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  1. It's maybe from somewhere in the Baltic or former east Prussian region. Why are the crosses "Murdered by the SS" written in German? Is this in the DDR?
  2. Well, we must see that Russian helmet! Please!
  3. I notice how they identify the main beneficiary/mastermind of the imperial system as the British army corporal.
  4. Thank you for the presentation. I look at the regiment's known killed through the war and see that 1914's losses were followed by much lighter casualties in 1915-16-17, which then pick up again a bit in the 1918 offensives and Hundred Days. Still, the worst year from these partial data is nevertheless the short year of 1914.
  5. Not sure about your understanding of the Redl affair. From "Beyond Nationalism: A Social and Political History of the Habsburg Officer," by Istvan Deak, Professor of History, Columbia University. (Page 145) "On May 24, 1913, he was finally unmasked, thanks to the vigilance of the intelligence bureau of the German Great General Staff and of the Austrian state police. He killed himself that same night... The order for him to commit suicide actually marked the beginning of a lengthy attempt at obfuscation, in which both Conrad and the emperor were deeply involved. There ensued, neverthel
  6. Very much so. Makes a Serbian ranker instantly identifiable from pre-WW1 through WWII. But in fact the pattern came from Austria in the 1880s or '90s.
  7. Not necessarily reliable documentation, but I saw this on rootsweb: "Looking for information on my Great Grandfather. Served in the German Military. We were told by his son that he left the German Military due to being struck with a riding croup by the Kiser. Wondering if anyone knows of records of deserters or just those in the military." No doubt this fellow was a miserable varlet and deserved it, but which of the two meanings of croup might it have been? The croup that is a "hoarse, brassy cough," or the croup that is "a rump of a beast of burden, especially a horse."
  8. If I remember right, no NVA officers were to be accepted into the Bundeswehr. Career NCOs were acceptable on a trial basis. The West German general officer charged with organizing the transition wrote a book about it. I saw it in English. Things were happening very fast. The West Germans were conscious of what they wanted to happen, and that it might not be the exact same way as their NATO allies might suggest being done. This general seemed kind of bourgeouis. Always remarking on the protocol being observed, how many higher rank officials came to meet with him, and what the furniture
  9. The site has quotes that probably explain much: So they sent us in there. But the Aberdare Mountains or Hills they were called – they weren’t called Mountains – they rose to 12,000 feet. So you’d another 6,000 feet to go up to get over the top of them and this was very hard because it was difficult to breathe and you were carrying a wireless – everyone took their turn in carrying the wireless, you see. You’re carrying your rifle; your ammunition; your food, you know. So. It was very difficult to work at 10, 12,000 feet you know. And it was very cold at that height, even in Africa. And al
  10. The joke here is that none of the natives wear pants. They don't know what they are, or can't comprehend actually wearing them.
  11. Hold on, folks. This kind of look is traditional for the Spanish Foreign Legion, for at least decades now. The heavy tatoos might go back to pre-Civil War, I'm not sure. The open-to-the-sternum shirt is the norm since at least the 1970s. All that's new on this guerrero is the modern tatoo design, but not tatoos per se.
  12. The Irish Transvaal Brigade had lots of Irish-Americans in it from the goldfields.
  13. Look at Google Books for The New Army List Militia List and Indian Civil Service List 1880 Probably has everything about stations and commanders that you want.
  14. That's not Benjamin Franklin, but I believe his son, William. Staunch loyalist. Helped his dad in the kite thing. PS Old newspapers aren't really a museum concern, but a library's. Mostly solved by extensive microfilm recording, and often libraries prefer not to have to keep the originals because of their bulk and fragility. Some cheap papers 100 years old fall apart at the touch, while some good quality paper over 200 years old can still be leafed through.
  15. Some characters are quite Cyrillic, others are strange. They don't seem to make any Russian language sylables, much less words. Maybe something weird - like Hungarian written in Fraktur?
  16. I guess some Hungarian nobleman's personal costume.
  17. No, this uniform is from sometime between 1850 and 1870. There were no non-Sardinian units in that kingdom's armed forces by that time. For instance, see http://marksrussianmilitaryhistory.info/Sardinia1854.htm
  18. Not Sultan Süleymân I. The painting is of Suleiman the Magnificent, died 1566. Alexander II could have given a St. Andrew to any of the following sultans, none named Suleiman. Abdülmecid I TANZİMÂTÇI (The Strong Reformist or The Advocate of Reorganization) GHAZI (The Warrior) 1 July 1839 25 June 1861 Son of Mahmud II and Bezm-î-Âlem Vâlidā Sultân; Proclaimed the Hatt-ı Sharif (Imperial Edict) of Gülhane (Tanzimât Fermânı) that launched the Tanzimat period of reforms and reorganization on 3 Nov
  19. It looks so small, maybe an inch long. I think it might be a collar ornament, and perhaps late 19th century since a metal collar ornament is practically unknown for Napoleonic uniforms. For a cartridge pouch badge, I think it would have to be three times the size of yours.
  20. A query arose on a genealogical site regarding the indentification of these men. They are brothers from Holic in "Slovokia," said to be World War I. The uniforms are Austro-Hungarian, but the insignia are unfamiliar. Could they be early post-war Czech? What are the cap badges? The collar numbers are "4" for the man on the left and "301" (!) for the one on the right. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2012/post-4974-0-71054100-1342616077.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2012/post-4974-0-90324400-1342616089.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2012/post-4974-0-23794100-134261610
  21. Thank you for these many pictures. You do a great service by recording it all.
  22. I bought this photograph labeled as "New Guinea" and presumed it would be British, but lo and behold! Unless you have Thomas Morlang's book Askari und Fitafita you aren't likely to see many pictures of these types. I've posted this photo on my webpage at http://marksrussianmilitaryhistory.info/GermanPhotos/NewGuinea/NewGuinea.html (And no, I do not know why someone is in the water with his hat on. Prussian discipline, I suppose.)
  23. "...the Army List for 1815 is very explicit: Drummond was promoted Major on 18 June 1815 (presumably at the time of the battle itself?): " I do not know about the British army, but in some others it was usual for promotion for distinction at a battle to be backdated to that day, and subsequent army lists would show that date for purposes of seniority.
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