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    Database with photos of officers showing their knight cross with X of Hohenzollern

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    1 hour ago, Mattyboy said:

    This is said to be the later General Erich Hassenstein, although his HOH3x does not appear in the 1927 ranklist 


    Rangliste 1931 (https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015035971087&seq=155&q1=Hassenstein&start=1) also shows Hassenstein without HOH3⚔ and VWA ... it is a great picture. Your man should be: Wilhelm Berthold Helmuth Beukemann

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    It appears to be Emil Otto Friedrich Koehler, *21.7.1884 in Alsleben, †15.5.1966 in Kaiserslautern. He was a Hauptmann (15.8.15) in FußAR 10 and commander of Fußartillerie-Bataillon Nr. 92 from May 1917 to war's end. A char. Major a.D., he was a civilian official in the Reichswehrministerium from 1926-33, an L-Offizier from 1933 to 1935, and then an E-Offizier. He was promoted to Oberst and transferred to the active officer corps on 1.8.1941. He was supposed to retire on age grounds in 1944, but he was considered essential. His last assignment was on 1.1.1945 as Stabsoffizier der Artillerie in the staff of the Festungs-Pionier-Kommandeur XXI.

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    Two images of Eugen Voelter, along with a close-up of the ribbon bars. The former shows a Feldspange with Württemberg precedence, the latter from 1938 shows "Reich" precedence. I suppose it's possible he would have changed the bar yet again after the Anschluß to move the ÖM3K ahead of the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer, since it would no longer be a foreign award.







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    Further to my last post, it must be the handover of command from General von Brandis, to Oberst Erich Schickfus und Neudorff (with spectacles) and I believe the other chap is Oberstleutnant Paul Gerhardt commanding III./15.IR.






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