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  1. I have been collecting wartime German shoulder straps for nearly sixty years and have never seen a post-1907 enlisted version of this strap. That includes the M1907, the simplified M1907 (without piping and tongue) and the M1915. It's a rare thing.
  2. A very rare patch. Though it was unofficial, so were a lot of patches worn in the air and balloon services, where they got away with a lot more than other units.
  3. Super documents! That letter from the 4. Kavallerie-Division really fills things out. I did not know that type of thing was done. Of course, reports were made during and after the war, but printing them out and sending them to the participants is a new one on me.
  4. So is running around the battlefield with a canister of flammable liquid on your back!
  5. Wouldn't this be Prussian or some other state that used the Resedagrün band and piping?
  6. Chris, the blue Bavarian Litewka was replaced (by regulation) in March of 1916 by the Kleiner Rock. I'm sure, however, as this photo shows, that officer's with the former jackets did not pitch them. This guy is obviously in the homeland convalescing and has access to all of his uniforms. I would think that the gray Schirmmütze would have been worn with the blue Litewka at least up until the time of the change to the Kleiner Rock and quite possibly beyond.
  7. Shoulder straps of the Bavarian Garnisons Bataillonen looked like this...(in this case, K.B.III.A.K., 5.Komp.).
  8. You should let me take that nasty Prussian Jäger stuff off of your hands.
  9. I've seen several examples of this happening and I thought it might have something to do with the fact that Kurhessen troops wore Prussian heraldry and that Hessen was caught short of supplies during the expansion of the army in 1914/15.
  10. It depends. At least two popular free image posting services discontinued the free offering. So, all the links to the images on Photoshack and Photobucket were broken. I have heard just this week that one of these services might be restoring the free accounts, due to pressure from the community. I'm not sure if this will do anything in regard to restoring images on forums, however.
  11. Hi Chris,

    Do you mind saying which light box you purchased? Your pictures turned out well and I assume you are happy with it. I've researched these in the past, but have yet to pull the trigger.



  12. It has long been my thought that forces in the field that required new clothing issue items were supplied by whichever corps depot had the stocks on hand. Particularly convenient were the border corps that were the closest to the fighting. It doesn't make sense that every unit at the front had to be resupplied by its original corps Bekleidungsamt or a field depot representing each corps. I think that is one reason why we regularly see caps with corps markings that don't make sense with regard to the field unit. Of course, original issuing for recruits in the homeland would continue to be
  13. Hi Chris, Nice photos and quite a cross-section of Bavarian soft caps. If you don't mind me asking, what do you think the deal is with the Prussian Jäger Feldmütze and the Bavarian cockade? Chip
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