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In the display of your grandfather's medals I noticed the badge of a knight of the Order of Vit?z in the case. Was your grandfather a Vit?z?

My grandfather was not a Vit?z. The badge is just a part of my collection. By the time i took that photo of the collection one of my Vit?z badges was on the displayshelf next to the miniature pins. Since then i moved it to another shelf.


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Szia Peter - It is very interesting that you grandfather was awarded the WW1 Merit Medal. Was his father killed during WW1? I have never heard of these awards being awarded for this to the sons. I also see that he was given the non-combat award. Very nice display. You are very lucky to have such items from that period. I taught for many years at the Bolyai Janosz Katonai Foiskola and may cadets did not know what their grandfathers or great-grandfathers did during the war.



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Very nice display and superb photography. Thanks for showing us some of your family history. Too often family members do not treasure these things. I am glad to see that you have it together in context.



Ps-one question. Are there any markings in your grandfather's boots? If so, would it be possible to photograph them and post the photos?

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My grandfathers old photoalbum. It contains all of the phots from his childhood and some of his father who died the same day WW1 ended. His father served in the Austro-Hungarian during the war as a captain and died from the 1918 flu pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish flu).

The album contains many photos from The Ludovika military academy as well.

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Do you have your grandpa's soldbook or other paper items?

And could you make a photo of the left side of the bocskai?

Hello Decker!

Here?s a photo of the Bocskai?s left side. It?s a infantry (Gyalogs?g) field cap with the green triangle markings on the side.

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I dont have any military papers from my grandfather left. All these things were hidden during the socialist times and all old "Ludovika academy" officers had to keep a very low profile about their past. The real big treasure among my grandfathters things was his photo-negatives that were hidden on the attic at his mothers house for decades. Since he was blind for the last 15 years of his life, he coudn?t do much with them. But fortunately the ended up with me and my digital negative scanner years later.

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All these things were hidden during the socialist times and all old "Ludovika academy" officers had to keep a very low profile about their past.

Yeah, you don't have to tell me - I live in Hungary.

My grandfather's brother was a Ludovika student, too, though he never graduated. (Family gossips say he was quite a man bound by his own rules. He had done something the academy staff hadn't liked and he had been sent away.) He also ended up and died in G?teborg in 1976 or so. Before and during the first years of the war he was a levente-leader/instructor. The guys there (nor his brother) didn't like him too much because of his strict rules and behavior... They called him "levente-general".

Unfortunately there's nothing left from him. It's good for you to have a lot of your ascendant's belongings in excellent shape.

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Another item from my collection.

A Hungarian nationalflag from before the war . The stiches and repairs on it shows the meaning it had to it?s previous owner. Im going to put it in a nice frame one day. But first i share it with You fellow Gentlemen!

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Just recently I found out that Hungarian officers had standard sized issued note books to keep their notes..

Here?s my grandfathers... He wrote his detailed notes throughout the whole war. Unfortunately I just have its last part.

The time from January 1945 and until he capitulated to the British Army in Italy...

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