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    Collecting Pre-1945 Military Artifacts, Boating, Fishing, Restoring Antique Alarm Clocks

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  1. In my opinion, it would be a mistake to gussie-up an Ueberrock like Dame Edna's Christmas tree. Tasteful restraint was typically exercised... i.e. a concept of "less is more." Here's a photo I found on this forum that belongs to arho with a simple bMVO ribbon in the button hole. Here's a Saxon officer wearing an EK1 and his St Henry Knight's Cross in the button hole. If you wanted to really make a statement, buy a Military Max Jpseph Order Knight's Cross and mount it in a button hole.
  2. How were the photos determined to be pre-War? That was never clarified.
  3. I will say this... the man looks far more like a young Eduard Metz than he does Fritz Fromm. .
  4. I'm not talking about facial lines and creases. For example, the ears look nothing alike.
  5. I'm skeptical about this person being Fromm. While there are similarities in their facial features, I also see several dissimilarities.
  6. It's been discussed over and over and over again. The cheapened image of the Iron Cross awarded in massive numbers late in the War was the result of an effort to bolster troop-morale and rekindle loyalty to the Kaiser. This observation is nothing new. What I would like to see discussed is something that is never discussed. Why didn't the Prussians establish an alternative award? The 3rd Reich solved this problem by creating the War Merit Cross with Swords. The Iron Cross during WW2 thereby remained a true combattants' award. Consequently, it managed to maintain its prestige and sign
  7. Even though the photo was taken in Budapest, I do NOT believe this diplomat is Hungarian. Firstly, the writing is NOT Hungarian. It looks Serbian. And even the guy himself looks Serbian. Also, his Serbian consular frock-coat is loaded with high Serbian orders... White Eagle, Takovo, St. Sava. He is carrying a Serbian diplomatic sword with the royal Serbian coat-of-arms. He was probably a Serbian diplomat stationed in Budapest or just visiting Budapest when he decided to have his picture taken. Personally, I would post this picture in the Southern European & Balkan States s
  8. This is a privately purchased Feldbluse M36 made out of fine italian gabardine for a reserve officer in the artillery. Gabardine was quite common for privately purchased uniforms in the 3rd Reich. The shoulderboards have a Waffenfarbe of artillery Hochrot with a light gray Unterlagen indicating a reserve officer. The caduceus-devices indicate administrative personnel. .
  9. Very interesting information, but I'm trying to understand its relevance to the question asked by drspeck or the ribbon bar he presented. One cannot conclude the bar's owner was necessarily a Czech or a Slovak, because thousands upon thousands of Czechs also served in the Wehrmacht, (including the Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, and the Waffen-SS) after being registered as German nationals and receiving Reich citizenship, according to Czech historian František Emmert in his book Češi ve Wehrmachtu. Many thousands of Czechs desiring to become "Gemanized" and shedding the classificatio
  10. Bayern, the uniform under discussion has the oak leaves (pictured above) mounted on NCO-braid. The man wears a black felt Hungarian Gendarmerie hat, has a "dangling-balls" lanyard, carries a M1890 gendarmerie carbine, and is equiped with a M1895 Hungarian Gendarmerie bayonet. This bayonet was issued exclusively to the Hungarian Gendarmerie and was used by them untill 1944. So if this man is a Förster, what is he doing dressed-up in gendarmerie attire carrying gendarmerie weapons? Simi.
  11. The first ribbon is Czechoslovakian. It is known as the Czechoslovakian Volunteer Combatants Cross of 1918 – 1919. The medal was awarded to the volunteer combatants who fought to protect the frontiers of the newly established Czechoslovakia during the period of 1918-19, mainly against the Hungarian Bolshevik forces of Bela Kun. So your man was most likely a Czechoslovakian who formerly served in the Austro-Hungarian Army. To see the Hungarian Commemorative Medal for Combattants of the Great War on this Czechoslovakian ribbon bar is both shocking and funny at the same time. T
  12. I want to follow-up on the strange collar-device that looks like an oak leaf with acorns as seen on the Hungarian Gendarm's collar tabs. I was perusing a Hungarian auction site and saw 2 sew-on devices for sale as "Unknown Badges" which are identical to the devices seen on the photo below. They are made of stamped sheet-metal. One appears to be silvered and the other is gilt. I have yet to find these devices in any reference books, but I suspect they are so obscure and rare, they are not known to most KuK collectors. However, based on the fact that the gendarme was photographed in
  13. The eagle's outstretched wings and his entire body surrounded by a large laurel wreath is not a typical design one sees in German eagles prior to 1918 unless you bring into consideration Prussian regimental flags featuring a Brandenburg-style eagle surrounded by a wreath. However, I also recognize the overall design of the eagle and wreath as one used by the veteran organizations of the Imperial German East-Asian Forces. These troops had to fight the Japanese and the British during WW1 in defense of Tsingtao. After the war, these veterans formed their own Kriegervereins in various Ger
  14. The Colonial Protection Forces Degen for Medical Officers and the Bavarian Degen for Medical Officers was used right up until 1918.
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