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Greetings,

Meet Herr Heinrich PRETZEL, who seems to have had some interesting years :

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Photo was taken in Gross-Tychow (now "Tychowo"), not so far from Danzig/Gdansk.

Any chance to identify his other awards / decypher the comments / find out more about his service ?

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Cheers !
Jerome

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Wow..... that is a rare photo find! I can count the number of 1813 EK pics I have seen on one hand and still have a couple of fingers left over...

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The photograph must have been taken after 1863 as he is wearing his Iron Cross, the 1863 commemorative War Merit Medal and the 1813-15 War merit Medal, the last is suspect is a veterans award, now you have to find a group to go with the photo.

Paul

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You need to use the German spelling....Brezel.... ;-)

Chris, I checked this too - but also no Brezel/Bretzel...: EPN_1263261493_0533.jpg 1600 × 2451 Pixel

... also I can't find the name in the iron-cross Seniorenverzeichnis from march 1863.

Gruß Jens

Edited by KIR

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Thanks gents for the comments, the explanations on the medals, and checking the name ! :)

MMh, so there seems to be some mystery here ?

Well sometimes names found on CDVs are dedications rather than signatures ; doesn't really look to be the case here, but that could be a lead...

Cheers !

Jerome

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Another possibility is that he enlisted under an alias (it frequently happened, due to debts, in trouble with the law or got a girl into trouble). certainly was the case with the British during the Peninsular war.

Paul

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Wonderful photo! I hope others will add moren like it! Great thread! Thanks!

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Love it!!! Thanks for posting!! I had a photo of a chaplain with a non combatant IC 1870 that I wish I had not sold...... These photos are what make the hobby I think!

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Wow, greate picture!!!!

I have only this one, with EK2 1813 and Red Eagle Order 2. class.

I hope you do not mind?

Best regards

Thomas

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I am wondering what I'm looking at in the blue boxes.

Is this just scratches in the photo? Or could it be some detail

actually on the cross. It almost looks like writing of some sort

but that's impossible to know.

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I am wondering what I'm looking at in the blue boxes.

Is this just scratches in the photo? Or could it be some detail

actually on the cross. It almost looks like writing of some sort

but that's impossible to know.

Hi Greg,

the same question I was asking myself - in my opinion it is probably a Verteranen badge (or similar).
But still a very beautiful photograph of a participant of the liberation war in 1813.
;) Best regards,
Jens

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Hi gents,

sorry I cannot get anything more detailed for the Cross ; but a badge looks possible indeed.

Thomas,

Thanks for this photo - very nice !

And... introducing another old Vet'..

Photo re-cut to fit in a 1860s album ; no photographer's détails whatsoever.

I love the colouring !

Salutations,

Jérôme

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Hi gents,

sorry I cannot get anything more detailed for the Cross ; but a badge looks possible indeed.

Thomas,

Thanks for this photo - very nice !

And... introducing another old Vet'..

Photo re-cut to fit in a 1860s album ; no photographer's détails whatsoever.

I love the colouring !

Salutations,

Jérôme

And with a Russian St. George Cross also!

A very interesting photo.

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Outstanding photo! that St George's medal is fantastic!

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Is his last name Pretzel? what's the next word?

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Is his last name Pretzel? what's the next word?

Hi Ulsterman,

I read Kriegsveteran and Compentant 1813 14 15

KR

Andreas

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And... introducing another old Vet'..

Photo re-cut to fit in a 1860s album ; no photographer's détails whatsoever.

I love the colouring !

Forget about the EK2 and St. George cross... is he wearing an Austrian bravery medal in the third place... ?

:speechless1: :speechless1: :speechless1:

I have literally never seen one of these in wear... probably our Austria collerctors would love to see that picture posted in their forum...

:whistle:

Edited by saschaw

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On 8/10/2014 at 12:13, saschaw said:

 

Forget about the EK2 and St. George cross... is he wearing an Austrian bravery medal in the third place... ?

 

:speechless1: :speechless1: :speechless1:

 

I have literally never seen one of these in wear... probably our Austria collerctors would love to see that picture posted in their forum...

 

:whistle:

Incredible photo. I have never seen a photo of a Napoleonic veteran with that many different decorations. Outstanding.

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Those fotos are really rare. They are very hard to find. They are from the beginning of photography.

My earliest photo shows a 1864 soldier after the war ended.

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