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  1. Yes, unfortunately the building no longer exists. GreyC
  2. Hi, I checked the address of the GK in 1888, 1900, 1903, 1910. It was always at Genthinerstrasse 2, Berlin West. The picture was supposedly published in 1903. So Charlottenburg seems to be wrong. It is a bit more to the north-west of the Genthiner Strasse. Best, GreyC
  3. Hi, Spasm is correct in stating that it is a one of a kind image like a polaroid or ferrotype (and I add: photobooth picture or daguerreotype or slide). As different as all these different types of photographic images are, what they have in common is that there is no negative to print duplicates from (so NO print on paper, so here Spasm is wrong as in this kind of process NO PRINTING is done). Through a chemical process during the development of the latent image, the negative becomes a positive through a chemical process. If you want or need copies of the image (prints), the image in question would have to be re-photographed to be reproduced. As negatives are always mirror inverted the old procedures mentioned show the image "the wrong way round", or "backwards" as Spasm puts it. And that is way. So are daguerreotypes, ferrotypes, ambrotypes, slides and the early photobooth pictures. In the later years the manufacturers of photobooths installed a prism in front of the light sensitive surface of the medium, that made the image look "right" again so that it could be used in passports etc. GreyC
  4. This may be so but your question as I understood it was if only German national were elligble to an EK and my answer was that this does not seem to be the case. If you ment something else, I must have misunderstood. GreyC
  5. Hi, I second the reading of the name. It is not in the original Ehrenrangliste index. You´ll find it in the seperately published annex, of 1929, which contains additional names and corrections. Here the name is listed on p1296 and gives his name as on p. 598 in the Ehrenrangliste. The only Meyer (without -Burckhardt) on that page is listed as Major a.D. (1926), who began the war as Oberleutnant within the Festungs-Fernsprech-Kompanie Nr. 4 at Straßburg. So if it is really the same guy he switched unit during the war, which was not unusual. GreyC
  6. There were Turks who were decorated with EKs, so I don´t think it was given to German nationals only. GreyC
  7. As the first letter is neither a "S" nor a "L" for "schwere" or "leichte", it is either Mittlere Minenwerfer Abt. 18 or 118. Maybe Cron has the details. The guy wearing it is an Unteroffizier. In the photo of Rastatt Wehrgeschichtliche Museum the shoulder borad with MW G 173, the "G" stands for "Gebirgs-" The last photo of OvBacon nicely shows that Pionier Bataillon 15 (Flaps) was responsible for the formation of at least two Minenwerfer units, as all wear the same flaps but different patches denoting the specific Minenwerfer-Einheit. GreyC
  8. Hi, that´s King Wilhelm II of Württemberg, not Kaiser Wilhelm II, King of Prussia on the left. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_II._(Württemberg) GreyC
  9. Hi, yes that´s it. My information is from the same source. Best, GreyC
  10. Hi, if the place of death is the same as place of burial, I am unable to say, but all died on the same day at the same place during their fight in the Somme region. Best, GreyC
  11. Hi, full view till 1879, limited search till 1920. Best, GreyC
  12. Hi Christophe, great collection. I have a few with him on photos as well, but there were many in your presentation I had not seen. I try to specialize on photos that show him with his Protos of which he seems to have been fond. And quite rightly so. A fabulous car. GreyC
  13. Hi Gunnar, thanks! Typically WIKIPEDIA (German) got it wrong again (in parts). They state that the Erinnerungsabzeichen was not issued in WW2. Which is wrong. It was issued until 12th January 1944. On the photo Matt. posted you see him with his old Flugzeugführer-Abzeichen from 1913 and the one from 1935. The latter was issued to (among others) "denjenigen Soldaten und Beamten der Luftwaffe, denen vor oder im Kriege das Flugzeugführer- oder Luftschifferabzeichen verliehen worden ist." verliehen werden, "wenn sie jetzt noch zu dem zum dienstlichen Fliegen verpflichteten Personal gehören." oder an Personen, die "zur Ausfüllung ihrer Dienststellung als Flugzeugführer auf K-Flugzeugen fliegen müssen." So if ever he qualified for the Erinnerungsabzeichen he must have gotten it after his transfer to Wehrbezirks-Kdo Gelsenkirchen in July 1942. Best, GreyC
  14. Hi Gunnar, what is an ErrAbz, please? Ok, Abz=Abzeichen, but Err? Thanks! GreyC
  15. Hi all, whether the translation is "late" or "former" depends on the position of the adverb in the phrase. 1.) weiland Generaladjutant Sr. Majestät = früher/former 2.) Generaladjutant weiland Sr. Majestät = früheren / late As Jonv states, that this phrase was used after the death of their resp. Emporers, you can, in this case, savely translate as former Generaladjutant of his late Majesty. Happy Easter, GreyC
  16. Thank you! Sea-Artillery distance meassurement. Here is another one: "Fräulein Feldwebel, if you like....
  17. Hi ArHo, interesting concept. So he earned it during the war and had to wait for a visible sign of recognition until some other guy died. Up to that point an EKII bearer in waiting... Cheers, JR
  18. Hi, a ery interesting thread. My question as a layman in medal-peculiars: I understand, that there were shortages in EKII during the war. My question is why they didn´t manufacture more after the war, when prorities could be rearranged. Just thrifty? Thanks, GreyC
  19. Hi GBL, that was the opinion of ONE member of Feldgrau Forum, after you posted your query yesterday at 21:01. I personally would never give an expertise on items w regard to their originality from just a photograph. With today´s possibilities a photo is not a solid basis to make such an assesment in many cases. GreyC
  20. Great stuff! Unfortunately the photo-studio, which was active right up to the 2000s went bust twice after that. I wonder what happened to the photographic archive; must have been fantastic. Best, GreyC
  21. Hi komtur, he had spent a year at the court of the Czar and was promoted an officer there. Source: Wolfgang Brückner (Hrsg.) Historische Fotografie in Unterfranken. Würzburg 1989, p. 169. The Czar was son of the General August von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1818–1881) und Clémentine von Orléans (1817–1907), so he was "familiar" with Coburg. Uhlenhuth took the photos of the Czar´s 2nd wedding. GreyC
  22. Very nice photo. I´m not sure, actually, if that badge was officially issued. Reihenbildzüge were few and far between. I know of 9. Their purpose was to help fabricate large maps by a special aerial-photographic technique, that "scanned" the landscape from above photographically. The photographic stripes/rows (=Reihen) were then assembled / combined to form a large scale photographic overview that formed the basis for mapmaking. Hope the description was sufficently clear. I provide an example from my collection. This photo originated with Reihenbildzug 3. Note the stripes that indicate the Reihen (=rows). Souilly is 16km southwest of Verdun. GreyC
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