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Hello all,

I recently got my hands on a walking stick made and ingraved by a German soldier.

Musketier H. Mahnke, Kompagnie 8, Infaterie Regiment 187. 

Next to a Iron cross are a Rifle cartidge and a dagger ingraved.

The soldier also ingraved some of the fronts he fought at: Aisne 1915, Arras 1915, Vogesen 1915/16.

The metal plates are from Tirol, it is a tradition among mountain climbers/hikers to collect these type of plates from where they have been en attach them to their stick.

Sadly H. Mahnke did not make it through the war and died on 30. 09. 1918. He is burried on the Friedhof of Montaigu near Laon.







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