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Hello:

Here is a document for a Black Wound Badge co-signed by the Soldatenrat, dated 21 Jan.1919.

In many units mainly frontline, Soldatenrat (soldiers councils) were not instituted because not compatible with military organisation or discipline.

Note this unit is a Ersatz Bataillon ( replacement battalion) which were receptive to and easily reached with anti-militaristic propaganda. And yet the unit stamp still shows the hated Prussian Eagle.

This man served peacetime in Inf.Rgt.162 (Hanseatic-Luebeck) and earned the E.K.II and the Hanseatic Cross Luebeck also.

Bernhard H. Holst

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Hello.

Here is another Wound Badge documeny. This time dated June 1918, bearing in mind that the wound badges were only instituted in March, 1918. This man served in Inf.Rgt.105 (Saxon) and saw action at Verdun where he was also wounded.

As can be seen the document is of poor quality ( Mimiographed?) but still official looking.

Bernhard H. Holst

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This one was interesting as it offers the possibility of getting it for sickness....

Hello :

I am not sure about sickness. it appears to refer to any illness caused through special circumstances i.e. gas poisoning,

WW II quotes Verwundung oder Beschaedigung (wounds or injury).

In my opinion Spanish Flu did not count.

Bernhard H. Holst

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Hello :

I am not sure about sickness. it appears to refer to any illness caused through special circumstances i.e. gas poisoning,

WW II quotes Verwundung oder Beschaedigung (wounds or injury).

In my opinion Spanish Flu did not count.

Bernhard H. Holst

Hi,

I guess that is possible... I thought it may be for anything brought about by war service ie. frostbite or disease etc.

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