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  1. Do you have an aviator by the name of Lt.d.R. Kurt Eichler in your files? He was put in for an award but the recommendation was forwarded to Gera on 17 November 1916. No further information on his unit(s) was in the files, just that he was with the Fliegertruppen.
  2. The correspondence between the officials in Greiz and Kagohl 4 was in the archives in Greiz. There is no roll, just a lot of correspondence on award recommendations and some receipts indicating awards made. The vast majority of awards of the Ehrenkreuz and -Medaille were made in Gera by Reuß j.L., since Reuß j.L. was twice the size of Reuß ä.L. and recommendations to anyone connected with IR 96 or its Tochterformationen went to Gera, where IR 96 was based. Unfortunately, most records in Gera were destroyed, and the rolls apparently lost. Gunnar, the correspondence was between 5.3.1917 and 23.6.1917. Nothing there about where he was in 1916 and the only award dates were for the Iron Cross. I assume you have his career path up to March 1916 from the Bavarian AFP 6 Kriegsrangliste?
  3. Wilhelm Schilbach is another aviator from Reuß ä.L., born 1 May 1890 in Greiz. He was commissioned a Lt.d.R. in Reserve-Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr. 1 on 5.12.1914 and was transferred to the Fliegertruppen in July 1915. He received the EK2 on 27.1.15, the EK1 on 28.8.16, and the REKä3X on 29.5.15. He also received the Ehrenbecher. Kagohl 4 put him in for the Ehrenkreuz in 1917, and Greiz replied that he already had it. Kagohl 4 said he never received it, so Greiz asked RJRzP 1 for information. Oberst v. Baerensprung, the commander of RJRzP 1, said Schilbach never received the cross, so Greiz sent him a new one. Kagohl 4 said by that time Schilbach had been transferred to Gruflieg 10, so they forwarded the cross and Greiz received a receipt from Schilbach in June 1917. Given his long history as a decorated aviator, it is possible he was awarded the Kriegsverdienstkreuz later in 1917 or 1918.
  4. Heinrich Jahn was an aviator who received the Kriegsverdienstkreuz, but in the Bavarian Army. He was born on 19 September 1892 in Greiz and was a medical student in Erlangen when the war started. He was an observer in FA A 221. Bavarian OLt.d.R. Johannes Semmel, born 3 April 1886 in Gera, was also an observer in various aviation units and received the Kriegsverdienstkreuz. Arthur Oertel was also a Reuß-born Bavarian observer, but as Matt mentions, no Reuß awards are shown in any of his Kriegsranglisten. I also know of a Luftschiffer from Reuß ä.L. with the RKVK, but they don't count as aviators for the Flieger-Erinnerungsabzeichen, and had their own Erinnerungsabzeichen.
  5. Ten officers and eight senior NCOs came from GGR 2 to RIR 15 on mobilization: Hptm. Kurt Frhr. v. Forstner, Chef 2./RIR 15, Kdr. I./RIR 15 Hptm. Heinrich v. Kathen, Chef 8./RIR 15 Hptm. Adolf v. Wedemeyer, Chef 6./RIR 15 Hptm. Julius Bock v. Wülfingen, Chef 3./RIR 15 Hptm.d.R. Georg-Henning v. Puttkamer, Chef 9./RIR 15 OLt. Erich v. Michaëlis, Chef 11./RIR 15 OLt. Kurt v. Briesen, Rgts.Adj. RIR 15 Lt. Kurt Bock v. Wülfingen, Adj. I./RIR 15, Rgts.Adj. RIR 15 Lt. Wilhelm Frhr. v. Wrangel, Adj. II./RIR 15 Lt.d.R. Wilhelm Wengeler, 6./RIR 15 Feldw. Knoch, Kastner, Siemer, Bergte, Watermann, Striehse, Hermges, Reschke RIR 15 also received officers from the reserve of IR 15 and IR 55 and from the Infanterie-Schießschule in Wünstorf, and a number of NCOs from GGR 4, as well as some Landwehr officers from the local recruiting area in Westphalia. The enlisted soldiers were mainly reservists called up from the IR 15 recruiting area. It seems a bit unusual for a "regular" reserve regiment to receive so much of its cadre from a Garde regiment. Other GGR 2 officers went to RIR 202 and to the 2.Garde-Ersatz-Regiment.
  6. No royals that I know of. Other breast devices worn by known GGR 2 officers I can think of, but again I don't know if any had fangs: (1) the Steckkreuz of the Johanniterorden; (2) the Erinnerungszeichen zur silbernen Hochzeit. Hasso v. Besser had the Erinnerungszeichen zur silbernen Hochzeit, He left service as an Oberleutnant a.D. in 1909 and was recalled on 5.8.1914 with V./LIR 76. On 1.11.1914, he was promoted to Hauptmann a.D., while commanded to LIR 56. He received the EK2 on 31.10.1914 and the MMV2 on 26.11.1914. As of May 1917, these were his only wartime awards. He might have received the EK1 after that point though. His prewar awards were the Centenary, ÖFJ4 and both the 1899 and 1908 Austrian Inhaber-Jubiläumsmedaillen (ÖIJM). There are a bunch of officers with the Johanniterorden. I am not sure how many you could narrow down, other than those with way too many prewar awards for the ribbon bar loops. One possibility is Joachim v. Goertzke. He was wounded and taken prisoner in September 1914, and the EK2 is the only known war decoration I have for him. Like Besser, his prewar awards were the Centenary, the ÖFJ4 and the two ÖIJMs.
  7. Hellmuth v. Hagen, * 26.6.1869 in Beßwitz, Pommern, † 10.12.1934 in Berlin-Lichterfelde, took command of II./RIR 202 in 1914. In addition to the decorations listed in the original post, he had the Centenary Medal, the 1908 Austrian Inhaber-Jubiläumsmedaille, the Austro-Hungarian Militärverdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration 3. Klasse, and as a decorated battalion commander presumably the EK1 and at minimum the EK2. Joachim v. Oertzen also had the Centenary Medal and the 1908 Austrian Inhaber-Jubiläumsmedaille. Since be was killed so early in the war, we can't say for certain if he had the EK2, but it is a possibility.
  8. If you have or can use a US-based internet proxy, the EK list is here: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015049878856&view=1up&seq=5
  9. BG Ted Mataxis. He was an infantry battalion commander in World War II, regimental commander in Korea and assistant and acting division commander in Vietnam. Not pictured was the award he called his "perfect attendance award", the Combat Infantryman's Badge with two stars. He also had close ties to South and Central Asia due to service as an observer on the India-Pakistan border and as a military advisor in Iran. We worked together in the late 1980s and 1990s on Afghan-related matters. He also wrote one of my OCS and one of my law school recommendations. His career path can be read here: https://www.soc.mil/ARSOF_History/articles/v11n1_eiche_mataxis.html Reagrding the NDSM, that was a common period error. Campaign stars were supposed to be worn, but OLCs are sometimes seen, and people are less likely to correct a general officer.
  10. Knabe, Gustav * 08.07.1897 in Wichmannsdorf †13.12.1972 in Bad Dürkheim Battalion and regimental commander in the Afrikakorps and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. An extensive bio by askropp and myself may be found here: https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=231661
  11. Klug, Heinrich Robert Friedrich Max *12.11.1885 in Röhrfeld, Posen A rarity among World War II retreads. Most were active Imperial officers or were war volunteers commissioned as Leutnants der Reserve during the war. Heinrich Klug was a pre-war Leutnant der Reserve in the reserve of Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 42, promoted to Oberleutnant der Reserve in 1916, and given the Charakter of Hauptmann der Reserve a.D. in 1922. 01.10.1936 als Hauptmann d.L. bei den Offiziere d.B des Heeres angestellt (Wehrbezirkskommando Hannover I) 01.02.1937 m.W.v. 01.11.1936 als Hauptmann (E) bei der Wehrersatzinspektion Hannover angestellt 01.06.1937 zum Wehrbezirkskommando Celle versetzt 01.01.1938 Major (E) 19.10.1942 kommandiert zum Wehrmeldeamt Uelzen zur Einarbeitung als Leiter 01.11.1942 zum Wehrmeldeamt Uelzen versetzt 01.11.1943 Oberstleutnant
  12. Klüg, Ernst Johannes Hermann * 10.6.1888 in Weiden, Oberpfalz, † 27.11.1944 in Nürnberg 01.09.1934 Major 01.10.1934 Kdr. I./Infanterie-Regiment Bayreuth (laut Stellenbesetzung) 15.10.1935 Kdr. I./Infanterie-Regiment 42 (laut Stellenbesetzung) 01.03.1937 Oberstleutnant 10.11.1938 Kdr. Maschinengewehrbataillon 47 (laut Stellenbesetzung) 01.03.1940 Oberst 26.08.1939 Kdr. Infanterie-Regiment 186 10.02.1942 Lazarett-Aufenthalt (Führer-Reserve Wehrkreis XIII) 08.09.1942 Kdr. Infanterie-Ersatz-Regiment 231 01.04.1943 m.d.W.d.G. des Wehrmacht-Kommandanten von Nürnberg beauftragt 01.07.1943 zum Wehrmacht-Kommandant von Nürnberg ernannt
  13. Klug, Emil *09.05.1892 in Würzburg, Bayern 01.07.1935 m.W.v. 01.04.1935 Hauptmann (E), Adjutant des Wehrbezirkskommandos Würzburg 01.04.1938 kommandiert z. OKW (Abwehr) 01.05.1938 kommandiert z. Stab des Generalkommandos des XIII.Armeekorps 01.06.1938 Major (E) 01.08.1938 in den Stab des Generalkommandos des XIII.Armeekorps versebtz 01.02.1939 in das OKW (Abw.Abt. II) versetzt 20.02.1941 kommandiert z. OKH/Chef H Rüst u. B.d.E./Wa A (Wa Z 6) 01.04.1941 in das OKH/Chef H Rüst u. B.d.E. versetzt als Kommandant des Tiergartenblocks 01.01.1942 Oberstleutnant 01.04.1942 zu den aktiven Truppenoffizieren übergeführt 01.11.1944 Oberst Although Bavarian-born, he was a Pionier officer in the Royal Saxon Army from 1910 to 1919.
  14. Here is a 1922 signature from his Personalakte:
  15. 01.07.1935 mit Wirkung von 01.05.1935 im Heer als Hauptmann (E) und Bearbeiter der Gruppe 2 im Stabe der 3. Kavallerie-Division angestellt 15.10.1935 in den Stab der 1. Panzerdivision versetzt 01.12.1936 in den Stab der 3. Panzerdivision versetzt 01.06.1939 Major (16, ab 30.9.41 Ord.Nr. 47) 01.04.1941 zu den aktiven Truppenoffiziere übergeführt 01.03.1942 Oberstleutnant (83) 01.02.1940 Referent in der Heerespersonalabteilung 2 des Heerespersonalamts 01.05.1940 Gruppenleiter in der Amtsgruppe P2 des Heerespersonalamts 27.12.1944 Führerreserve Wehrkreis III I don't know about Askropp's final entry ("01.01.1945 versetzt zum Wehrbezirkskommando Lübben"). It is not listed in his Dienstlaufbahn, and his 1.3.1945 Beurteilung, issued by Wehrbezirkskommando Cottbus, has him assigned there from 28.12.1944.
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