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Hello Richard,

Thank ou for showing these 2 medal bars, very fine pieces. Is there someone of the readers who wants to transliterate the text on the postcard? mayby that can point towards the direction of the former wearer of that medal bar.

Anyway also very nice postcard, just love it :cheers:

Cordial greetings,

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Horrid pencil scribblies and too closely cropped in the message part to get COMPLETE anything. It looks like an illiterate child threw in random "my greetings to X and Y and Z" and there is such a jumble I don't get the SENDER'S name.

The return address is stamped over:

Ersatz Reservist W.............

Wachtkompagnie 162

L?beck :banger:

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Rick, even to my untrained eye the handwriting looked all over the place! Apologies for the quality of the scan.

David, I bought the bar with the postcard from ebay, the postcard could have therefore been added, though it wasn't actually listed with the bar when I bought it, it just arrived with it. I seem to be struggling with posting images due to the reduction in the quality. Could I possibly email the image to you in a larger file size?

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Hello dear Forumites,

I think we have the person already by the additional information, let me explain.

We have the following detirmining information;

Rank: Ersatzreservist

Unit: Wachkompanie 162 ( a part of the I.R. 162

Name: W.....

I did a search with these and did find 21 soldiers with the matching rank of 'Ersatzreservist' and the starting letter: W.

Iff i then do a finetuning on the letter W => i have 3 remaining suspects:

* Welle, franz, I.R. 162 - date: 25/11/1916

* Wohlers, Friedrich, I.R. 162 - date: 15/09/1917

* W?rdehoff, Erwin, I.R. 162 - date: 15/09/1917

Iff we then take the date on the postcard also into account, we have: 05.09.1917 and i do believe that i can recognize the letetr "o" behind the W.

So the soldier named "Wohlers" is a very big possibility, howeve rthen we are still strugling with dates => the card is dated: 07/09/1917 and the award entry in L?H roll is from 15/09/1917. Or the cross was awarded and later on the award entry was regularized and entered later?

The 100 % confirmation will be possible iff you can also find this name (Wohlers) on the Mecklenburg FF cross roll.

Cordial greetings, :rolleyes::cheers:

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Stijn, thank you for your research, I have to admit to being quite excited at the prospect of identifying this man. I have attached some scans of the reverse, apologies again for the quality. Does anyone know how I can search the Mecklenburg FF cross roll?

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Thank you Richard for the reverse of the 2 medal bars => could these 2 bars have been made by the same person? The folding of the ribbons look very alike, the sewing, etc ... also and the catch, etc ... looks also exactly the same. The same juweler perhaps?

I do ask because a L?H bar is also comming my way +will post it once it has arrived. And yes it does look exact the same on terms of sewing, etc....

Any opinions?

Cordial greetings,

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Hello dear forumites,

As you know are David M and i constantly working on the lovely L?H roll.

Here are the results as of this today:

Totally listed at this point: 5.315 names

Year / Number / Procentual

1915 / 547 / 10,29

1916 / 1.744 / 32,81

1917 / 1.622 / 30,52

1918 / 1.201 / 22,60

1919 / 79 / 1,49

1920 / 42 / 0,79

1921 / 6 / 0,00

subtotal 5.241 98,49

unkown (year of award) 74 1,39

In this number 5.315 we do find the following speical branches

Flieger 36

Marineflieger 14

Marine 337

Luftschiffer 14

Marineluftschiffer 3

Schutztruppe 16

Cordial greetings + lets work on :cheers:

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Hello RIchard,

I am also expecting a L?H bar in the next week. I will post it as soon as i have it + i do think that in regard of sewing, etc ... we will see a very near match. Same type of colour of thread used to hold the Hindeburgcross in its place, etc..., same way of folding of the ribbons, tec....

Does anyone have actually one of the following pieces in regards of the L?H cross:

* Case of Issue / (or) paper Packet (iff these do exist? :speechless1: )

* Miniatures

Cordial greetings,

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Interesting question => civilians. What are civilians in a wartime period.

Are one of the following seen as civilians? :rolleyes:

* Regierungs Bau-inspektor

* Bausekret?r

* Kreisschulinspektor

* Pfleger (with the Freiwillige krankenpflege L?beck)

Cordial greetings,

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Thank you RIcky for that confirmation :cheers: , so we also do know now that both military (largest part) and a few civilians did receive the L?H cross :cheeky:

And .......... here is my newest addition. A 4 place medal bar, containing:

* EK 2

* L?H

* Hindenburg cross

* unknown medal (some kind of veteran piece or unofficial award?)

The reverse backing is red + the sewing of the ribbons and threads used to fix the crosses tightly are very similar towards the pieces from Richard :jumping:

And as a nice bonus a miniature was also amongst this nice piece, containing:

* EK 2

* L?H

* Hindenburg cross

* Black wound badge

So this soldier also was wounded during his time - who is behind it? no clue however ;-)

Cordial greetings,

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The unkown medal does show "Germania" - here figure is surrounded by the words : Wir Deutsche furchten Gott - Aber sonst nichts in der Welt"

The reverse does have a laurelleave with inside this the following dates: "IX - 1866 1918"

Anyone a clue what this medal is?, who did award it?, criteria, etc....

And also here is a close up from that lovely mini (the EK and the L?H are enameled). ther eis no make rmark of any kind.

Cordial greetings + thanks for looking,

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I have heard all sorts of explanations for the mystery medal-- which usually is found on a dark blue (like long service awards) ribbon with a very narrow black center stripe.

It is usually described as an "1866 veterans" piece but I doubt that very much. 1918 was not a year for casual squandering of metal--and there are no 1870 pieces. 52 years is not exactly a normal commemorative "jubilee" period, either. :rolleyes:

I believe, but cannot prove without having seen a DOCUMENT for one, that these were made by the IX. Army Corps (created in 1866?) in the hope that 1918 would ALSO be a Year Of Victory--

and is some sort of semi-official award from that level, like the regimental and divisional "reward" medals we sometimes see-- tokens of esteem from a commander but not official decorations.

These are very well made medals and cost somebody a lot of money in Zinky Days.

Usually they are found loose. Yours on a WW1 veteran's medal bar shows it was NOT for "1866 veterans." :cheers:

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I THINK these are ALL the L?beck ribbon bars I have. :speechless1:

1) Mystery Oberstleutnant again because maybe :banger: if I keep showing it often enough :banger: it will magically get identified, augh :banger:

2) blue backed and certainly a naval doctor, but no exact match as of the February 1918 Navy Rank List (from David S)

3) typical unbacked WW1 style, so no way to guess. Might be a senior NCOs since there is a long service with no peacetime Order.

4) I know what the awards are on this one since it was separated from its medal bar--

Mecklenburg Schwerin MK2 in 2nd place, and a Prussian XV ahead of the 25 Treudienst and Third Reich Customs Long Service Crosses.

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Hi RIcky,

Thank you for showing these wonderfull ribbon bars :speechless:

Any supsects by name on your ribbon bar nr. 1?, iff so i can browse through my files on the L?h to see if any of them ar enoted, etc .... ?

So what do we have on that magnificent bar?

* EK 2

* Red Eagle (?)

* Crown order

* Centenary medal

* Z?hringer L?we - Ritter 1 e class with X

* ?

* Hamburg Hanseatic ?

* L?h

* Austrian milit?r Verdienstkreuz

Should be identifyable iff some names are found - or am i totally mistaking? He was certainly a older Officer during WWI as he did get the Centenial medal. According to his Z?hringer Lion he might have held the minimumrank during WWI of a Hauptmann and mayby a Major? And then i do notice you referr towards this person as a Oberstleutnant :speechless:

My guess is a staffofficer of some kind who sis rose towards the rank of Major during WWI. As there is no Hindenburg cross on that one he might have passed away by 1934?

Cordial greetings + thanks for showing :jumping:

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