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  1. Some time ago I mentioned that I thought Cross collectors all to often seperate the crosses from "History" and concentrate too much on makers marks. This was a bit unfair to the cross collectors as just as often Document collectors seperate the documents from "History" and just go for nice print variations.... That can of course work to my advantage. i just picked these up on ebay for about what most dealers would charge for just the EK1 doc... It is not a great Print variation.... 2 pretty ugly docs..... but they are soooooooooo interesting... full of history.... there is just one thing after another that comes up when you reasearch the dude.... even just googling... Here is clue one..... he wrote his Regimenatl History... which I still have to get.... Can anyone find anything else?
  2. Folks.... watch this space. Within 3 days I hope to post the ultimate holy grail of fighting EKs... either that or a photo of myself crying and cursing... Either one will be worth the wait.... Just to get your anticip-p-p-p-p-pation up and running.....
  3. Rich Gordon sent me a couple of pics of one of these for the book, now I have found a different one.... I have to dig it out Richards Photo, but I think there was a different number above the "800" Does anyone know who made these?
  4. Hi, there was a website somewhere with the commanders of the units of the Alpenkorps... does anyone know where it was? I am guessing this is von Tutschek
  5. Just recieved these..... The EK 2 doc is a rough one... but superb. You can see it has a place to cross out some words... this means it can be used to make awards to active members of the schutztruppe, or to the ex soldiers who were living in GSWA and were pulled in to serve.
  6. I am hoping that some knowledgeable members here will offer an opinion on this cross which has been in my collection for over 35 years. It was purchased from a reputable dealer who had an outlet in Brighton Lanes back in the early-'80s. It was a tad over-priced being inscribed for a pilot of Jagdstaffel Boelcke but the significance of the recipient was in no way reflected in the asking price so I snapped it up. So far so good but a few years later, an illustration of another EKI bearing a similar inscription appeared on p140 of V.E. Bowen's Prussian and German Iron Cross (1986). This vaulted cross is held by the IWM in London along with its Godet case. I have long since theorised over what I may have here but would truly appreciate more knowledgeable and objective opinions. Thanks.
  7. If I remember correctly, K.A.G. is considered as unknown maker of Iron crosses. Browsing the web I found some references, that crosses marked K.A.G. were produced by company Franz Kühmayer A.G. in Poszony (today Bratislava, Slovakia). They were ordered by Königliche Eisenbahn Zentralamt and started being delivered since April 1917. I am posting the link to one of the sources in German. Author of the post with this info (Thorsten) is claiming he will show the evidence in his book "Eisernes Kreuz 1. class version 1914". Post is from 2012, so the book should be out now, Does anybody know this book? http://feldgrau.pytalhost.com/vbulletin/archive/index.php/t-28885.html
  8. Although we like to think of the winners of our awards as pure, brave and guys we would like to have a beer with... Truth is, there are tens of thousands of shites in there amongst them. It also gets on my goat with this "cult of the veteran" ... so often on our forums people pull out the "I am a veteran, so respect my feelings/accept my views/treat me as a hero" card... Statistically there are probably MORE a-Holes amongst the veterans out there than there are in the general population, because being a Vet encourages many people to tell B.S. exaggerated stories about their time in the army that noone really wants to hear... and all the civvies sit there saying "does this A-hole think anyone is interested in this!?!?!?!" Soooooooo.... without further ado.... let me, without any respect to the vet in question, present a small group to a loathsome toady, nazi basterd, lower than pond scum winner of the EK.
  9. I want to share with you my first mostly Imperial medal bar, fresh in. I am guessing that this bar belonged to a combat medic, NCO. I do have one question(as always), what was the criteria for award of the Red Cross medal? For me being a medic myself, medical/noncombattant medals and uniforms are most desireable. I feel a certain kinship to these people who were often in the line of fire, not to kill or take an objective but to aid those who have fallen often times on both sides of the fight. Regards Paul
  10. Can you tell me something about this EK1?? Thanks Miguel
  11. I was at the Kassel show yesterday.... walking around... a bit blaze.... Nothing really excited me. Looked at lots of stuff... yawn..... Long trip for nothing... But then... I saw an Alpenkorps EK2 doc... From the signature I could see it was a Bavarian Leib Regiment doc, really early, december 1914... not bad condition... but still... EUR250 ! In a really good day I would have considered about EUR125... After a bit of teeth gnashing and realising noone would come down from ERU250 to EUR125 I began to wonder how the guy had come up with the high price? And why was the doc still there? Then I thought, maybe there is something else in there and I flipped the plastic sheet over... nope, a doc to another guy... So I looked down the slit in the top and saw.."aaah... there is another doc..." and I slipped my fingers in, and felt around... and pulled it out..... and what did I find???????
  12. I really believe it is a case of "Each to his own" when it comes to collecting. Every collector has the right to decide what turns his particular crank and collecting EKs according to maker mark is just as valid as collecting award documents according to battle. What often suprises me howeve... is how very few people actually collect iron cross documents from WW1. They are not those (yawn) boring WW2 ones that all look alike.... they come in all hapes and colors, many print variations, provide endless opportunity for research..... they ARE a central part of the EK theme.... but dont attract neary as many collectors as the crosses themselves. Is it because of the language barrier? There must be SOME reason why paper leaves so many colletors cold.
  13. Recently bought this Meybauer cross, marked 900 with catch replaced. Unfortunately with some loss of the paint. How big is the chance the wappen is under the catch plate? Think they were mostly placed in the middle and this is an unmarked example.
  14. Here is a telegram from Franz Mensch, sent from the hospital in Metz, excitedly informing his girl that he has been awarded the iron Cross 1st class. Its one of those great little add ons to Iron Cross document collecting. I do not yet have the regt history, but for a description of the actions and his EK1 doc... see here.. http://www.kaiserscross.com/41902/87801.html
  15. Hello, Ive this "Iron Cross" auf the fraight Submarine DEUTSCHLAND in my collection. It was made for mememorial of the first arrival in Baltimor USA 9. Juli 1918. Has somebody more informations of this Iron Cross? I found out, that maybe only 5 peaces came back to Germany. How many were made and how many do exist? Other informations are wellcome.
  16. Guys, From the weekend, not a fancy unit but I liked the design of the document. Jock
  17. Hi gents, I'm sorry if this has been discussed before, but could someone tell me if it's true or not that non-magnetic 1914 EKIIs were issued to the German navy, because of rust issues? I bought four EKIIs from a guy in Germany, very happy with three of them, but one was non-magnetic. I asked if I could return it and get a refund, as I thought it was fake, and this is the reply I received, via a translator program: "Hello, it does not concern a forgery, rather around a rarity. With the navy no iron core was used, rust danger. You can read up this in the technical literature. The best greeting." Is this true or have I been taken for a ride here? The amount of money is not a lot, less than 30 euros, but I'd like to know whether or not that is a plausable answer. Thanks!
  18. Hi, I would like to share my 2 piece EKI (Deschlersohn) and 3 piece EKII collection (2 of them are magnetic) and would like to receive your opinios please. Thanks. Demir EKI (Deschlersohn) 1870 EKII 1914 Magnetic (a)
  19. http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=35483 Above is the career. This is one of those double sided personalized documents. I am of the conviction that once one of these was sent, there was no lower office that would issue a "Besitzzeugnis" (Only exception we have seen to date on this was the 15th res J?g group a week or so ago, and that was just at divisional level) as in this case it would have been irrelevant. I consider this my "Highest level" EK document.... Am not sure who signed it...
  20. I've think I've seen this pattern/style before and (for some reason ) remember it as being a WW1 British made propaganda item. But I can't find this style in any of my Books ...could this pattern be a Fantasy item ...have any of you run into these before ?
  21. Ages ago I copied a bunch of pics from somewhere... I think it was a forum... Does anyone know whose crosses they are? They are all on the sam rainted surface....
  22. http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIt...y0%3D%26fvi%3D1 This looked really interesting and off the wall... What a pity it is a dud... :-( Is anyone aware of ANY Togo EKs being awarded?
  23. In light of public interest and a new book that is "in the works", I've decided that it's time to include Imperial EKs to the stats department in more detail. The main focus of this thread are the 1914EK1s, allthough you are more than welcome to add 1870s pieces too. 1813EKs aren't included for the simply reason that they did not have any makermarks (at least at the time of awarding) nor did they have makers that are known today and that could be traced to a manufacturer. So once again, I'm asking for your support and endurance. Oh and there is just one other thing, there is a similar stats thread going on in WAF, so try not make any double posts. So you're going to have to make a choise and stick with it as I've made. I'll post my EK1s here and EK2s there. Thank you in advance. Remember that all EKs are magnetic pinpacks by default. Here is my one and only tribute to this thread: "WS" 1 cased
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