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  1. Well put. I was just paraphrasing Berthold Brecht who wrote (if I remember correctly: Julius Cesar conquered Gaul? Surely he must have had at least a cook supporting him...) ­čśë On a more serious side: it seems hard to find biographical information and photographs of Franz on the net. It┬┤s mostlyy about today┬┤s head of the Wittelsbacher, also named Franz. GreyC
  2. Hi Bayern, surely he had some help from his troops? ­čśë No offence, GreyC
  3. Hi Alex, it was a pleasure to be able to contribute. GreyC
  4. Hi, for me it┬┤s difficult to distinguish, but those collar tabs were worn by Bavarian police as well as Bavarian border patrol. Here as Obergrenzaufseher. https://www.seitengewehr.de/grenze2.html https://www.seitengewehr.de/bayfreistaat.html If you compare the shoulderboards, you will notice a difference, though the collar boards are the same. So yours could be police? GreyC
  5. Hi! It┬┤s from son Max to his mother. The photo on the card was taken in Bad Nauheim. He thanks his familiy for taking care of Jenny (his wife or girlfriend, I presume) so well. He is well, too. That┬┤s basically it. GreyC
  6. I took time and effort to answer your question and scanned the article of the 1890s Brockhaus for all to read (thanks much to Utgardloki for the translation) to facilitate a valid answer. So if you are not happy with my answer you have the Brockhaus article I provided to give you the answer. That┬┤s all from my side. GreyC
  7. Hi, I got this photo at a fair. I first thought that he was a member of St. John, but because he wears the Order of the Holy Grave of Jerusalem (if I am correct) he ought to be catholic. So he is probably a high ranking member of the Order of Malta. I am not sure if he is German or Austrian. Can anybody identify him by any chance? Thank you! GreyC
  8. Hi Utgardloki, thanks for the translation. To answer your question: yes and no ­čśë Of course, if a sovereign was Chef of a regiment he had strong ties to it. So sometimes the regiments/units became Leibgarde also. But Leibregimenter were only few, whereas for example, the Prussian Garde grew to become it┬┤s own (Garde)Korps with around at least 30.000 troops. GreyC
  9. No response yet from arb. For all of you still interested and able to read Fraktur German here the exolanation of the Brockhaus, Germany┬┤s equivalent to the Encyclopedia Britannica (from a 1890s edition). There is an entry to Leibregiment that has this lemma/ cross reference to Leibtruppen. GreyC
  10. The IR 115 has a long history of being called Leibregiment. It has this name since 1806 when the Gro├čherzogin in question wasn┬┤t even born yet. The title Gro├čerzogin was an additional honor-titel first to honor the then wife of the Gro├čherzog (1897). After their divorce 1901 the regiment retained the title Gro├čherzogin, but from 1902 (not 1914 to my knowledge) this meant the Gro├čherzog┬┤s mother. So the regiment retained not only the younger title Gro├čherzogin, but the more senior title Leibregiment, as well since 1806. And why should a Garde-Regiment not be a Leibregiment also? The same is true with the Prussian 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fu├č, as far as I know. GreyC
  11. No. Leibregiment is not the same as Leibgarde. Leibregimenter got the name, because the sovereign of a state was the regiment┬┤s chief. With that came the right to collect the money that was generated through the regiment (goes back to 17th/18th century). It is not a nickname, either, It┬┤s a title of honour. GreyC
  12. Hi Roman, very nice. With regard to Lippe I only have this photo of the other principality, Schaumburg-Lippe. It┬┤s a private photo that shows Prinz Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe on his tricycle in the year of 1911, 5 years old. GreyC
  13. Hi, I read Heinrich Schwenold. A name you find in Bavaria once in a while. No guesswork necessary. GreyC
  14. Hi, though I have difficulties deciphering all, I┬┤ll give you what I can make out so far: 1.) Vati/father Givet 1914 2.) Vati (Hauptmann); Betr[iebs] Ing[enieur] [=operations engineer] ??ampel; ??? Bmstr [Betriebsmeister/head of operations] Hoffmann; Amtsgehilfe [clerk] Betriebsamt Givet 1914/15 (Belgien) 3.) Betriebsamt Givet 1914/15 4.) Dein Schwager Will z.[ur] Z.[eit] Bukarest 1917 5.) Rum├Ąnien 1917 GreyC
  15. Yes. An Artillerie-Regiment is divided into (2) Abteilungen which are subdivided into Batterien. 1st Batterie is part of 1st Abt. IR┬┤s did not have Batterien. My guess is, because there was no FuArt 50 it seemed superflous to write FAR 50 as it was the only option. GreyC
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