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  1. @Dave Danner and @Glenn J Thank you both, I really appreciate your input! Very interesting that he served as Head of the Militär-Strafanstalt! @Dave Danner is this entry from the Stammrollen? I did a little more research and found that he was relieved of this post in march 1917 (Verordnungsblatt p. 884). But there are more questions I hope to solve with your help: Plaß wears an Austro-Hungarian Inhaber-Jubiläumsmedaille in silver for foreigners. As far as I understand these medals were - in very low numbers - given in 1901 to active and former members of the Königlich Bayerische 13. Infanterie-Regiment "Kaiser Franz Joseph von Österreich" by the emperor celebrating his 50th jubilee as chef of the Regiment. But I cannot at all find any mention in the few Militär-Handbücher I have available that Plaß ever served in this regiment. Also in 1897 he received the Zentenarmedaille, which not many other Bavarians of his rank at this time received - so as a non-veteran and a Bavarian, did he around this time serve in the prussian armed forces (commanded?)? Cheers ArHo
  2. Hi to all, here a recent addition to my collection which some of you may find interesting - enjoy. Major Karl Plaß, all data according to Militär-Handbuch 1907 (does not mention his Militärverdienstorden, must have received it afterwards - help appreciated!). In 1907 Major and staff officer in Königlich Bayerisches 18. Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Ludwig Ferdinand, stationed in Landau (picture taken there). He wears from viewer's point of view left to right: Ritterkreuz (2nd class?) Bavarian Militärverdienstorden (received post 1907) Bayerische Rettungs-Medaille (Bavarian lifesaving medal), received as Premierleutnant KB 16. IR for saving a person from drowning in the river Inn on 11.7.1895 Jubiläums-Medaille für die Armee 1905 (Jubilee-medal for the Bavarian Army 1905) Preußischer Roter Adler Orden 4. Klasse (Prussian red eagle order 4th class) China-Denkmünze für Nichtkämpfer / in Stahl (Commemorative medal China expedition 1901 for noncombatants / in steel) Bayerisches Dienstauszeichnungs-Kreuz 2. Klasse (Bavarian long service cross 2nd class) Preußische Zentenar-Medaille (Prussian centenary medal) Kaiserlich und Königlich Österreichische silberne Inhaber-Jubiläums-Medaille (Not sure about which regiment he served in when he received this - 13th?) As always, all corrections or additions are very welcome. Have a nice May Day. Cheers ArHo
  3. Simi, look at the shape of the ears, especially the earlobes - I would say it rather is Meister. Cheers
  4. @ixhs Sounds like you own some too? Feel free to contribute. Cheers ArHo @GreyC Nice one! 🙂 But what kind of badge does she wear? Never seen this one before?! Cheers ArHo
  5. Hi all, looking through my collection once again I realized that Germans obviously liked to keep up morale in ww1 (and before, and later...) by taking or having taken pictures of their girlfriends or wifes in Uniform. So I thought this might be a nice thread in these bad times we live in today. To start, here is my absolutely favourite one. Though she is not a "perfect" beauty, the quality of the picture, the detail of the EK2 and the Uniform ("Goslarer" Hannoversches Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 10, I think - it was taken there) and the Grabendolch (though not fully visible) always strike me when I see it. Would love to see any other pictures like this from you other guys. Greetings from Germany ArHo
  6. Very interesting - I never knew that they used the helmet of Skanderbeg as model for a badge (I was for a long time fascinated by this masterpiece of late medieval armour!)! Thanks for showing! Picture from Wikipedia, User Zenit, CC BY-SA 3.0
  7. Hi! Just a question to understand: Were these medals produced - before - approval (which didn't happen later) in anticipation that they would be approved - or - were, and are, they (being) produced - after and even in spite of - their approval had been turned down? Cheers
  8. @Trooper_D Wow, that is a useful tip to try in future research - thanks! Cheers
  9. @graham Wow, that same unexpected - and is just great! I say: Thank you very much! Chagins short bio on Wiki sounds very interesting - I will definitely try to find out more about him. I would love to hear how you tracked this man. Did you already know his face from some research for example? Cheers and thanks again! ArHo
  10. Very nice! I just love these old pulications! But "Silver has a lasting value" - well I guess we see that a little different today? Thanks for showing, both of you. Cheers ArHo
  11. Yep, many people aged "faster" back then, life was not as easy as today, disease, bad food, imperfect medicine, alcohol, it all took its toll (especially true for the bearded ones, I guess?) - and today most good looking men never were on campaign let alone had already lost a war at this age, did they? 😉 Cheers
  12. Nice! As an only - and light - point of "critique", if it were for me, I would strongly insist on darkening the very white foot of the uniform stand. But again: nice! Cheers
  13. @GreyC not absolutely sure about this (will have to look it up) but I think the contingents of EKs given to the units after battles were fixed portions of royal gratitude based on actual achievement and "lobby work" of commanders in the after action reports (anyone please correct if I am wrong). So there was no way to inflate the numbers afterwards - you had to take what you got and so they invented the way to reaward the crosses of deceased bearers - quite innovative if you ask me! 😀
  14. Laurentius - he did, here you go (List 1863)
  15. @Laurentius - it may be that he did not get the Iron Cross immediately but that with his performance he earned the "right" to get the Iron Cross at a later time after one of those who got it immediately had died. This was done when there were not enough crosses to distribute (as far as I remember units got a fixed number of crosses that could be distributed - this meant that not necessarily the bravest got the medals. It was done in the 1870/71 war, too, which is the reason for most Prussian officers having earned the EK2 after the war but a far lower percentage of ordinary men). This is in short what may (!) have happened to Herr Leber (anybody please correct me when I am wrong), so I think he would have received his EK2 some time after 1817 but before 1824 when he is mentioned to have it, already as a captain. Compare S. 136: https://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/title/6235182 Cheers
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