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A few more. I might have missed some.

  • Hans Markmann, Leutnant, IR 186
  • Kurt Rackow, Leutnant, IR 158
  • Karl Rothenburg, Leutnant der Reserve, 5.GRzF
  • Fritz Rümmelein, Leutnant der Reserve, RIR 87
  • Walther Schnieber, Leutnant, IR 63
  • Emil Trebing, Leutnant der Reserve, IR 370
  • Karl Willweber, Leutnant der Reserve, 2.GRzF

 

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Also some infantry Oberleutnants:

  • Cordt v. Brandis, Oberleutnant, IR 24, for Fort Douaumont
  • Heinrich Brinkord, Oberleutnant der Reserve, RIR 92
  • Daniel Gerth, Oberleutnant, Fhr. III./IR 150
  • Hans v. Ravenstein, Oberleutnant, FR 37, promoted to Hauptmann 3 days before the award of the plM.
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Take a look to the german page Liste der ritter der pour le merite orden . Wikipedia . really the junior officers are a minority along the centuries . there a few strange examples one a neapolitan general other the japanese marshall Nogi who defeated Russia . Enver pasha and the bulgarian Jekov are political examples . 

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In the aviation group are a small number of observers who were awarded the PLM.

Leutnant Hans Georg Horn was a former infantry officer who became a flying observer in 1915, and in 1916-1917 specialized in low level ground attacks from the back-seat of a Junkers all metal mono-wing. He was decorated with the PlM in December 1917, and on the same day his pilot was decorated with the GMVK.

Horn's stuff is in a private collection. ;)

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