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Garde-Ulanen Tschapka, fieldgrey
Fritz posted a topic in Helmets and HeadgearGarde-Ulanen Tschapka, fieldgrey - now transferred to main article "Pickelhaube", 23.01.2020
Bavarian Officer Tunic, fieldgrey
Fritz posted a topic in Uniforms, Belts and BucklesTransferred to new article under "fieldgrey"
Christmas 1914 and 1916
Fritz posted a topic in Photos and Paperwork2 British postcards with Christmas Greetings, undated, unwritten, WW1 period A Queen Mary Christmas Fund gift for the troops, Christmas 1914, gilt brass cigarette tin, which once contained cigarettes or tobacco, a greeting card from Queen Mary with portrait., now empty. A cigar case, black-lacquered iron with a medallion portrait to top left corner of Crownprince Wilhelm. To the rear of the tin is a silver inlaid inscription,V. Armee - Weihnachten 1916 Kronprinz Wilhelm was nominal commander of the Armeegruppe Kronprinz in the Verdun area. Slight damage to one edge of portrait. A few items with a Christmas spirit.
Grenadier-Regiment 3, Epitaph for the Fallen
Fritz posted a topic in Photos and PaperworkOfficer losses: Originally a newspaper cutting from an early post-WW1 newspaper, discovered in an old book. This is an epitaph to all officers of Ostpreußisches Grenadier-Regiment No. 3, who fell in the 1914-1918 war. The regiment was based in Königsberg i./Pr., present day Russia. The document is undersigned in the Name of the Officer Corps of the former Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm I. (Ostprpeuß.) No.3 van den Bergh - Oberst und Regimentskommandeur - The losses listed are officers only. Apart from this, over 5.490 ncos and other ranks fell. Exact date of newspaper cutting cannot be assessed, probably early to mid 1920s. Two photos, due to length.
German helmet covers
Fritz posted a topic in Helmets and HeadgearVarious German helmet covers as from 1892: First model helmet cover with attached spike and leather spike lining, brass hooks, no numbers, very pale sandy rush coloured material Wartime model, 1914/15, a slightly taller, non removable spike, the peak has squared corners, possibly for a Bavarian nco, green wartime numbers -23- re-attached, iron hooks, side-slits for chinstrap. 2 helmet covers from estate of same wearer - older light sandy colour with dark red numerals -151- inner red band for reversal for wear on manoeuvres if required, brass attachment hooks, one of which is missing. Further cover in mixed colours more of a fieldgrey with bright red numerals -151- Inside is a red manoeuvre band, DRP patent flaps to front and rear, typical of later officers covers. Definitely early WW1 period for so-called Ausmarschuniform 1914. Further pictures show the manoeuvre bands inside. J.R. 151 was part of the 37. Div., and was based in Sensburg, II. Btl., in Bischofsburg in East Prussia, and took part in the Battle of Tannenberg in Autumn 1914 remaining on the Eastern Front till December 1917, when it was transferred to the Western Front, taking part in the battles in the Champagne region in Spring of 1917, later involved in the fighting in the Verdun area in August and September 1918. Helmet cover after September 1915, with separate spike, now missing, for Infanterie-Regt. 116, green numerals original machine-stiched, mixed greygreen fabric with leather-reinforced side slits. J.R. 116 was involved in the heavy battles at Verdun in 1916. Helmet cover 1897-1914 - with red cloth numerals for Grenadier-Regiment 5, as worn at outbreak of war. In 1892 cloth covers were introduced for manoevre and field wear. As from 22. March 1897 red numbers were introduced for all headdress, excluding Guards regiments, which bore no number. In Spring 1914 numbers were to be changed to green. Since the outbreak of hositilies, orders were sometimes given to remove the numbers in the field, counter-orders stated to re-place the numerals, there was a lot of confusion on this, sometimes the numbers were then painted or stencilled back on. German = Helmüberzug, (pl.: Helmüberzüge) Early 1892 cover with old form of spike construction with a leather lining, still without numbers as applied in 1897. The Guards regiments wore no numbers. A 1915 fieldgrey cover with non-removable long spike and and square peak corners. Numbers have been removed and re-applied at some stage, as per field orders, which were given as order and counter order. A later example as worn Summer 1914. Reversable interior with red manoevre band and stamped D.R.P. (Deutsches Reichspatent) An early example after 1897 Inside (reversable) with red manoevre band, this example is with brass hooks A model 1897 cover with regiments number 5, possibly Grenadier-Regt.5 or 5. Bayerisches Infanterie-Regt.? Fieldgrey cover for Infanterie-Regt.116 as per the Sept.1915 regulations, and with removable spike (missing), leather reinforced side slits
Gew.98 accessory - Mündungsschoner
Fritz posted a topic in De-activated and Antique Guns, Munitions and FuzesMuzzle cover - Mündungsschoner for a WW1 Gew 98 rifle. Strangely enough this will not fit the WW1 Kar 98a, but only the G.98 (and also WW2 K.98) Unlike the mass-produced WW2 examples, this is a piece that is manufactured with ultimate precision, just like a fine weapon, so is not just a cheap throwaway accessory. Theoreticly every G.98 should have had one of these. The muzzle front has a hinged flap, to enable the rifle to be fired without removing the cover. A steel arch fits neatly over the front sight, without hindering the aim. To the rear is a concealed spring fitting, enabling the object to be set on the barrel/front sight, or again to be removed. There are two small arsenal markings on the back of the arch, a crowned B cypher and below this, a T, significance of which I do not know. Some slight rust staining in places. These are sometimes seen in WW1 photographs. The Mündungsschoner protected the muzzle not just against rain and dirt, but could also prevent physical damage to same. A rare accessory for the G.98 and hard to obtain. First one I have seen so-far, and in my possession for several years now.
On War Service Badges, 1914 and 1915
Fritz posted a topic in British Medals and BadgesTwo British WW1 On War Service Badges, version 1914 and 1915. These were for munitions and other indispensible workers, who for the moment were not to be conscripted, although conscription was not introduced till Janaury 1916. This was for other moral reasons, as often young men of military service age, when seen in civilian dress seemed morally obliged to volunteer for active service. A further badge was introduced in 1916, triangular in shape. Each badge had a serial number to the rear. The 1915 badge is accompanied by a souvenir postcard depicting that emblem. The card is titled with "Hearty Greetings" - "From a Munition worker - Helping to carry on". The text starts with: "This is Badge proves I'm a worker, Who can ne'er be dubbed a shirker, And my output proves that I have put on speed, So with pride my Badge I'll wear To prove I do my share - For Country and the Lads, when they're in need." Unfortunately, again poor photo quality.
WW1 Commemorative Medals of the Central Powers
Fritz posted a topic in Imperial German and other Nations Medals and BadgesThree still quite common commemorative medals of the Great War, issued by Germany's allies. These were all issued post war in the late 1920s and 1930s, Bulgaria even awarded these during the early 1940s. The first medal is a commemorative medal for 1914-18 from the First Austrian Republic (Deutschösterreich) of semi-official status. After 1918 the Austrian Empire split up. This medal was also worn with crossed swords on the ribbon, and more rarely, crossed swords mounted on the ring. Hungary became a titular monarchy in the absence of a monarch, and ruled by Reichsverweser Admiral Horthy, formerly of the Austrian k.u.k. Kriegsmarine. The second decoration is Hungarian, and has the motto on the reverse PRO DEO ET PATRIA; retaining the custom of the latin inscription from imperial days. The third medal is the Bulgarian Kriegserinnerungsmedaille, 1915-18, as Bulgaria entered the war in the second year. This medal was produced under contract by a firm in Switzerland. Each medal was awarded with a decorative certificate in cyrillic lettering. German veterans, who were entitled to this, had to order this at their own cost. Bulgaria remained a monarchy until 1944. These examples are all on the Austrian trifold style of ribbon mounting, which did not apply to Germany.
Prussian Officer M.1915 field cap
Fritz posted a topic in Helmets and HeadgearA good example of a Prussian M.1915 officer field cap, as worn by infantry or a specific cavalry regiment with red facings. This example was probably from a regiment or person with a somewhat higher status, the inside of the peak has a deep red finish, associated with Garde, staff or general officers. The cap was offered to me many years ago at an arms fair in the North of Germany, together with the wearer's spurs and shoulder pieces, unfortunately, I only went for the cap. This itself has a few slight moth holes, and some slight rust staining to the top. The liner is of a heavy embroidered silk material as normally used for household, curtains, etc., due to wartime shortages. The sweatband is of a good brown leather, with a deep red silk bow at the back. There is no maker's mark or details of the wearer, the silk liner has shredded in a couple of places, but minimal for age. The field grey top is of a rough field serge, the band and piping of fine red cloth. Both Reichs- and Prussian officer cockades to the front. The peak is of good vulcan fibre with a well kept black finish, inside red. The chinstrap is of black patent leather and easily adjustable. The cap looks as though it has been worn at the Front, and has been in contact with rain and weather.
2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr. 14 – Memorial
Fritz posted a topic in History Forum2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment 14, Memorial Some shots taken of the memorial in Verden/Aller in early June 2004. The memorial is an equestrian statue in bronze of an Ulan of the 6th Regiment standing on a large sandstone plinth next to the old Cathedral in Verden. The memorial was erected in memory of those of the regiment who fell in the 1914-18 War.All round the plinthe are the names of the fallen, and the battles in which the regiment took part.
Mecklenburg Belt Buckle
Fritz posted a topic in Uniforms, Belts and BucklesMecklenburg Belt Buckle An original example of a rare Mecklenburg belt buckle, M.95. This example has been somewhat corroded due to bad storage over the years, slightly cleaned, some staining and scratches, minor suface verdigris in smaller patches to rear. No makers mark, which was usually on the leather tab, which is no longer present. This pattern was worn by non-mounted troops of the state of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Mecklenburg-Strelitz had a different pattern without the star underlying the emblem, which was slightly larger. This pattern of buckle was worn by Grenadier-Regt.89 I./III. Btls., Füsilier-Regt.90, Jäger-Btl.14 and Feld-Art.-Regt.60. These buckles are now quite rare. Photo is not too good.