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  1. Hi everybody, I want to create a big database showing photos of officers with their knight cross with X of House Order of Hohenzollern. Here I want only photos, not the medal ribbon bars or what else. There is special topic for that : http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/20668-house-order-of-hohenzollern-info-needed/?hl=hohenzollern If you know that one officer has received the HHO3X but you don't have a photo of him showing this medal please don't post it. I want only photo of officers with their medals appears on medal, ribbon bars or on device on EK ribbon on the uniform. Thanks. Christophe
  2. I'm going to restore this bar. I think the missing orders are RAO3mS, KO3 and a Hohenzollern Honor Cross with Crown. Any chance one of the research gurus can ID this one?
  3. Hey Folks, how do you like this photo of an elder gentleman showing just a crown order 4th class on his chest, but for sure he looks as proud as one could be. Taken in Düsseldorf.
  4. Dear Forumites! First of I wanted already excuse to have used this beautiful photo from a website. This portrait shows a senior, to me not identified, German officer wearing an impressive medal bar and especially a beautiful Breast Star of the Tamara order, which this very one seems to be a very nice high quality piece (brilliantierter Bruststern). The medals on bar are IMHO the following: 1) Pr EK2 1914 2) Pr HHOX 3) Pr KO4X 4) Pr DA 25J 5) China Med mit 2 Gefechtsspangen 6) Pr Zentenar Med 7) Bay MVO4 Kr&X 8.) Würt KO RK mit X 9) Würt MVO RK (?) 10) Hessen Tapferkeitsmed (?) 11) Mecklenburg-Schwerin VK 2 Kl 12) Mecklenburg-Strelitz Kreuz Ausz im Kriege 2 Kl 13) Anhalt Friedrich-Kreuz 2 Kl 14) Lippe-Detmold KVK 2 Kl 15) Bremen Hanseatenkreuz 16) KuK Österreich-Ungarn, MVK 17) Osmanisches Reich, grosse Liakatmed (Gold oder Silber) 18) Osmanisches Reich, kleine Liakatmed (G/S ?) What do you think? Is it correct? Furthermore I would like to know the color of the insignia (Litzen) on the collar (silver with white Waffenfarbe?), shoulder boards (grey/silver, Waffenfarbe white?). Thank you very much for your inputs and interesting comments. cheers, Claudio
  5. This Imperial Navy bar - which came from a seller in Alabama - seems common, but in fact it is not. It is a navy officer's bar, for the "monkey dress" jacket, pre-1914. Red Eagle Order (4th cl probably), Crown Order (4th cl probably), China Medal, Centenary. (but NO LS award!) The combination seems common, but, ok assuming this is the last pre-war bar the wearer had, there is - surprisingly - only one candidate: char. Marine-Generalarzt Dr. Heinrich Schmidt (1871-1945) The combination of having NO long service award BUT still the 1897 Centenary medal AND the China Medal makes it ID'able. Dr. Heinrich Schmidt entered Navy service 1.10.1896 (so just in time to get the 1897 medal) Oberstabsarzt 27.3.1909 Generaloberarzt 24.5.1916 Char. Marine-Generalarzt 27.4.1921 Here is his entry in the 1918 ranklist, with wartime awards: He got PKO4 10.10.1901 as Marineoberassistenzarzt, Marinestation der Nordsee RAO4 9.5.1909 as Marineoberstabsarzt, SMS Zähringen But most important, his China medal is shown in the DOA 1908/09: The Navy Ehrenrangliste has his final rank: All other candidates either do not list a China medal or held a LS award. A particularly interesting case is Korvettenkapitän Hermann Buchholz, who holds the same awards as Schmidt in 1914 (without LS award) BUT his LS is listed in the 1918 RL. By chance, I found Schmidt's death date on the internet: He died at the military hospital Bad Nenndorf in 1945: Marine-General, Arzt a.D., Medizinalrat SCHMIDT, DR. MED. Heinrich 25.07.1871, Homburg v.d.Höhe 05.12.1945, Bad Nenndorf Link: http://www.denkmalprojekt.org/dkm_deutschland/bad_nenndorf_frdh_wk2_ns.htm
  6. I present to the forum the Ehrenritter cross of later Major General Bruno von Rudgisch. I bought it thinking it was bronze gilt as the seller confirmed there are no markings on the cross. When looking closely with a loop a "FR" can be seen engraved into the bottom of the cross. I had to use a loop to see it. Turns out this is a hollow gold version. Most likely the closest I will come to a PLM.
  7. Dear Forumites, I recently acquired a very nice Reserve's Pickelhaube with black eagle star and without Vaterlandsbandeau for Garde Kraftfahr-Bataillon (like also Garde-Pionier-Bataillon) of a subaltern officer apparently named Urtel (see inside the leather sweatband). It's a really nice untouched helmet in almost unused conditions. Since this surname "URTEL" is rather uncommon in Germany, maybe the research on this officer could be easier I thought. An entry of this officer can be found also in the Rangliste of 1913 on page 796. I also just found that a German auction house sold a document group of a driver with a signed original signature in his Militär-Führerschein of this elusive officer, then in 1915 commanding officer of Personenkraftwagenpark in Metz (back then still under German Empire in the Lorraine), see also picture of the group. Can somebody add anything interesting to this officer, like date of birth and death, first name/s and his later career if he had any? Thank you very much in advance for your most appreciated inputs and comments. Claudio
  8. I am trying to confirm this bar to Major aD Walter Seebohm of IR 167. The awards are: 1914 EK2 HOH3x WVK3 WVK4 SMK Hindenberg TR 25yr Faithful Service Everything on the bar, except the TR 25yr, confirms to Seebohm. I am trying to determine if he was in some type of civil service between the wars. Seebohm wrote the unit history for IR 167 and maybe there is a picture of him in it or maybe be provides some detail as to what he did from 1920-1932 when the book was written. I also think he had TR army service as I find an Oberst (E) by that name in 1939. Any help is appreciated.
  9. Shared courtesy of the Traveling Museum backlog from whilst I was offline. This Prussian Crown Order 2nd Class "with brilliants" was made, and awarded, in 1886.
  10. Gentlemen, This RAO 4. Kl. arrived with me this morning. I have taken a few photographs and would like to hear your opinion on it. I got a few opinions before buying it, all positive, and would now like to hear from all within the community. This is the first such cross I have owned with "glatte Arme". There are no maker marks and the cross came with a nice piece of original ribbon. Thank you Pierce
  11. Wilhelm II was made an officer in 1869, when he was 10 years old. He obviously did not actually serve in any military capacity but would he have been entitled to wear the War Commemorative Medal of 1870-71 non-combatant (steel) version by virtue of his commission and royal status? Did he wear it? The photos are difficult to decipher.
  12. ...a guy with a most amazing career and a really adventurous life. He joined the Prussian army in 1813 (fought at Wavre in 1815) and then left it again in 1824 in order to open a publishing company. He changed his mind in 1829 when he joined the Turkish army. He fought at the battle of Nisib (1839) and was the first to climb the walls of Saida (1840) together with Commodore Charles Napier. He spent a lot of time there with his close friend, the famous Moltke. In 1841 he was back in Prussian Services where he was sent to London in 1848 in order to convince Prince William (the future emperor) to return after he had fled the revolution back home. He then became his first adjutant. After such a life it is no wonder that he chose as motto for his coat of arms: "Gedenke zu leben" (Bear in mind to live)…
  13. NCO and enlisted men who ONLY had prussian awards at the end of the war... Would be interested in how different tailors mounted these...
  14. I am assuming this is all Prussian. No other states on it so I guess so: Am I right in thinking this soldier was in service in 1870 and 1914 hence the centenary medal? Or what was the criteria? Rich
  15. Hello all, today i got this nice 5 place ribbon bar - its my frst with a DSWA Medal Greetings Stefan
  16. Many Prussian generals wore regimental uniforms, either as regimental 'chef' or 'ala suite'. Kaiser Wilhelm I most often wore the uniform of the First Foot Guards, with his appropriate rank insignia. Question: Did these regimental uniforms incorporate the general's additional four buttons below the waist seam?
  17. I promise I will get better photos of these. But how often do you get to hold two named Pour Le Merite's in your hand? Both of these reside in the Dr Parks museum in Colorado and were given to him by Jacobs himself. Jacob's dunkelblau uniform and medals are also in the museum. --the bright one was given to Jacobs post war by a Navy ace, and the crown is soldered onto the cross itself. --the other looks like an issue piece, but I could not get a good shot of the hallmarks. crappy camera phone- My good 18 Meg one died on me. I will get better photos in a couple weeks if there is interest.
  18. Hello; Perhaps some viewers may enjoy seeing this medal bar with the corresponding ribbon bar: Prussian Iron Cross 1870 with 25 year Oakleaf, Red Eagle 3rd cl.. with bow, Crown Order 3rd cl., Prussia Long service officers 25 years, Prussia 1870/71 comm. medal with "Metz" and "Paris" clasps. Rick Research has begun searching for a name but seems to believe it not too promising. In any event I thank him very much. Bernhard H. Holst
  19. Hello guys, I seek the advice from the experts here in relation to the following Pour le Merite. It is definitely not a Wagner/Friedlander, or Godet, or even pre WW1. It looks like a S&L, but this one is silver gilt (800 mark on lower arm), and of better quality than most of the S&L PLMs frequently seen. This one is very well done and looks very nice. It measures 54mm by 53mm. I do not have the weight at this moment. I will post more photos. The question is, could this piece be pre 1945 or post 1945? Or, what is it then?
  20. Here are mine, be interested to see others and perhaps more complete, what was the criteria for these things and was there certificates, cheers, Paul
  21. Guys, Pointy hat and other hat? Alledgedley in an attic for a longtime? What do you think? More
  22. Looking for some name verification of these generals: 1. Karl Bansi or Paul Bansi 2. Hugo v. Altrock or Konstantin v. Altrock Bansi Altrock
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