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  1. Further pictures added: - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who was commander in chief of the regiment from 1898 till it's dissolution in 1918/19. - Emil Weyerbusch, Rittmeister of the Reserve and factory owner in Elberfeld. Oil painting in a museum in Krefeld. - Uniform colour scheme of the regiment from a publication before 1899, as the shoulder straps still have no monogramm and the busby still has the old line scroll without the battle honours.
  2. I had the three normal versions for 1914, 15 and 16. Parted company with these many years ago. Managed to find in the past few years the 1914 and 15 versions again, but still not the triangular 1916 version. I also have a wartime postcard depicting a 1915 version and this is gold embossed on the card with a logo, "This proves I'm a worker, who can never be dubbed a shirker..." etc. Card must be quite rare these days.
  3. Interesting - on page 11 is an entry Pz.Ers.Battl.90 in Wandsbek, which is right here where I am right now. There were several barracks in Wandsbek, and several units stationed. Inf.-Regt.90 was normally stationed outside of Hamburg-Wandsbek, in Wentorf. Other regiments in Wandsbek were Inf.-Rgt.69, Inf.-Rgt.76, Nachrichten-Abt.20, etc. There are still several barracks in the area, Douamont-Kaserne is now the Bundeswehr-Hochschule, others have since closed in the past few years for housing - Lettow-Vorbeck-Kaserne, von-Estorff-Kaserne, Hanseatenkaserne, etc.
  4. And today, there still stands the bronze statue of the proud Askari in the town of Dar-es-Salaam. There are still all the graves of those soldiers of the Schutztruppe in various areas in South West Africa (Deutsch Südwest). These are still remembered today. German has still remained the most important language in South West, and people are still proud of the traditions. South West fell under South African Mandate after 1918. The other colonies have lost most traces of German colonial rule, Togo and Kamerun went under French colonial rule, and everyone was forced to learn French, German was for
  5. Yes, I am sure - then there were camps everywhere - worldwide.
  6. Downed Luftwaffe airmen escorted by police and solders, England, 1939-40. A very impressive and moving scene. It must have been a traumatic experience for them. Most of these men were sent to Canada to reduce their chances of escape and to lessen the burden on the wartime economy in England. They were otherwise generally well looked after, which was not always the case with POWs in the postwar years, as these no longer had any international status, and no humanitarian intermediaries to see that their rights were upheld. In the immediate postwar years in Europe, pow's were forced to clear mines
  7. And following the action at Düppel, an award for the crossing of the Alsen-Sund was later awarded. Here are some examples from wikipedia and DHM, obverse and reverse of decoration and a set of medals with this decoration, showing how worn. Isued on various ribbons for combattants and non-combattants, the basic colours were blue, orange, black and white. Perhaps slightly rarer than the Düppel Cross, and known as the Alsen-Kreuz. Unable to illustrate my own examples for technical reasons. My example is on an original ribbon for combattants. The example shown is not the orginal issue, but a "Zwei
  8. There used to be quite a few of them around, but are now rarely seen. I have one in my collection, also on an older, replaced ribbon (pre 1945 old stock). A few sources now offer fairly good replacement ribbons nowadays. Following that there was the Alsen-Kreuz in gold coloured bronze, similar design, but with the Prussian Eagle over small boats, symbolising the crossiing of the Alsen-Sund in June 1864. For the 1864 campaign medal, there was also an iron version for non-combattants, similar to previous campaigns. If your example were in better condition, (possibly undervalued) it would be wort
  9. The book I have is "Entscheidung 1864" by Wilfried Vogel, appeared in Bernhard & Graefe Verlag, Bonn 1995 ISBN 3-7637-5943-3 - (German text)is well covered, some of the earliest original photos, maps, order of battle for Prussia,Austria and Denmark, etc. The Danes tend to glorify the subject and have a museum, which is interesting, but a bit one-sided. I was there many years ago in 1996, the museum was closed at the time, but the battlefields were open, you could wander from Schanze to Schanze, these reconstructed, also see the graves along the side and some of the memorials. The Danes rem
  10. A much forgotten campaign and battle, still vividly remembered in Denmark till this day. There is the preserved battlefield and museum of "Dybbol", near Sönderborg between the Jutland Peninsula and Fünen, which can be visited any time. However, the museum is only opened in Summer, the battlefield the whole year. Around the battlefield are the graves of the fallen, on Danish and Prussian sides. Before WW2 the battle was still remembered in the form of the cult around the Prussian Pionier Carl Klinke, of whom a monument still exists, this can be seen today in Spandau-Haakenfelde. The Danish
  11. There are also a couple of brilliant publications by "Verlag Militar" ia Vienna, both in English and in German: "The Emperor's Coat in WW1" and mit "Blankem Säbel" (edged weapons), and several others. Rather pricy and cost about 95 Euros each title. Each book has good detailed colour photos of original items from museums and renowned sources.
  12. Further pictures of the city of Königsberg, the provinical capital of East and West Prussia. The first picture shows an aerial view of the old centre of Königsberg, 1925 The second is of the Schlossteich, the small lake next to the castle, 1912 The third shows all the regimental standards of the garrison of Königsberg before 1914 The fourth shows the End in April 1945. Officers as p.o.w. in the ruins of Königsberg The fifth shows the ruins of the city of Königsberg after its fall. View from the tomb of Immanuel Kant
  13. Yes, there are just some items you can never replace, once you have parted with them. I hope to keep items like this as long as possible. The above item was purchased in the early 1980s at an Arms Fair in London. You just don't find quality like this anymore. Luckily these items have all stayed in their original condition. When I think of the items I saw in East Berlin a few years back, completely decayed and shrunken.
  14. Liesel Neusüss in Königsberg, February - April 1942 Walter Neusüß flew until around end of 1941. After sustaining a further wounding, he was from around January till end of April 1942 in or near Königsberg, firstly for treatment and recovery and then presumably for further training. The wounds he had probably received on the Eastern Front, at the time Kampgeschwader 4 was operating in various sectors in Russia. After the wounds he was no longer with Kampfgeschwader 4. From February till April 1942 his wife came from Hamburg to be nearby. The little daughter, Birgitt, stayed with the grandpa
  15. Prussian Guard Officer Helmet A classical example of an officers helmet of the Prussian Guard Infantry regiments. An almost luxurious quality, with finely gilded fittings. Makers name impressed into the leather sweatband as Robrecht & Co., Berlin which was a well-known officers military outfitter at the time, from around. 1912-14, with a fairly tall spike. This pattern of helmet was worn by the following Guards regiments: 2, 3. & 4. Garde-Regiment-zu-Fuss and Garde-Grenadier-Regimenter 1,2,3,4 & 5, all stationed in Berlin. The 1st and 2nd batallions wore white parade plum
  16. I would suggest flat glass display cases if you have enough space available. However, medals and decorations should be protected from sunlight and dust. Mounting and pinning of ribbons should be avoided for obvious reasons. Otherwise a cabinett with flat drawers is ideal. Medal envelopes are also okay.
  17. Helmet, Regiment der Gardes du Corps An 1889 other ranks model helmet of the Regiment der Gardes du Corps with Parade Eagle. The helmet shell is a good cleaned condition, the liner has been replaced at some time. Chinscales with some patina on rosettes and steel screw mounts, as worn before introduction of 1894 pattern. Original Reichs cockade, the Prussian cockade is a replacement. Emblem is the socalled guard star or Gardestern in white metal with a copper medallion centre, mounted with a blackened iron heraldic eagle attached at the rear with a leather strip. Around the medallion is a sc
  18. http://www.gotech.at/lalemenue.html- homepage Luftkriegsschule 7 Langenlebarn http://www.gotech.at/lale2/langenlebarn_2.html- The Luftwaffe in Langenlebarn, the school http://www.gotech.at/lale3/langenlebarn_3.html- school and school personnel http://www.gotech.at/todesopfer1939bis1951.html- casualties lists 1939-45 Luftkriegsschule 7 - a short history. A page very much worth exploring, a German text. Interesting page with subpages about the Luftkriegsschule Tulln-Langenlebarn from 1938 till 1945, by Dr. mag. Hubert Prigl of Vienna. Oberfeldwebel Neusüß and
  19. Have you tried the Deutsche Dienststelle in Berlin? - they are also on the internet I see it mentions he is buried - looks like Hochdamm an der Strasse östlich der Ortschaft Witebsk (embankment on the road east of the area of Witebsk). It would be almost impossible to find anything today. Only the Kriegsgräberfürsorge or archaeologists would be able to do something. Most of the graves no longer exist anyway, all traces have been lost in course of time. The Kriegsgräberfürsorge is financed mostly by private donations, and these are getting less year by year. Apart from that the political situ
  20. Franz Fischer sounds like an Austrian by name. The entry in the book should probably be "Ortschaft" (area of)and Witebsk. Witebsk was lost on 27.6.1944. Many of the German cemeteries did not survive the German retreat. After the fall of the Soviet Union and much negotiations, attempts to recover and rebury German war dead were made and new proper cemeteries were established by the "Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge" in Kassel. Unfortunately, many of the field graves were plundered in the postwar years and many dogtags and other items stolen, so that identification no longer possible. Information
  21. Further to your post about fate of Heinkel 1H+GK being lost over the North Sea on 3rd February 1940, Following crew is listed in the squadron's losses for that date in the book by Rudi Schmidt in "Achtung - Torpedos los! Der strategische und operative Einsatz des Kampfgeschwaders 26" - Ofw. Fritz Wiemer (Pilot) Fw. Franz Schnee (Observer) Uffz. Alfred Dittrich (Radio Operator) Uffz. Willi Wolf (+) (Board Technician) The first three are listed as v,g = vermisst/Gefangenschaft, missing / prisoner of war. The board technician always seemed to have the most dangerous role.
  22. A very interesting group of papers indeed. Even the certificate of the Reichsbahndirektion Erfurt is included. Many prisoners of war landed in the Russian Zone after their release. Of course, in those days, many did not have a choice, or they chose to go back to their original homes, in the hope of returning to their families. Life was very hard in the Russian occupation zone and later GDR (or DDR), especially with the Stasi having full records of everyone's past. Also Many able-bodied persons were aducted and deported to the Soviet Union as slave labour and kept in harsh conditions for many y
  23. Garde-Ulanen Tschapka, fieldgrey - now transferred to main article "Pickelhaube", 23.01.2020
  24. Husar Regiments in the Prussian Army Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment, Potsdam, 1815 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr. 1, Danzig-Langfuhr, 1741 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr. 2, Danzig-Langfuhr, 1741 Husaren-Regiment von Zieten (Brandenburgisches) Nr. 3, Rathenow, 1730 Husaren-Regiment von Schill (1. Schlesisches) Nr. 4, Ohlau, 1741 Husaren-Regiment Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt (Pommersches) Nr. 5, Stolp, 1758 Husaren-Regiment Graf Goetzen (2. Schlesisches) Nr. 6, Leobschutz/Ratibor, 1808 Husaren-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (1. Rheinisches)
  25. And here is an aerial photo in Summer 1945 taken by USAF of the Fliegersiedlung next to the Airfield in Langenlebarn. Many buildings were destroyed, when after pulling out, the Waffen-SS tried to blow up as much as possible, before the Russians arrived. More damage was caused by the fighting. The Red Army took the area on 7th April 1945, just five days after Family Neusüss left.
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