Commemorative Medal (which is missing). No Hindenburg Cross or Tyrolean Commemorative Medal so he probably wasn’t Austrian. All medals are very common and of course, they could be made/privately purchased after 1918 in lower quality but I wouldn’t say it´s fake directly. On the other side to be honest it´s nothing to stand for if not priced cheap.
  12. Very nice original badge in superb condition. Regards, T.
  13. Hi, these are pilot badges of Austro-Hungarian Air Force dated to the period WWI and to keep this story short - none of them is original from the period of A-H Empire. On the first picture, there is Naval Pilot's Badge 1915. It was made of silver, hallmarked. It´s extremely rare and pricey. Just 50 pieces had been struck and only 23 awarded. This is just a copy. On the second pic you have there 3 Field Pilot's Badges 1913 and 1 Aircrew/Observer Badge 1917. The badge on the very left is private version, which means that this form was never officially recognised and awarded but some pilots liked it and they purchased it privately. It wasn’t officially allowed but tolerated. There is only one picture but green enamel doesn’t look very crispy and it has very simple look. There is also some soldering of hooks on the reverse, which I don’t like. I would need some better close-up images to be sure. However, I would say that best what you can hope for is some version from 1930s, probably for reactivated officer, maybe after Anschluss (Austria´s occupation by Nazi Germany in March 1938). Other two pilot badges of 1913 version pretend to be originally awarded pieces from WWI, even with producer´s mark (Zimbler) on the reverse, but they are just cheap reproductions. The same for Aircrew/Observer Badge 1917 version (white wreath) – just copy, nothing else. Regards, Tifes P.S. Some chat about A-H pilot badges in different section of GMIC forum: http://gmic.co.uk/topic/5741-id-weird-a-h-flying-badges/
  14. To 1812 Overture pics showing some small decorations: FJO grand-cross – it´s late collector´s copy of small decoration. In my opinion not worth of money at all. LO grand-cross or probably I. class/EKOI – those two are not small decorations but miniatures for ribbons on the field uniform bar. They are smaller in diameter but they seem to be original pieces. Price is always decision made by the buyer but at least it’s not some modern crap. Tifes
  15. It has started since the very beginning. It´s regulated by the Status of each Austrian/A-H Order, which in case of St. Stephan´s Order as an oldest merit order, means year 1764. Then it was repeated in Statutes of Leopold, Iron Crown and Franz Joseph Orders. In case of clergy, the sash designated for Grand Cross/I. Class (EKO) always kept the same attributes as colours, width etc. but it was placed round the neck. As I see it continued beyond 1918 into the 1st Austrian republic (which I didn’t know). Definitely it wasn’t some “fancy manner” of clergy but strict regulation. Tifes
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