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A brother to yours here Chris ;) After 1934 , and a real cheap ugly mounting ..... but maybe he didnt have a lot of Marks in those days ...

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And here a more unusual combo ,

a XII " Treue Dienste bei der Fahne " long service medal , than a Non Fighter EHK and last a Civil 25 year Cross

What do you think could be the story of this guy ?

Christer

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My old love the saxon awards. Most of my bars leave but i still keep some.

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Very nice indeed, especially the home made addition.

I have had a couple like that myself. Sometimes people forget, money was tight back then.

Where my wifes Grandfather was a doctor in the 1950s, the village had no tarred road, people payed the doctors bill wit vegetables and chickens sometimes....

Its no wonder some folks mounted their own medals!!

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1 of 6

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6 of 6 - this group belonged to Feldwebel Willie Kurt Lau

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I have a couple.

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and this

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and this.....

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1914 EK 2

Honor Cross w/swords

Silver Friedrich August Medal

Cross of Honor

12 Year Service Medal

25 Year Faithful Service

Dean

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