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  1. The last entry I can see here was from Pionier-Feld-Rektruten-Depot No.7 in Philippeville, July 1918 (no day stated) with the notice: Dienstfähigkeit: k.v. (kriegsverwendungs - fähig) - as the war on the Eastern Front ended, he was transferred to the West - possibly he was either killed or became a prisoner of war after that, as the book ends abruptly there - otherwise there would have been official dismissal entries after November 1918 with statements as to money received, clothing, provisions allowance, etc. I would think the book would have fallen into allied hands, either taken from the prisoner or the dead. You could try checking with Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge - they are online. Some of the handwriting is really difficult to read, esp. the wartime entries.
  2. The region of origin, Kreis Angerburg in East Prussia (all now under Polish (South) and Russian Administration (North), with completely new names.
  3. A Militär-Paß had different coloured covers, depending on which Truppenteil or branch of service they belonged to. The Pioniers had a yellowish white as in illustration, all guards units were white, infantry was blue, cavalry yellow, artillery reddish pink, etc. Here an example, guards: Transcription: Militär-Paß, Jahresklasse 1904 für: Pionier Julius Grutschus Wife: Berta Czetzier in Kehlen, Krs. Angerburg Profession: Schneidermeister Parents: Julius Grutschus Auguste Sahm in Grieben, Krs.Darken Nationale des Buchinhabers: Julius Grutschus, geb. 2. November 1882 in Kehlen / Kreis Angerburg, Preußen Profession: Maurer (mason, bricklayer, builder) Religion: Evangelisch Married: yes Children: 2 Entered service: 1. November 1904 als Ersatz-Rekrut, Samländisches Pionier-Bataillon No.18, 1. Kompagnie 2./3. Dismissed: 24.September 1906 zur Reserve beurlaubt Nummer der Truppenstammrolle: 23 Height: 1,73 cm 7. Übergetreten zu Landwehr I. Aufgebots: 9.April 1912 8. 27.19.1908 - Pionier-Bataillon Fürst Radziwill: Grutschus konnte am 23.8.1908 zu einer 28-tägigen Übung zur 2. Reserve-Kompagnie eingezogen. Übte mit Gew.98 Führung: gut Strafen: keine Entlassen nach Kehlen, Krs. Angerburg, Bez.Kdo. Goldap (Bezirks-Kommando) (Signature) Hauptmann und Kompagnieführer (to be continued) 18. 23.6.16: p. Grutschus war seit dem 1.12.15 beim über....
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  5. Donat Freiherr von Richthofen meets a descendant of Albert Ball at the RAF Museum in 2014 Source: Daily Telegraph
  6. a silver trophy cup, 2 April 1918 A gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II for his 75th aerial victory to the most successful fighter pilot of the First World War and Knight of the Pour le mérite order. A large impressive cup, gold plated interior, supported by two crowned flying Prussian eagles. There is an engraved dedication on the front, "Dem ruhmvollen Kampfflieger Rittmeister Freiherr von Richthofen - Kommandeur des Jagdgeschwaders Nr. 1 - für seine hervorragenden Leistungen im Luftkampf von seinem dankbaren Kaiser und König - Wilhelm - Großes Hauptquartier, den 2. April 1918" ("To the famous fighter pilot Captain Baron von Richthofen - Commander of the 1st Fighter Squadron - for his outstanding achievements in aerial combat from his grateful Kaiser and King - Wilhelm - General Headquarters, 2 April 1918"). Imperial hallmark "800". Height: 41.5 cm. Weight: 1447 g. Small dents, easily restorable. On 2 April, Richthofen won his 75th air battle, on 6 April the Kaiser awarded him the Order of the Red Eagle, III Class with Crown and Swords, the only such award to a pilot in the First World War. Of the same provenance as lot 6386 ff. Hermann Historica, Auction 48, 21/22 April 2005. Estimate €4,510 - €5,850 Source: liveauctioniers.com
  7. There were a just few more than just over 60 cups - every 10th cup was of a larger size, and there the series ended, as silver was no longer available, so Richthofen decided to stop the series rather than use non-precious metal. There is a detailed list of all his victories in the book by Nowarra and Brown (1958). The collection of cups, along with the rest of all items was looted from the family home in Schweidnitz by the Russians in 1945. As we can see, a couple of them have emerged since and landed on the world market, usually for looted items - USA. These are by right, the property of the Richthofen family. Their home is now in Polish hands and was last used as a hotel, see previous posts. The silver victory cups, 1930s photo. A radial motor as a chandelier
  8. Similar in silhouette to the Concorde!
  9. Ausweis is only written with one "S". It is not from "weiß" as in colour, but from "weisen" verb, to show - infinitive: sich ausweisen Noun: Der Ausweis (Dokument). Expl., reflexiv: Ich kann mich ausweisen, zumal ich ein gültiges Reisedokument besitze
  10. When Arthur Wellesley, The Duke of Wellington died in 1851, Prussia reintroduced a Field Marshall's Baton. Wellington was an honorary Generalfeldmarschall of the Prussian Army. Prior to his burial, it was decided that a British Marshall's Baton was to be placed in his grave, but no Prussian example, as these did not exist. Very hurriedly, a Prussian Marshall's Baton was conceived and together with the British version, was placed in his tomb. The Prussian example was 30 cm in length, covered in lightblue velvet, and mounted with golden crowns and heraldic eagles. On the crossface surfaces were black heraldic eagles on a white background. The Marshalls' Batons of other states were similar to the Prussian model, with exceptions of Bavaria, Württemberg and Saxony. The last model was from 1895. Prussia, Marschallsstab, 1895 Prussian Marschallstäbe in the Eremitage in St.Petersburg. From left to right: Generalfeldmarschall v. Moltke, Großadmiral von Koester (centre) and Erzherzog Friedrich von Österreich-Ungarn. Deutsches Reich (1936) Generalfeldmarschall Ritter von Leeb (Bayerisches Armeemuseum) and of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, currently held at an American Museum at West Point/USA A replica of the Luftwaffe Feldmarschallstab awarded to Generalfeldmarschall Wolfram v. Richthofen Werner von Blomberg was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall on 20. April 1936 and received his new baton from Hitler personally. This is now in a Museum in USA. The Baton of Generalfeldmarschall Kesselring. Paulus, Schörner and Ritter von Greim never received their Batons due to the circumstances at the time of promotion. Großadmiral Raeder with Großadmiralsstab, 1940. This is thought to have been broken up postwar and the parts sold. Field Marshall Batons in Museums worldwide: Kaiser Franz Joseph I. von Österreich, preußischer Marschallstab verliehen 1898 (Schatzkammer in Wien) Kaiser Franz Joseph I. von Österreich, britischer Marschallstab (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Wien) König Wilhelm II. von Württemberg (Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg – Stuttgart) Werner von Blomberg (National Museum of American History – Washington, D.C., USA) Maximilian Reichsfreiherr von Weichs (National Infantry Museum – Columbus, USA) Günther von Kluge (Deutsches Panzermuseum – Munster) Erwin Rommel (Festung Reuenthal, Schweiz) Leonhard von Blumenthal (Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin) Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke (Staatliches Historisches Museum Moskau, Moskau) Albrecht von Österreich-Teschen (Eremitage, Sankt Petersburg) Friedrich von Österreich-Teschen (Eremitage, Sankt Petersburg) Alfred von Waldersee (Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg) Hermann Göring Feldmarschallstab (National Infantry Museum – Columbus, USA) Hermann Göring Reichsmarschallstab (West Point Museum- West Point, USA) Rupprecht von Bayern (Museum der Bayerischen Könige – Hohenschwangau) Generalfeldmarschall Albert Kesselring - 2010 in an American auction, to an unknown bidder. Quelle: Wikipedia and other sources
  11. Richthofen_crashsite.ogv.240p.vp9.webm https://luftfahrtgeschichte.com/1914-1918-jagdstaffel-und-jagdgeschwader A useful link to historical aviation
  12. More illustrations and text added. Some original works on Richthofen The autobiography first published in 1917 Biography ca. 1941 by Rolf Italiaander 1933/34, forward by Bolko v. Richthofen and Hermann Göring Biography by Hermann Kohl, ca. 1939 By Floyd Gibbons, 1927 By William E. Burrows, ca. 1968, paperback version, and 1958 by Heinz Nowarra and Brown, very recommendable. Biography by 'Vigilant', 1934, re-published by John Hamilton, ca. 1967 Jagd in Flanderns Himmel by Karl Bodenschatz, Adjutant, a diary of the Richthofen squadron in full detail, published 1940
  13. The leather of the strap seems to have been renewed, the buttons and strap fittings may be original. Also the eagle is not quite the correct type, more likely Deutsche Reichspost or some other organisation. See photos here This is the older 1st type of eagle. Older eagle, 1st type. Kepi with 2nd type eagle, Imp.War Museum photo SA eagle, 2nd type
  14. The Tsars who were murdered Iwan IV., 1740-1764 Petr III. von Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov, 1728-1762 Paul I., 1754-1801 Aleksandr II., 1818-1881 Nikolai II., 1868-1918
  15. The family in 1913 The final station: Haus Ipatjew in Jekaterinenburg, where the family were held till they were murdered
  16. How the Stasi tapped important information sources in the West during the Cold War period. The story of the IM "Romeos" and their unwitting victims:
  17. Fritz


    Berlin-Grünewald was the main collection point for deportations from Berlin
  18. Fritz

    Nebelwerfer !

    First two videos still viewable.
  19. You should take a trip there, many do. There are also WW1 battlefield tours. The Western Front Association used to organise tours. I heard that Paul Foster, a former member still organises tours. There is one due around November, but I believe this will be in the Ypres area. Perhaps he could accomodate any extra wishes.
  20. Fritz

    Nebelwerfer !

    nicht mehr verfügbar - no longer available
  21. raven wrote: I have never got such a piece, and certainly not at a fleamarket! The item lay between old tools and all sorts of junk from house clearances for a small price. Absolute lucks find. Unfortunately no stamps, but definitely a period piece. --------- Hat wohl jemand mal versucht als "Werkzeug" zu mißbrauchen. So ein Teil würde normalerweise unter lauter Werkzeug kaum auffallen! Wirklich ein Glücksfall, und hoffentlich nicht zu teuer gewesen. Ist das Stück komplett, oder fehlt ein Teil? In einem anderen Foto war noch ein Teil zum Aufsetzen, Verschluß oder Munitionsteil? Jedenfalls ziemlich rostfrei und ohne Narben oder Gebrauchsspuren. ----------- Someone probably thought they could misuse it as a tool. Such a piece would hardly be noticeable under a stack of tools! A real piece of luck, and hopefully not too expensive. Is it complete or is something missing? In another photo there was an extra part or fitting. End cap or part of ammo? In any case free of rust and no rust scars or signs of use.
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