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  1. Just acquired today, an other ranks' shoulder strap for the greatcoat in superior quality, hand-embroidered, privat purchase, possibly for a Fähnrich, from Ulanen-Regiment Kaiser Alexander III. von Russland (Westpreussisches) No. 1 - V. Armee-Korps, 10. Division, 10. Kavallerie-Brigade, together with Königs-Jäger zu Pferde Regt.Nr.1 - Ulans normally wore epaulettes, except for on the greatcoat and Litewka. Officers wore with everyday dress the normal shoulder pieces, and epaulettes for parade or formal dress. Any items from this regiment are extremely rare, and only very few items have turned up in the past 50 years of my collecting. One pair of epaulettes turned up at a Berlin auction about 20 years, ago, 2 officers Tschapkas several years ago, and two single epaulettes, officer and other ranks' at a recent auction in S.Germany. As comparison, a pair of 1914 shoulder pieces for a Leutnant of the regiment, they are fieldgrey, but with gilt crowned mongrams, these are heavy cast gilded bronze.This matching pair of shoulder pieces shown were acquired at an auction in Northern Germany about 20 years ago. A signicant member of the regiment was Manfred von Richthofen, who was commissioned as a Leutnant in Autumn 1912 and finally reached the rank of Rittmeister during the second half of the war. He was with the 3. Eskadron in Ostrowo. A cousin of his, Leutnant Gotthard Frhr. v. Richthofen, was an adjutant with the regiment. In the photo, he can be seen wearing the pre-war peacetime uniform with epaulettes. This photo was taken in 1917 after receiving the oval Carl-Eduard-Medal with bar 1914/17 and crossed swords (Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha). A further photo shows a patrol of the Alexander Ulanen during the Kaisermanoeuvre in Posen, 1902. Photo by Oskar Tellgmann, Eschwege. 3. Eskadron was based in Ostrowo, the remaining squadrons in Militsch in Silesia (since 1945 Poland), near to the border with Russia. Tsar Alexander III. was made honorary colonel-in-chief of the regiment on 26th September 1884, which then bore this title and the monogram on the epaulettes. Regimental Chiefs: 1745-1788 die des damaligen Hus.-Rgts. Nr.5 1788-1803 v. Günther 1803-1815 v. L'Estocq 1824-1832 v. Röder 1859-1865 Cäsarewitsch Nikolaus Alexandrowitsch von Russland 1865-1894 Cäsarewitsch, später Kaiser Alexander III. von Russland 1901 Großfürst Michael Alexandrowitsch von Russland Kaiserliche Hoheit. After WW1 the tradition of the regiment was carried on by 3. Eskadron, Reiter-Regiment No. 8 in Brieg.
  2. Shoulder straps, fieldgrey for other ranks from Füsilier-Regiment Prinz Heinrich von Preussen (Brandenburgisches) No.35 III. Armee Korps - fieldgrey M.1908/10 with lashes on underside to attach to the tunic. The straps are piped in red, as per III. Armeekorps One of the straps still has a lace for "Kapitulanten" stitchen on. This is black/white, the Prussian colours. Have been well worn. - fieldgrey, Sept.1915, white piped for all infantry. These pieces were sewn on directly above the shoulder seams Apparently found in a former depot in Metz, unused, still sewn together
  3. Grenadier-Regiment Prinz Carl von Preussen (2.Brandenburgisches) No.12, fieldgrey economy pattern 1914/15. Garrison: Frankfurt/Oder Infanterie-Regiment Graf Tauentzien von Wittenberg (3.Brandenburgisches) No.20, Wittenberg Infanterie-Regiment Markgraf Karl (7.Brandenburgisches) No.60, Weißenburg - this regiment belonged to the XXI. Armee-Korps (previously III.) Infanterie-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Friedrich-Karl von Preussen (8.Brandenburgisches) No.64, Prenzlau, I.u.II.Btl. / III. Bataillon, Angermünde Infanterie-Regiment von Stülpnagel (5.Brandenburgisches) No.48, Cüstrin Infanterie-Regiment von Alvensleben (6.Brandenburgisches) No.52, Cottbus / I.Btl. in Crossen Infanterie-Regiment 60 (see previous items) Grenadier-Regiment 12 (see previous) Infanterie-Regiment 64 - older pattern ca. 1860-70 Infanterie-Regiment 64 (variant with Kapitulanten lace) Infanterie-Regiment Grossherzog Friedrich-Franz von Mecklenburg-Schwerin (4.Brandenburgisches) No.24 Garrison: Neuruppin. A not quite matching pair. Füsilier-Regiment Prinz Heinrich (Brandenburgisches) Nr. 35, left strap with Kapitulantenlitze Early pattern 1908 with red corps piping, and new pattern, Sept. 1915 with white universal piping. Leibgrenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm III. (Brandenburgisches) Nr. 8, Frankfurt/O. 2. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment 77 (X. Armee-Korps, not related to this topic) Differences in manufacture and style, as these all not all from the same period, some may be as early as mid 19th Century through till 1914. After the fall of the "Iron Curtain" 1989/90 a lot of older militaria emerged into the market. A lot of these articles I aquired in mid 1990s. See also previous articles on Leib-Grenadier-Regiment 8 and Füsilier-Regiment 35
  4. Schleswig-Holsteinisches Ulanen-Regiment No. 15 Commander in Chief: Generaloberst Prinz Leopold von Preussen, K.H. Commander: Oberst von Printz Garrison: Saarburg/Lothringen (XXI. Armeekorps) A matching pair of Epaulettes for other ranks or n.c.o. ca. 1880-1890. These are considerably larger than later examples. Buttons of 1.Eskadron, one of which is a replacement. Traces of age and wear. Peakless cap and Pass-Gurtel for other ranks or n.c.o. The cap has a maker's name, Uwe N.Breininger, Militair Mützen Fabrik, Saarburg i./Lothr., Lange Str.70. The belt has a red ink stamp of U.R.15 Further photos are of a yellow Tschapka-Rabatt, which was fitted around the Tschapka throat for parade and full dress . The braid loop is for attachment of the cap-lines when worn. The Rabatt is for the older Tschapka model of 1867, which had a larger top than later models. Uniform: Dark blue "Ulanka" with yellow facings, white metal buttons. Tschapka with white metal fitings. The regiment formed a joint brigade together with Ulanen-Regiment 11, also based in Saarburg. The regiment was raised in 1867 and first based in Perleburg, Kyritz and Wusterhausen. After the war of 1870/71 the regiment was based in Strassburg/Elsass. In 1896 it moved to Saarburg. In August 1914 the regiment saw duty in patrolling the frontier in Lorraine. In September it took part in the advance to Amiens and Compiègne. After the retreat, the regiment was sent to the coast during the "race to the sea", where it saw service as dismounted infantry until December. The joint brigade then saw service till April 1915 in the Vosges and was involved in the fighting around Hartmannsweiler-Kopf. The brigade then saw service in the rear areas in Belgium. On 15th December 1916 the brigade was sent to the Eastern Front, where it remained till the end of March 1918. It was in the line at Dünaburg and advanced to Estonia and Livland. After the return to the Western Front, the brigade was converted into a fighting unit and from May 1918 took part in the defensive battles till the end of the war. After the return home, the brigade was demobilised in Osterburg/Altmark. The tradition of the regiment was maintained by 3rd Squadron, Reiter-Regiment No.11 in Gera. Further illustrations of a Ulanka of U.R.15 for a one-year volunteer, very similiar to the example I once had. Illustration by A.v.Seebach, 1885 of an Ulan (Gefreiter) of Schleswig-Holsteinisches Ulanen-Regiment 15
  5. Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich I. (4.Ostpreussisches) No.5 The regiment was raised in 1689 and was based in Danzig. It belonged to the XVII. Armee-Korps. A helmet cover for other ranks with red regimental number to the front. To the lower front are three inside brass hooks and two to the rear. Cloth covers were first introduced for manoevres and field service in 1892. In 1897 all covers received a regimental number in red, with the exception of the guards regiments, who wore no numbers. Reserve regiments were denoted by an R over the number, and Landwehr with an L, or sometimes a cross. In the Summer of 1914 green numbers were introduced, these vary in colour from a dark blue-green to a lighter grass green. At the outbreak of war, both forms were in use. This example was found on an earlier officer's helmet from that regiment. Shoulder strap M.1915 for Grenadier-Regiment 5 with monogram of Friedrich I. (reigned 1701-1714)
  6. Shoulder straps: Leib-Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm III. (Brandenburgisches) No.8 Ca.1914 peacetime, as stitched into shoulder seams. III. Armee Korps, red flags and shoulder straps Monogram is FWR III. for Friedrich Wilhelm III. This regiment was raised 1808, just before the Napoleonic Wars and was based in Frankfurt/Oder 2. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment No.77 Based in Celle/Provinz Hannover. Belonged to X.Armee-Korps, white flags and shoulder straps. Originally raised 1803. 1866/7 to Prussia. Both well pre-war, to peacetime uniform Further illustration is a monogram of fire-gilded bronze from an officer's epaulette from Leibgrenadier-Regiment 8 This is an early large size, crown not quite matching, and set on a red backing cloth.
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