Jump to content

Information on a Bavarian Officer

Recommended Posts

I have a pickelhaube, photo and post card related to a Leutnant BUHLER of the 4th Inf. Regt. The post card appears to be 1910 but it is not clear. I have no first name for this officer.

I realize this is sort of sketchy, but can someone further identify this officer??

I tried to post some pics of the above but their file size is too large.

Many thanks,


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here is the back of the post card:

I am told it says:

Manover, 4, September 1910?

J. H.

Frau Mina Homberg


Dingolfing a. Isar


Dearest Mina!

My best thanks for your lovely notes. How are things going for you? I've already written Karl Buhler, at present... there's very little time (for things in general) but ten times better on maneuver than on the drill field. Due to maneuver I've been assigned to the regimental staff and you'll see me to the left of the colonel .. Heartfelt gettings....and to the children.

(Signature could not be made out)


Link to comment
Share on other sites

The writer of the postcard is addressing Mina Homberg as Frau and starts with: Liebste Mina. From that I know that Mina is married and the writer is most likely her husband.

Therefore, if I'm right in my assumptions, the writer of the postcard is Mr. Homberg.

I believe the card is signed: dein Dich liebender Schatz Your loving darling (not sure on that)

Regards, Hardy

Link to comment
Share on other sites


Karl B?hler must have been a good friend or relative of the writer since he mentions him on the card and is in possession of his picture.

Is the Pickelhaube named to B?hler? If not, the Pickelhaube could have belonged to the writer (Homberg) rather than B?hler. Assuming the items all came from the same household (That of Mina Homberg).


Edited by Naxos
Link to comment
Share on other sites


The pickelhaube is not named.

The dealer claimed he bought this direct from the "family" and that the post card was sent from Buhler to his "future wife". I too noted the "Frau" and assumed Mina Homberg was a widow (with children) that Buhler was courting. I have always thought that Mina only casually knew some of the pickelhaube's owner (Otto?) relations as the name is stated as "Karl Buhler" and not just Karl.

I realize you should always buy the PIECE and not the STORY!!

Soooooooo maybe we will never be sure.


Edited by Rod
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Ayuh. Post those scans because there were TWO-- BOTH named Otto: a regular and a reserve officer. Details of uniform and date will be crucial.

The reservist was in Bavarian Inf Rgt 23 while the regular was in KB Inf Rgt 20.

The Olt d.R. Otto B?hler in the reserve of 23 bay. IR was in that regiment in 1905, so he probably was with it the whole time.

Lt. Otto B?hler of 20. bay.IR was KIA in 1914. I don't know when he entered service or if he changed regiments. My Bavarian ranklists skip from 1897 to 1914 and my MVBs skip from 1908 to 1913. He is not in the 1905, 1906 or 1908 MVB Personalien-Beilagen, so he wasn't commissioned in those years.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This is entirely... too sketchy. Nothing can be made of "attribution" this... nebulous.

You have no definite name here, unless there is a label in the spike helmet.

The 1910 postcard can't have come from the regular B?hler, who was commissioned on 26 October 1911.

The reservist B?hler doesn't seem to fit either since the cap worn in the photo and spike helmet bear no reserve cross emblems.

This just... doesn't amount to anything. Sorry.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Blog Comments

    • As a theology student my professor, a much published former Naval chaplain, set us an essay, saying that if we could answer that successfully we would be guaranteed  a good degree "Which of the gospel writers was the biggest liar, discuss."   I got a good mark, but  don't want to be burned for heresy.   P
    • As my father used to say: "Tain't so much Pappy's a liar - he just remembers big."  
    • Brian: First, let me say that I always enjoy reading your blog and your "spot on" comments.  Another fine topic with such a broad expansion into so many different facets.  I had watched this a week or two ago and when reading your blog, it reminded me of this great quote.   There is a great video on the origins of "Who was Murphy in Murphy's Law"   Anyway, about mid way through this video, there is this great quote and I think it sums it up quite well to your statem
    • I've received word from the Curator that she has permission to re-open this summer.   We're already making plans for a November event at the Museum.   Michael
    • I recall I did the same on hot days at Old Fort York back in 1973-74 - wool uniforms, and at 90F they would let you take your backpack off.   Michael
  • Create New...