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  1. Nice examples shown so far Here's one from my own collection: these are the Kleinmann bars; the short one must have been one of his first bars and the double row set probably the last from ww2. Now we add in some photo's (cropped and zoomed in): these are some of the iterations he went through, starting with ribbons through a buttonhole and later changing to ribbon bars. Since there also is a 4 place ribbon bar with foreign awards -the one in the photo only shows German awards- somewhere in between the iterations he changed ribbon bars and only later combined his German and foreign awards into a longer bar. If there is an interest in the full photo's I can post these, and his other ww1 photo's (10 in total), in this or another thread. Best. Peter PS the longest Georg Veit bar is in my collection, but it's o.k. to show 👍
  2. His career from the Oocities website (link) Entered Army Service (01 Apr 1893) One Year Volunteer in the 132nd Infantry-Regiment (01 Apr 1893-01 Apr 1894) Fahnenjunker in the 132nd Infantry-Regiment (01 Apr 1894-01 Oct 1897) Battalion-Adjutant in the 132nd Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1897-01 Oct 1900) Court-Officer in the 132nd Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1900-19 Jun 1909) Detached to the War Academy (01 Oct 1903-00 Jul 1906) Detached to the Grand General Staff (22 Mar 1907-01 Oct 1908) Hauptmann in the 171st Infantry-Regiment (19 Jun 1909-17 Sep 1909) Company-Chief in the 171st Infantry-Regiment (17 Sep 1909-01 Oct 1913) Detached to the Grand General Staff (19 Jul 1913-15 Aug 1913) Assigned to the Grand General Staff and Detached to the General-Staff of the I. Army-Corps as Abwehr-Officer (01 Oct 1913-00 Aug 1914) Abwehr-Officer in the General-Staff of the 8th Army (00 Aug 1914-00 May 1915) Abwehr-Officer with the General-Staff of the Commander-in-Chief East (00 May 1915-00 Jan 1917) Abwehr-Officer with the Staff of the Chief of the General Staff of the Field-Army (00 Jan 1917-01 Oct 1919) In the RWM (01 Oct 1919-01 Apr 1927) Director of the Defence-Department (Abwehr-Abteilung) in the RWM (01 Apr 1927-30 Jun 1927) Retired (30 Jun 1927) Placed to Disposal (Army) (26 Aug 1939) In OKW/Office for Foreign Defence (Auslands-Abwehr) (26 Aug 1939-31 May 1943) Retired (31 May 1943)
  3. Dear all, Please see the attachments. These bars were sold first in a larger group and later auctioned separate over a period of time and I was able to reunite 2 of them. These are the ribbon bars to Feodor Bernd Grohe (1872-1948). I believe he was Oberstleutnant. These ribbon bars date to 1939 or after based on the West Wall medal on the last place. He is listed on page 278 of the Prussian Rankliste of 1914 with the 5th Badisches Infanterie Regiment Nr. 113. His listed decorations are: BZ3bmE - Baden Zahringer Lion 3rd class with oakleaves (mit Eichenlaub) BrH4 - Brunswick Order of Henry the Lion 4th class HSH3b - Saxe-Ernestine house order 3rd class I can't find him back in the 1925 Reichsheer Rank list. Does anyone have more information on him? Also a ribbon bar question: the Rank list shows him with the Zahringer lion with the oakleaves in 1914. Looking at the ribbon bars he appears to have received the Zahringer Lion twice, adding one with swords probably during the war. Should he not have had the oakleaves on the second Zahringer Lion ribbon? So the first ribbon with the swords and the second with the oakleaves? Any information is much appreciated. Best, Peter
  4. That's a very low number, thanks for the information Do you also have the numbers for the other classes? I reckon that unless some photographic or other evidence is going to surface we will never know who it belonged to....
  5. I can help you with some words more or less, hopefully others can add and/or correct me: [a firstname] Stier(?) Schütze seit dem 9/12/18. Dem [..] Truppenteil und [..] [..] am 31/3/20 im [..] und dem Reichswehrdienst(?) [..] [..] entlassen [..] [..] Stockach im Baden-Württemberg [a firstname] Stier(?) ist beschäftigt(?) beim Reichswehrabteilung(?) [..] im [..] [..] Dirigent(?) zeit [..] in der Reichswehrabteilung(?) [..] unterstützt und für gesund(heit)(?) [..] Mark 50 [..] und Mark 550 [..] 1 [..] mitgenommen(?) Infolge Heeresverminderung entlassen. Vereidigt 6/11/19 [..] [..] Frankfurt am Main [..] Müller Hauptmann und Kompanie Führer
  6. Thanks That full medal bar would be the icing on the cake 🙂 I'm keeping my eyes peeled
  7. Dear all, please see the attachments. I received this ribbon bar as part of a larger lot of ribbon bars and miniatures. I bought the lot because of a German bar, this British piece was for me a bonus of sorts. Since British military is not my main area of interest I struggled at first to identify the first 2 ribbons, but I think I have found what these are. My hypothesis is that the first 2 ribbons represent the Order of the Star of India and the order of the Indian Empire. I cannot find any other British medals and/or orders with a similar ribbon to the Star of India. Can anyone confirm? Also, if we are talking about the order of the Star of India, how many recipienst are we talking about? I cannot find much information on the numbers. I'm also missing the victory medal so my best guess is this is the first row of at least 2 rows... Best. Peter
  8. 1. Reihe von links nach rechts Kriegsgerichts[...] [...] Brück, Hauptmann Berghofer, Professor Lambinon (?), Major Hörl Frau Hardt zur Nieden, [...] Köberle, [...] Grams, Hauptmann Bergmann 2. Reihe Leutnant Berger, ich, Renz, Oberleutnant [...], Hauptmann [...], Rittmeister Graf Seyssel, Oberstabsarzt [...] Rundich (?), Leutnant Pabst, Leutnant [...], [...] [...] Zimmermann, Rittmeister Röckl Hopefully others can do some corrections and fill in the blanks and question marks. Best. Peter
  9. Dear all, I just found a bigger brother bar to the bar that has been originally posted in this thread, please see the photo's. I received the bar today. This bar took me more than 6 month's to acquire, a relieve it finally arrived. If it wasn't for this thread I would never have thought this was a viable and original combination so kudo's to the original poster I've also dug up and added Veit's entry in the 1914 rank list. Amazingly he is already listed with having received 12 awards by 1914 🙀
  10. Thanks for taking the time I'm short on the correct books, but I'm also keeping my eyes peeled for a copy of that book, I think the Roth's book should also be better available than the Ophaus one...
  11. The cross is marked "W" and 835 on the lowest arm of the cross. Here's also an image of the back of the bar.
  12. Hi Chris, no name unfortunately. I've been looking for a while for a copy of the 1936 book by Franz Josef Ophaus about the Prussian gold MMC to find out more but have so far not been able to find a copy.
  13. Does this qualify? Only ww1 bar I have by the way and showing this for the first time. Best. Peter
  14. My German is a bit rough and abbreviations are a pain but I'll give it a try. First lines on page 8a: Ist(?) uber erhaltung(?) van Waffen und Gerat am 2.11.44 belehrt worden Leutnant und Kompanie Fuhrer Translates to something like: has received instructions on how to use the weapon and equipment after having been presented with the weapon and equipment Lazarett page: Reserve-Lazarett Neuwied 23.Dez.1944 Res.Laz.Linz.a.Rh. Teillaz. [...] a.Rh. 30.Dez.1944 3rd and 4th lines are: Reserve Lazarett Linz am Rhein Teillazarett [...] am Rhein 30 december 1944 Page 8b: 5 [...] 2 [...] 1F. [...] 1 Gasplane m. Tasche [...]erhalten: Klappen m. [...], [...] 6.11.44 [...]probe: 22.9.44 Page 8b lists the equipment he got. The Gasplane mit Tasche is a gas cape and pouch. I'm not sure what "Klappen" are. Also, the rest of the writing eludes me. Mayby someone else can add to this.
  15. My 2 cents; I personally use a blacklight that is actually intended for banknotes, so it's not a very big lamp (only a couple of inches long) nor is it very strong. Since ribbon bars is one of my main areas of interest, a blacklight is a must for me, and something I use on a regular basis. I have learned that a smaller lamp is, for me, enough for the smaller objects like ribbon bars and insignia. What can help, from personal experience, is keeping something modern close by for reference. Even original ribbons can tend to light up when keeping the UV lamp too close, so having something modern close by for reference, like modern bed sheets, can really make you see the difference between something modern and original. It also helps to practice
  16. Dear Utku, The medals I have are actually items I bought because I like them. There has not gone much strategy into buying them 🙂 Also personally, I am not a completeist, meaning, I do not care or crave to find every possible variant there is out there. Besides this, for me a lot of the fun also comes from the chase, to look for the items, the hunt at the auction, the anticipation of the wait, and like Gordon the fun in the research. There are off course collectors out there who try to find every variant possible, and that's totally fine. My point is, you will have to discover for yourself what you do and do not like. We can show you the yellow brick road and help you walk the road, but you will have to do the walking yourself. Best, Peter
  17. last 4 lines on first page: 23.3.43 |II| 1.3.43 Luftwaffe Lazarett ("Lw. Laz.") Berlin - Reinickendorf [...] 2629 | | [...] 23.3.43 |II| 5.3.43 [...] Fahrkolonne ("Fahrkol.") III [...] 15.?.43 |II| 12.7.43 Kriegslazarett 928 ("Krgslaz. 928") Nikolskoye Russland ("Russl.")
  18. Dear Utku, Welcome to the forum 🙂👍 You know that collections do not have to follow a pattern? Although I have a focus on particular items, there is a certain chaos in my collection to. I also love to pick up the items I like which do not necessarily fit my collection If your fun comes from picking up the pieces you like I can only advice you to buy the items you like and love. If you do want to specialise in a certain subject, might I suggest you to find any reference books on the subject matter to start with. I do not have any examples for you, but maybe other forum members know which books to look for? Best regards, Peter
  19. Gentlemen, I bear good news, I have found our man, and it was in the end thanks to the QSA. Some days ago I reached out to David Biggins, the owner of the Anglo Boer War forum. He was not only kindly enough to reply to my email but also send me the original listing of the auction of the full sized medal bar of Adolphus of Teck - please see attached. The listing gives the exact 6 QSA clasps which are also on the miniature medal bar. My first thought was, what are the odds of finding someone else, my second thought was, if there is a listing of the full sized medal bar, maybe somewhere in the recesses of the internet there may also be a past auction listing of the miniature medal bar to Adolphus... and that's what I found - please see the other attachment. Listing 801, catalogue no. 36, as sold by Morton and Eden in 2008. The original catalogue can be found on the Morton and Eden website under 'past auctions'. This off course still leaves us with the question, where is the Order of the Bath? Best, Peter
  20. Dear all, thank you all for the excellent additional information A late 1930's date sounds logical given the information as presented here and the fact that the bar does look like a German style bar. At least I now know what the first ribbon represents and how this curious combination of ribbons might have come to be I'll add a note with this information to the bar
  21. Many thanks that volunteer cross makes it an interesting combo 😇
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