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This little surprise was not mentioned by the seller, nor was it reflected in the price! Apparently, it was overlooked by him; he saw the ribbon, then pushed the insert closed. But my beady little eyes spied it tucked away. ninja.gif

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Well darn the luck it doesn't match the award, but perhaps it is after all a group to one man. No conclusions, but a nice surprise nonetheless. I'll keep it all together, as it came.

Enjoy.

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How nice to find a little personality behind the metal and ribbon. Always a shame when Identity is lost since so much was given and sacrificed for these 'trinkets'.

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You have a very nice award and document, Ralph. I have never seen an official award document . Yours is the first informal one I have seen.

The document indicates the award was given to a member of 8. Kompagnie, Infanterie-Regiment 96. The regiment was part of 38. Infanterie-Division fighting on the Eastern front at the time of the award.

IR 96 was from Reuss and, together with the iron cross, the medal was pretty much the standard award to men who served with the regiment or were citizens of the principality of Reuss.

If are looking for one, good luck with the Waldeck equivalent. They are, as Rick indicated, not easy to find.

/David

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