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Ritter von Epp had so many awards that he rarely wore them all-- so identifying what is in any given photograph can often be difficult. He also-- as the ones you have shown indicate-- apparently had multiple SETS of medal bars depending on which uniform he was wearing and when.

In the first photo, for instance, he is wearing his Third Reich general's uniform with a quite improper pre-1935 medal bar. The first awards on THAT set are:

Bavarian Military merit Order 3rd Class with Crown and Swords (BMV3aX) for WW1

Bavarian Military Merit Order-Knight 1st X (for Southwest Africa)

Bavarian Military Merit Order-Knight 2nd X (for China)

Prussian Hohenzollern House Order 3rd Class X for WW1

Prussiaan Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914

Prussian Red Eagle Order 4th Class X for Southwest Africa

Prussian Crown Order 4th X for China


and on into multiple rows, depending on what he decided to wear that day!

By the way, he was as nasty as his expression usually is in all his photos-- glowering into the camera. He had a terrible temper, and was referred to (behind his back :rolleyes: ) as Old Mother of God because of his favorite Bavarian exclamation of rage "Gottesmutter!!!"

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This was the list - incomplete and with a few errors such as the names of the Bavarian MVOs - of Ritter von Epp's awards which appeared on Axis History Forum:

- Plm: am 29.05.1918 als Oberst und Kommandeur der 1. bayer. J?ger-Brigade

- RK des Kriegsverdienstkreuzes mit Schwertern: am 00.00.1943 als Reichsleiter und char. General der Infanterie und Reichsstatthalter in Bayern

- RK des Kgl. Preuss. Hausordens von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern: 05.05.1917

- RK des Kgl. Bayer. Milit?r-Max-Joseph-Ordens: am 23.06.1916 als Oberstleutnant und Kommandeur der bayer. Infanterie-Leib-Regiments

- 1914 EK I

- 1914 EK II

- Chinadenkm?nze 1901,

- S?dwest Afrika Denkm?nze,

- Bayerische Prinz Regent Luitpold Jubil?ums Medaille mit d. Krone,

- Bayerischer MVO 3. Klasse mit Schwertern,

- Bayerische Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse

- k.u.k. ?sterr. Orden der Eisernern Krone III. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration

- k.u.k. ?sterr. Milit?r-Verdienstkreuz III. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration

- Kgl. Bayer. Milit?r-Verdienstorden IV. Klasse mit Schwertern

- Kgl. Bayer. Milit?r-Verdienstorden III. Klasse mit Schwertern und mit der Krone

- Offizierkreuz des Kgl. Bayer. Milit?r-Verdienstordens mit Schwertern und mit der Krone

- Ehrenkreuz f?r Frontk?mpfer

- Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der NSDAP

- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13.03.1938

- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 01.10.1938

- Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. und I. Klasse mit Schwerten

- Dienstauszeichnung der NSDAP in Silber

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Von Epp awards :

- Preussische Kaiser Wilhelm Erinnerungsmedaille 1897,

- Preussische Kronen Order 4. kl mit Schwertern,

- Bayerische MVO 4. kl mit Schwertern,

- Chinadenkmünze 1901 mit 2 Spangen,

- Preussische Rote Adler Orden 4. kl mit Schwertern,

- Bayerische MVO 3. kl mit Schwertern,

- Südwest Afrika Denkmünze mit 3 Spangen,

- Bayerische MVO 3. kl mit Krone u. mit Schwertern (11 septembre 1914),

- EK-II (22 décembre 1914),

- EK-I (12 mars 1915),

- Mecklenburgische MVK 2. kl,

- Offizierkreuz Oldenburgische Haus u. Verdienstorden von Herzog Peter Friedrich Ludwig,

- Bayerische Prinz Regent Luitpold Jubiläums Medaille mit d. Krone,

- Bayerische Offizierkreuz MVO mit Krone u. mit Schwertern (5 février 1916),

- Bayerische Militär Max Joseph Orden (23 juin 1916),

- Königlich Preussische Hausorden von Hohenzollern Ritterkreuz mit Schwertern (5 mai 1917),

- Österreichische MVK 3. kl mit KD (19 juillet 1917),

- Österreichische Orden d. Eisernen Krone 3. kl mit KD (26 septembre 1917),

- «Pour le Merite» Orden (29 mai 1918)(5179),

- Bayerische Dienstauszeichnung 40 jahr.

- Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-1918 mit Schwertern (1934),

- Ungarische Ehrenmedaille des Weltkrieges 1914-1918 mit Schwertern,

- Herzoglichische Sachsen-Ernesticher Hauseorden Grosskreuz mit Schwertern am Ring (1935),

- Goldenes Parteiabzeichen,

- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13 März 1938,

- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1 Oktober 1938,

- KVK-II mit Schwertern,

- KVK-I mit Schwertern,

- RK KVK mit Schwertern (20 septembre 1943),

- Dienstauszeichnungen d. NSDAP in Silber.



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Hi all, thought I'd bring up this old thread regarding Von Epps's medal list as I have seen a couple of medals I can't identify from all the lists I've seen, anyone know what they might be, image attached




Alex K


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Dear forumites,

I'm trying to identify the exact ribbons on this picture of Ritter von Epp:



Here below is represented the ribbon bar as what I can see... Von Epp used ribbon devices or didn't when I should have... the forth Prussian Iron Cross ribbon should be with swords (EK2, HHOX, RAO4X + KO4X), but as you can see there aren't any sword devices. Furthermore I'm not so sure about the one immediately before the EK2 and the last ones (probably austrian ones).


This photograph will be used for my brother to paint his portrait and depict as faithfully as he can the ribbons on his chest. 

Any valuable inputs, comments or addenda from all of you guys will be immensely appreciated from myself and my brother.

Thank you in advance.



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