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  1. I've never been to the Carpathians, but to me the Carpathian battle areas, even on the mountains, seemed to have more trees in the period WWI photos I've seen. So, I'll offer another possibility. Julian Alps - Isonzo Front. I've climbed several times the mountains near Kobarid/Caparetto and Mt. Krn. Actually, went up Mt. Krn on 11 Nov 2004 in the snow. The valley we started in looked exactly like those in these photos as did the peaks. The Julians are just south of the Carnic Alps - now the border of Slovenia/Italy - and they are generally more rounded - although there are some jagge
  2. From my perspective, only the three with medals are veterans - medals, white rosetta, and age appearance. The rest, especially the ones in the front appear a bit young to be veterans; unless, of course, they were late war entrants and this is an photo taken shortly after the war. If that is the case, perhaps, they were ground crew and never were in a position to earn a medal. Could this be a flying association or club, perhaps even a school, where an enthusiasm for flying and emphasis on aviation dominated? The veterans could be mentors or professors. And the remainder are members/stu
  3. As I'm not from a Commonwealth country - nor Belgium nor France - where the poppy tradition seems to dwell, I hesitate to comment. There was a time in the U.S. when poppies were much more prolific, but the idea seemed to migrate from Veterans Day to Memorial Day. I do recall as a member of the Civil Air Patrol in my young teens participating in a poppy appeal drive. However, I can't remember if it was November or May. Nevertheless, my comment is this: at least they are wearing poppies. Well, maybe the farmer took it a bit far. As for protocol, perhaps these people never had the benefit
  4. The American Legion, a US veterans organization started after WWI, has an award program for Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at high schools and also for senior ROTC at colleges. This medal likely is a JROTC award at a high school based on the "American History and Civics Award" inscription on the reverse. I couldn't find this particular medal in a quick Google search; maybe it is obsolete, but I am not familiar at all with JROTC awards. While no image is included, the American History and Civics award is mentioned in this article: http://medallic.medalcraft.com/american-le
  5. Stimme zu! Und vorgiss nicht! Einige von uns Ausländer sprechen Deutsch auch - trotz Fehler! Platt ist sicher schwer aber nach ein paar Biere...es fliess besser! (Where the hell is my Duden?)
  6. I prefer the "battle" worn pieces to the pristine ones that may have spent their service in the arsenal rack. Precisely for the reasons you cite. We can never know where the piece was used, but it certainly provides an opportunity to ruminate over the possibilities. Thanks for sharing.
  7. It almost certainly would have been split. Great of the officer to send the letter/award doc to the family. Too bad they couldn't have the medal.
  8. Well done. The belt, pouch, and holster are what caught my eye, but I guess that didn't come with this group. Any interesting documents?
  9. Unfortunately, Kerlew, not mentioned in this useful article either. Like Johnny stated, history is not always clear...or complete. It's only what the historian chooses to write; unless you can find the primary source documents and make your own conclusions. US Navy World War I Johnny, I've assumed that a ship could be entitled to more than one clasp, but all the sources list only one awarded (like individual sailors). But have you read anywhere how the Navy decided which clasp to award? My guess is that it was the clasp for which the ship first qualified. Thoughts? Also, at
  10. One thing you might want to consider is some sort of focus. Colonial campaigns and WWI is quite broad. You could end up become a "hoarder" versus a "collector" without some sort of focus to narrow that span down some. For example, a particular regiment that you have some interest in; the Scottish regiments could be place to look since Scots have a history of serving the Swedish crown as mercenaries. Or at least a branch or corps, like infantry, artillery, or engineers. My focus for British medals is the Royal Artillery and Irish regiments. Of course, even that has expanded when an i
  11. From my short research, I have come across an official Navy publication that lists the following ships for the White Sea clasp: Des Moines (CL-17) - a cruiser Eagle No. 1, Eagle No. 2, Eagle No. 3 (patrol boats) Olympia (C-6) - actually a very famous cruiser. Admiral Dewey's flag ship for the Battle of Manila Bay, Spanish American War and she carried the remains of the Unknown Soldier of the First World War back to the United States. She is now a museum ship in Philadelphia. Edit: Found three more ships - Galveston, Chester, and Yankton Pittsburgh (aka Pennsylvania)
  12. Gebirgs Kannonen Batterie ... nice. Oh, and I have a Kunes in my family tree!
  13. Yea, and I see some Feld-Artillerie in there. Sleeping around again? EK1 to Fernsprech Abt. has to be unusual in itself, though, n'est-ce pas?
  14. You just keep rolling with this secret artillery fetish, don't you?
  15. All of the Anton Hoffmann cards are great. But of course, artillery is the best! I appreciate your words regarding researching your family. Perhaps focusing only on your grandfather's WWI service will help you get over the wall. Cheers!
  16. Yep, USS Washington became USS Seattle in 1916 so the name Washington could go to another battleship. But USS Seattle was on escort duty and would likely never have qualified for the White Sea bar. Of course, with the dates of 1908 and 1912, nothing says Weldon was on either of those ships for WWI and post-war Russia operations. I still like the pair.
  17. Tony, I am envious. It's priceless to have family mementos. There is a lot of opportunity for research.
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