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I hope someone will be  able to decipher the this signature for me please?

I understand the salutation is as follows:

Mein Bosniak "Flock"
 
Juli 1916
 
           , GM

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In my opinion, it's one of four names... Lauer, Bauer, Obauer, or Sauer.  The GM of course stands for Generalmajor.  There was a Max Lauer who re-assumed command of the KuK Infantry Regiment "Archduke Rainer" in July of 1916, but he was only a colonel at the time.  There was also a Major-General Rudolf Obauer who commanded the KuK 11th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front.  It might help if you posted the photo on the front of this postcard.  Simi. 

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Hi,

I read it as Rauch, and it could be von Rauch?

Uwe

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I thoroughly went through the 1916-1917 KuK Ranklists for both active and reactivated Major-Generals and there is nobody by the name of "Rauch" listed.  However, in addition to the above officers I already mentioned, there is a GM Viktor Bauer listed as well as GM Ludwig Bauer who was reactivated for the duration of the war.  Like I said, it would be helpful to see the front of this postcard.  Simi. 

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spelling error

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Gentlemen,

Thankyou for your responses. 

Rauch can be 'safely' ruled out as there is no Rauch mentioned in Schmidt-Brentano's work on Austro-Hungarian Generals.

I have compared the photo to both Maximilian Lauer (not promoted to Generalmajor) and Viktor Bauer (later Feldmarschalleutnant) to my mystery GM and neither matches IMHO. 

I have tentatively settled on Ludwig Bauer as the most likely candidate, but to date,  I have not seen any conclusive evidence to support my hypotheses.

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