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Chris Dale

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  1. I'm very happy to announce that my new book 'Traditions of the Imperial German Infantry Regiments' is out on Amazon. This book takes a look into the histories of each of the two hundred and seventeen infantry regiments (and eighteen light infantry battalions) that made up the Imperial German army. We trace the regiments of 1914 back to their roots as the famous Potsdam giants, the Hessian mercenaries in America, the Bavarians who allied to Napoleon and the Prussians who arrived just in time to defeat him at Waterloo. Their histories are many and varied. Some of the earliest regiments h
  2. I would certainly be interested in such a book!
  3. Hi Chris, Yes, in 1905 there were five Fuhrpark Kolonne. However the 2nd, 3rd and 5th were titled "(Proviant-) Kolonnen-Abteilung" rather than (Fuhrpark-) Kolonnen-Abteilung as were the 1st and 4th- 1. (Fuhrpark-) Kolonnen-Abteilung 2. (Proviant-) Kolonnen-Abteilung 3. (Proviant-) Kolonnen-Abteilung 4. (Fuhrpark-) Kolonnen-Abteilung 5. (Proviant-) Kolonnen-Abteilung Perhaps the armourer didn't make that distinction? Perhaps the distinction was made after the bayonets were issued? Or perhaps as you suggested it has made the journey back from the Western Front
  4. Hi Chris, Yes, that of course is an outside possibility and I'm always up for devil's advocate arguments in general but FP5 seems a plausible marking to me for the reinforcements of 1904-05, and the S71/84 would seem a more practical and shorter bayonet than the S98 offered to the new frontline Schutztruppe units. ...and thank you for the compliment Bayern. But I admit it is not without faults. Cheers Chris
  5. I've just got back from a trip to Namibia. I spent week in the sun while the UK shivered but of course the you know the weather wasn't the real reason I was there. I was of course looking for DSWA remains. I found the expected Swakopmund museum, the Reiter memorial in Windhoek, a few artillery pieces at the Alte Fest etc etc. But one real surprise was in a seond hand shop in Swakopmund. Amongst all the usual brick-a-brack in a glass cabinet was a bayonet. I took a closer look- an S71/84 with unit markings! Isn't this then the oldest DSWA bayonet we've seen? I couldn't photograph it w
  6. According to Reinhard Schneider's "Die Kaiserliche Schutz und Polizeitruppe fuer Afrika". The 1904 DSWA reinforcements had S98 (Lange)- but their artillery and MG units had kS98. Then in 1909 all DSWA Schutztruppe were issued kS98. I think that ties in with what we see in collections, roughly? Cheers Chris
  7. " In the same way, it would be nice to read the three spange on the DSWA ribbon. One is almost common. Finding two is nice, but three is a real treat. " But notice the other (perhaps officer) next to him has four clasps on his!!!!
  8. Hello all, Here's a photo of two DSWA veterans taken in Wien late 1930s. Can anyone tell me the Herero Veteran on the left's second medal with single Spange? I see he has DSWA medal with several clasps and WII centernary after it. Any help appreciated. Cheers Chris
  9. I stumbled across the New Zealand Archives last night where they have digitised many of the German documents they captured on Samoa in 1914. There's an awful lot there to go through including service files on individuals, a file on military matters, loads of trading forms- https://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewRelatedEntities.do?code=6051&relatedEntity=Item But perhaps most interesting for us, a file on Medals and Orders. I'm midway through reading handwritten lists of all the overseas engagements that qualified for a Colonial Service Medal- https://www.archway.archives.govt.nz
  10. A friend of mine is selling a French 1859 Italian Campaign medal on ebay. Thought it might be of interest to some of you- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FRENCH-FRANCE-Napoleon-III-Military-silver-medal-of-the-1859-Italian-Campaign/332123456992 Cheers Chris
  11. Thanks for rekindling this thread Fross, nice addition! Cheers Chris
  12. In old B&W photos the yellow of a the Kaiser Wilhelm Centenary medal ribbon usually appears very dark. The medal itself is also noticably large. I think these guys are wearing the China medal and that its stripes cannot be seen in this slightly blurred picture. Here's a photo from the P Klein collection of an East Asian Bugler with the Centenary medal. Cheers Chris
  13. This bayonet is very interesting as it has previous Saxon army markings. Note the spine marked King Albert of Saxony rather than Wilhelm II of Prussia as is usually seen on colonial bayonets... Cheers Chris
  14. The identifying factor is that they are all E&F Hörster 1913 wooden gripped kS98 bayonets. I think this batch were all for colonial issue. Has anyone seen one for home army use? Cheers Chris
  15. It may be that some of the Hoerster 1913 unmarked bayonets went to DOA but the Imperial War Museum had one on display with an old handwritten tag saying that it was captured in DSWA. Cheers Chris
  16. Hi Claudio, Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it. Of course the medals section of the site owes a great debt to the members here! Cheers Chris
  17. Thanks for posting those photos Claudio. You've reminded me that I need to go back again! Here's some of my photos from the museum- http://s400910952.websitehome.co.uk/germancolonialuniforms/militaria/ingolstadt.htm Cheers Chris
  18. I've added a page on my website about the uniforms worn during Hentig's Mission to Afghanistan- http://s400910952.websitehome.co.uk/germancolonialuniforms/afghan%20mission.htm You'll find some clearer photos of Hentig and the rest of the mission there. Perhaps someone can identify some of Hentig's medals from those photos? Cheers Chris
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