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Hi Paul,

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Gebweiler den 12. Juli 1915


den Pionier Brink

S. M. W. Abtlg. 16

zur Zeit Freiburg i./Br.

Res. Lazarett Realgymnasium


Hierdurch erfülle ich die angenehme Pflicht

Ihnen, lieber Brink, der Ihnen für tapferem,

unerschrockenes Aushalten auf Ihrem Posten

beim Minenwerfer am 15 Juni d. Jahres auf

Höhe 830 westlich ??? verliehene Eiserne

Kreuz II. Klasse mit den besten Glückwünschen

von mir und der ganzen Abteilung

überreichen zu können. Hoffentlich sind

Sie bald auch gesundheitlich wieder soweit

hergestellt, dass Sie zu ihrer alten Abteilung

zurückkehren können.

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The S.M.W.Abt.16 belonged since oct, 5, 1915 to the the (württ.) MW-Kompanie 307 (7.Ldw.Div./Armee-Abteilung Gaede) together with medium MW-Abt.150 and light MW-Abt.208 and 249.

Before it stood under command of Armee-Abt. Gaede.

?????? means Höhe 830 westlich Matzeral

The battle was: "Gefechte (battles) of Hilsenfirst (14.-21.6.1915)

Engaged units:
12.Ldw.Div. and parts of 19.Res.Div. (both belonged to AA Gaede)


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Very intersting document!

It says, that he came to the MW-Kp 12 at may 12, 1916.

This company was set-up may 9, 1916, and consisted of:

heavy MW-Zug, medium MW-Zug 169 and light MW-Zug 283

The company belonged to the 12.Inf.Div. (VI.AK, Upeer Slesia)

1916: Somme, Ancre, in december Russia

1917: in may back to France, in august Alsace, in october Italy, in december France

1918: Lorraine, Picardy, Lys, Meteren, Cambrai

The captain of the company was Hauptmann Berwig (Pio.Btl.17; Leutnant 20.8.09; Oberleutnant 18.8.15; Hauptmann 18.8.18). He became captain 6 days after he signed page 2.

Hauptmann Müller, who signed the woudned badge certification, promoted to Hauptmann 20.5.13 (appointed almost 18.10.12!), Oberleutnant 18.8.10, Leutnant 20.7.97

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I like this place, I often go over there during the holidays !



The french cemetery ("Chêne Millet") in front of "Hohe 830" :



And trenches on Hilsenfirst :





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