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  1. I believe they changed to darker-colored uniforms shortly after this picture was taken when they realized how ineffective this uniform would be on the battlefield. Also, a fine example of the different ways to get different state awards. Prussian Army, so the Iron Cross. Native of Baden, so the Zähringen Lion. Served in a regiment whose Chef or Inhaber was a sovereign, so the awards of that sovereign, in this case Mecklenburg-Schwerin. According to his marriage certificate, he was a Reichsbankoberinspektor in Frankfurt an der Oder in 1928. His father was a Sergeant in Pionier-Ba
  2. I don't have anything further on the cause of death, but for clarity's sake I would note that his surname was "Capler von Oedheim genannt Bautz", with the title of Freiherr, so any index will have him under "C".
  3. No dynastic or regimental connection. However, as mentioned in other threads, there are numerous ways for seemingly random pairings to happen. I know of several hundred awards of the MMV2 to men of all ranks in Grand Ducal Hessian regiments just from those that were published from 1914 to 1917 in the Regierungsblatt, which are only a fraction of total MMV awards. These were typically Mecklenburg natives in those regiments. You also have Hessians in Mecklenburg units, and Hessians in the navy who may have received Mecklenburg awards. One curious case is this: on 10 January 1915, 20 office
  4. Alfred Wilhelm Koyemann was born on 15 October 1895 in Hamburg and died in 1950 in Travemünde. He was promoted to Dr.jur et rer.pol. by the University of Würzburg in 1920, and was a banker in Hamburg from the 1920s to his death. He entered service in Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 9 and was promoted to Leutnant der Reserve (II Hamburg) on 5.4.1916. According to the battalion history, he received the EK2 on 8.12.1915 and the Hamburg Hanseatenkreuz in 1916. He was wounded in 1915 as a Vizefeldwebel der Reserve. His brother was KIA in 1916 as a Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier in IR 162.
  5. Willi Brumm's Todesanzeige in the Nachrichtenblatt of the Bund IR 24. Brumm, Alfred Otto Willi, * 6.3.1887 in Steinfurth, Oberbarnim, † 26.11.1935 in Neuruppin Brumm was promoted on 3.10.14 to Lt.d.R. (Ruppin) in IR 24, and served in the field with IR 189. IR 189 was a Brandenburg regiment formed in May 1915 with companies from several regular Brandenburg regiments, including IR 24; 10./IR 189 was formerly 6./IR 24 and 11./IR 189 was formerly 11./IR 24. Brumm was a Volksschullehrer in Herzberg, Ruppin. He also had the Austro-Hungarian Militärverdienstkreuz 3.Klasse mit der Kri
  6. You have the DA and the Centenary backward. The DA was a decoration and ranked ahead of the campaign and commemorative medals. The Centenary ranked after the campaign medals. As Rick used to remind us, the yellow ribbon of the Centenary often appears dark in black & white photos. Regarding the SWA Denkmünze, since he does not have a combatant decoration for that conflict, I would guess he was at home and his medal is in Stahl, but I can't say for certain. Michelsen received the Leopold-Orden, Ritterkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration, in 1916. I am pretty sure that is the l
  7. Ernst Theodor Arnold was born on *4.9.1888 in Lorsch, Bensheim and died on 31.5.1978 in Darmstadt. He was a Dipl.-Ing. and Fabrikant in Bensheim, later Direktor of the Papierfabrik Euler AG. He already had the EK1 as of the 5 June 1915 issue of the Zentralblatt der Bauverwaltung. I am not sure what was the Kontrollbezirk for Bensheim, but the only Lts.d.R. Arnold I found for Darmstadt, Worms and Erbach were: • 8.8.14 Lt.d.R. (II Darmstadt) d. LGIR 115 • 8.5.15 Lt.d.R. (I Darmstadt) in d. Fest.Masch.Gew.Abt. 9 d. Gouv. Straßburg • 22.8.16 Lt.d.R. (I Darmstadt) d. PB 25 The
  8. Adolf v. Berckefeldt was born on 4.1.1872 in Bothmer, Fallingbostel, and died on 4.8.1920 in Hörden bei Herzberg/Harz. He was serving in FAR 50 in 1902 when he received the Baden Regierungsjubiläumsmedaille. He was transferred to FAR 66 in 1903 and later to the Hauptkadettenanstalt. On 22.3.1914 he was transferred to FAR 7 and was promoted to Major on 19.8.1914. He received the Schaumburg-Lippe Kreuz für Treue Dienste on 21.6.1916 as commander of I./RFAR 13 and later commanded FAR 183. He had two sons and one daughter. His younger son Gerhard was killed in action in Russia 1941 as a Major
  9. Ideally, the line to indicate a double letter should be straight, while the line to indicate a "u" rather than a "ü" should be curved. Writers weren't always that careful, though. See, for example, the recommendation below. In the first few cases, such as "wurde", the "u" is similar to the double "n" of Wiedemann, although the writer got better toward the bottom.
  10. Hermann Eckle. The line over the last "n" is sometimes seen in German handwriting to indicate a double letter.
  11. This is from a Württemberg rank list, so the list begins with his decorations from that kingdom. The three icons at the beginning of the list are the Order of the Württemberg Crown (2c means the pinback Honor Cross), the Friedrich-Order (2b is the Commander's Cross), and the Württemberg Dienstehrenzeichen 1. Klasse, the officer's long service decoration. Also he added these decorations during the war: the Knight's Cross of the Württemberg Military Merit Order, the Commander's Cross with Swords of the Order of the Württemberg Crown, the Star and Swords to his Friedrich Order Commander's Cr
  12. This was true of a number of naval vessels "adopted" by various states, such as the SMS Hessen, SMS Oldenburg and SMS Prinzregent Luitpold.
  13. The replies above have identified the typical ways a Landesorden was awarded. Practice varied from state to state, especially with regard to which award one might get, and the criteria changed during the war. Braunschweig, for instance, initially only awarded the Kriegsverdienstkreuz on the blue-yellow ribbon if you served at the front or in the Kriegsschauplatz, with awards on the yellow-blue ribbon for merit on the homefront. Eventually, Braunschweig changed this to follow Prussia's practice, where military personnel in the Heimat could receive the Iron Cross on the black-white ribbon. So, e
  14. Lew Millett https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Millett
  15. A little update on Lt.d.R. Alwin Zirkler from Sturm-Bataillon Rohr, mentioned several times in this thread and whose EK1 document Chris has shown. Alwin Friedrich Wilhelm Zirkler was born on 23.2.1889 in Saarbrücken. He was a Gerichtsreferendar in Trier. As a Kriegsfreiwilliger, he served in the Artillerie-Munitions-Kolonne 3 des VIII.Armeekorps, and later came to Pionier-Ersatz-Bataillon Nr. 7 as an Unteroffizier der Reserve before coming to the 4. Pionier-Kompanie of Sturm-Bataillon Rohr. In 1916 he was a Vizefeldwebel der Reserve and was promoted on 5.12.1916 to Leutnant der Reserve (S
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