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  1. Hello!

    I.1 = Bayerisches Garnisons-Bataillon Nr.1 (bavarian garrison-bataillon N° 1) of the first bavarian army corps.

    Formed June 4, 1915 in Munich. Placed in Rosenheim, used as border and railway protection.

    The soldiers normally were "garnisonsverwendungsfähig" (usable in garrison) and not "kriegsverwendungsfähig" (usable at war), that means, they were not able to fight at the front, but only serving in the garrison. They also served in POW camps.

    Note, this man has a Mosin-Nagant M1891 rifle!


  2. Hello Claudio!

    In the ranklist of honour I´ve found a Major a.D. Graf v. Normann-Ehrenfels from Gren.Rgt.119. His last duty in the war was in Bekleidungsamt XIII.AK (Clothng office XIII.Army Corps)

    He became reactivated by the outbreak of war.

    Last peace-time entry in ranklist 1913 as Hauptmann in Gren.Rgt.119 (2nd company).

    Medal: Ritterkreuz 1.class of "Hausorden der Wachsamkeit oder vom weißen Falken"

    Hauptmann: 20.4.10

    But I don´ t know if he is it, because I couldn´t find any infos about the medals you mentioned...

  3. Hello!

    Great photo! I agree with Dave´s "translation".

    Here is a bad-quality-photo from my collection. Note the Sturmabteilung cap-bands!

    The writer wears my last-name...

    Feldpost 837 belonged to the 1st Naval Division.

    I found a Paul Bauer (Marine-Grenadier) in the casualty lists, but I don´t know, if it could be him...


    The "Sturmabteilung des Marinekorps" was set-up in mid-1918 by "Generalkommando des Marinekorps Brügge".

    So I´m alittle bit puzzled, that your photo is dated summer/autumn 1917!

    Probably in that time the unit was stil not budgetary.

    Actions 1918: Coastal protection and battles in Flanders.

    Sturmabteilung Marinekorps (1).jpg

    Sturmabteilung Marinekorps (2).jpg

  4. Hello Paul!

    The awards in #2 are:

    1st cross: Commander Cross of Guelphen-Medal (2nd class - he later recieved 1st class)

    2nd cross: Ernst-August Cross

    R.St.A.2. (B.):  Russian St. Anna Medal with brilliants

    O.H.2.*: Oldenburger House and distinguished medal Commanders Cross 1.class

    B.H.L.2.*: Braunschweigischer Medal Heinrich des Löwen, Commanders Cross 1.Kl.

    P.R.A.2: Prussian Red Eagle medal Commander 1.class

    O.E.K.3.: Austrian medal of the iron crown, 3.class

    H.D.L.3.: Hesse Ludewig medal 3. class

    P.J.: Prussian Johanniter medal

    E.W.M.: Great-Britain Waterloo medal

    M.K.: Mecklenburg-Schwerin Military distinguished cross

    (Chief of general staff)

  5. Hello Albert!

    That´s absolutley right!

    The two captured Whippets first came to Charleroi to get restored. One of them (A249) was send to Berlin while the other stayed in Charleroi.

    A249 was seen with Abteilung 12 near Briey in August 1918 before sending to Berlin.

    The other one, A220 was given to Abteilung 13 in September 1918. This was the tank, used bei the Freikorps unit in 1919

    Source: Beute-Tanks vol. 2 by Rainer Strasheim

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