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    Hello all,

    I am posting here today in the hopes that you can help me identify this man.

    As far as I can tell he is from a Saxon duchy (maybe Sachsen-Meiningen?).

    He saw service in 1866, 1870 and then again in 1914. His bar shows: 1870 EK2 / WHS / RAO4 / KO3 / DA / 1870 KDM / 1866 Kreuz / ZM

    I'm not sure what his topmost neck order is either. I have an idea but I will refrain from posting it so as to avoid influencing others' eyes.

    Looking forward to hearing your ideas.

    Thank you in advance for any help.




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    I am not a bar expert, but I am guessing, he has the 1870 bar, which means he maybe did not have a combat role in WW1 as most senior officers with an 1870EK 2 seem to have recieved an early 1914 EK1... then not getting a bar for the EK2.

    It can not be Paul EvP as he had an 1870 EK1.

    It is not General Horst Edler von der Planitz, Kommandant des XII. Armeekorps either as he had no 1870 EK2....

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    He seems to be one of the few, who got the Saxe Ernerstine House Order neck decoration with "Jahreszahlen"? So he could be found in Lundström/Krause by crosschecking the 33 recepients with the EK 1870.

    Regards, Komtur.

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    my money is on Oberstleutnant a.D. Otto von Borcke, a retired Landgendarmerie officer commanding the I. Ersatz-Bataillon of Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 95 in Gotha during the War. Awarded his EK2 as a Sekonde-Lieutenant in Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 6. Holder of the HSH2 with the "Jahreszahl" 1914 plus everything else in this photograph.



    P.S. That appears to FRIEDRICH von Bock und Polach and not Max.

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    Thank you Hermann. Very interesting.

    4 hours ago, Komtur said:

    Could this be him in his younger age?

    Hi Tilo,

    I see the photo is labeled "von Borcke" but do you know if this is Karl Otto Gotthard von Borcke (1847 - 1917)?

    Or do you just know the last name?

    Thank you for any clarification.

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    • 3 months later...

    Well, I can confirm that the man in the photo is Karl Otto Gotthard von Borcke.

    When I bought this photo, I thought I knew who owned the bar.

    A local collector, older and totally offline, owns a bar with the same combination of awards as the one shown in the photo. However, upon close inspection this past weekend, I can see that the bar is not the same one shown in the photo. It is very close, but the local bar has three (not four) Gefechtsspangen.

    That said, I did manage to locate a photo of von Borcke's bar, shown below.

    Borcke COMP.jpg

    The story I have been told (by a member of another forum) is that the bar shown above was sold by Detlev Niemann attributed to a man with the name "von Borcke." (Turns out the bar was stolen and the buyer returned it to Niemann, who returned it to the original owner, who still has it, but that's immaterial.)

    You can see that Borcke eventually mounted his Sachsen-Meiningen award. But the rest of the bar clearly matches the photo.

    Now I will see if I can buy the local 7-place bar with three Gefechtsspangen, which still needs a name. Stay tuned.

    PS: If you own von Borcke's bar, or know who does, please contact me!

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