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  1. Today I came across some Iron Cross paperwork I thought I’d put away in a secret place never to be found again but luckily my searching skills are far better than my memory. The first one is for Pionier Pook of Minenwerfer Komp. 50. As the award certificate is dated 3/8/17 im Felde does it mean that that's the date he did his deed to receive the EKII or is it just the date of receipt? Does anyone know where Pioneer Ernst Pook and his crew may have been in July/August 1917? He also received a wound badge in black but without his Soldbuch I’ll probably never know where or when he was wounded. Tony
  2. Took a long time to find one of these!! Signed just before the Battalion left the Vogesen for Romania. Unfortunately not Rommels company... but I like it...
  3. Does anyone have any opinions on this cross? Real? Fake? What say you gentlemen?
  4. A photo of him sent to "My dear wife on outh 6th anniversary- From Flanders"
  5. Please check out this ebay auction------ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/German1914-Iron-Cross-2nd-class-/181292163493?pt=UK_Collectables_Militaria_LE&hash=item2a35dae1a5 Looking at these crosses, they all appear to have the same very skiiny "W" and all seem to have the same forced looking patina and the same amount of frame wear. Without seeing a good picture or holding one in hand, it's impossible to say for sure but the look of these crosses plus the fact that this dealer is known for selling a lot of fake crap gives me reason to really doubt these crosses. I welcome more opinions.
  6. This is a nice early shot, I assume from the I.R. 85.... I just cannot read his name correctly... I am assuming his sister is Fräulein and not Frau? I read Frl. ? Of course, my question is is anyone can put two and two tgether and get a name from the Pics provided... It is the earliest Non Officer EK1 Pic I have...
  7. In my quest to get an EK doc for each Infantry Regiment I still have a long way to go... i dont think I will be able to do it... but there are sometimes intersting things to see for awards within a division.... Here is one to Hauptmann d. R. Münch, his EK1 for Flanders, I.R. 467
  8. Photo taken in Mainz, Pretty young looking recipient! Scarce for a Gefreiter
  9. a brooch or just an accessory for a between the wars follower of fashion? I've always thought of it as being a tie pin. Tony
  10. I have had this cross for some time and it is the best one I own quality wise. I'm not really an EK collector and only have 40 or so anyways. But I always wondered why the maker didn't mark his work.
  11. Hi, this one has a very skinny "W"... anyone know who made it? There are some scratches on the ring, but I cannot read anything out of them, I think they are just scratches
  12. Does anyone have any Beer Mugs with an Iron Cross theme?
  13. Someone know of the rarity of EKIIs made by Wilm of Berlin? First one I've seen. Ed
  14. Here’s a silver spoon I bought years ago, I say silver however, it’s only low content 800 silver. The top shows the Iron Cross 1914 with the wording – I was born in the iron year of 1915 – or words to that effect. The other side has the date 26/7/14 engraved, perhaps the parents married on that date, perhaps the engraver got the year wrong, we’ll never know. It’s a rather large spoon for a child though, not as large as a standard German spoon from that period but it is the size of a modern dessert spoon. If any of you have the knife and fork to this set please ‘give’ them to me. Tony
  15. ... where it stops... nobody knows.... !!!!! http://www.ebay.de/itm/Eisernes-Kreuz-1-1914-/321270352619?pt=Militaria&hash=item4acd348aeb
  16. Just picked up this rather cool set of EK1 and EK2 docs to Oberleutnant Eugen von Wulffen of the I.R. 97 :-)
  17. Another theory that I have developed over the years.... There are exceptions,that may be explained... My theory was/is... the awards for infantry Regiments were initially approved at Korps level, but some time in 1916 the responsability was transfered to Divisional level. This is based on viewing hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of documents. There are obvious exceptions that had been bugging me... the 4th ersatz Division awarded from the start of the war... but as I found out this week, the 4th "reinforced" division was actually a Korps. There are also some Korps that were awarding in 1917 and 1918... My theory, based on nothing concrete, is that when the standard Korps System gave way to the more flexible Generalkommando z.b.V., the transfer of divivions became more frequent than with the older Fixed Korps structure, and the passing up of proposals from Comapny, battalion, Regt, Div, Korps was no longer practcle, especially if a division changed sectors and was under a different command... so the responsabilty was passed down to Divisioanl commanders? Any thoughts?
  18. Hi All, I recently acquired a fine 1914 Iron Cross 2nd from the grand-daughter of the recipient. I have the soldier's name, region where he was from and what his family business was, but no information about unit, service, etc. He survived the war and immigrated to the US where he became an attorney. Is there any way to research a Great War German soldier by name and region of residence? Thanks for any input... Regards, M~
  19. Over the years I have heard (and used) all possible variations Patents, Award documents, award certificates, Formal award document, preliminary award documents, Ausweis, .... but basically, it is always the same thing, a piece of paper confirming the Soldier recieved the Iron Cross. Maybe in 1870 there were patent for officer, and Besitzeugnis for ORs... but in 14-18 there was no difference. The decree by the Kaiser in 1918 that any document issued by an authority confirming the award should be seen as the final Besitzzeugnis (realising that unlike 1870 there was not going to be anyone issuing nice documents) basically gives the same status to an elabrorately printed document from the Alpenkorps and to a Soldbuch sized hand written page confirming the award. According to the Kaiser, both of these should be considered the besitzzeugnis... I have been looking for a phrase that "does it" for me... I have heard all the arguments over the years "THAT is not a certificate, that is a document"... "That is a preliminary award document, its worth less than a formal one...".... enough! Over the years we have been trying to cram round English pegs into square german holes when it comes to finding English equivalents for German names. I am tending towards using "Proof of Entitlement" for Besitzzeugnis... (and dropping everything else, other than the informal catchall of "doc" or "award doc") My reasoning is... the Besitzzeugnis is a written proof that the soldier is entitled to have/wear the iron cross... and the kaiser gave all documents this status in his decree.... ergo... all documents issued are a Besitzzeugnis. What do you guys think?
  20. Sometimes little Gems lay on major dealers sights and are simply not seen.... Leutnant Rudolf Rober Scmidt of the reserve Pionier Kompagnie 44 recieved the EK1 on the 8th Of march 1918. With it is an Abschrift of the daily orders of the Gruppe Loos, on it the Stosstrupp Unternehmung (7th of March) of the RIR208, along with members of the Res Pionier Komp 44 are mentioned. A nice little find indeed :-)
  21. Has anyone noticed or questioned a few EKII on Ebay, although marked and authentic, the almost pristine condition of the core black when the silver bead outline rather worn?
  22. I have never had the book focussing on his collection.... but who was he? Did he serve in WW1? Thanks Chris
  23. The nurses Elfriede Scherhaus and Frieda Gessert, assigned to an Infanterie Regiment fighting on the Eastern Front, have received for their courage the iron cross second class on the black/white ribbon in November 1914. from: Die Ritter des eisernen Kreuzes; page 54 Regards, Hardy
  24. This is quite an interesting variation... I have lots of documents with colour, but none in Gold coloured print....
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