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Yesterday, the museum had a visit from a relative of

Otto Telschow (27. Februar 1876 in Wittenberge; † 31. Mai 1945 in Lüneburg) was the son of a justice official and started as a scholar at the Königlich Preußisches Militär-Knaben-Erziehungsinstitut in Schloß Annaburg at Wittenberg. He was an Unteroffizier in Husaren-Regiment 15 from 1898 till 1902 and had been previously with Ulanen-Regiment 2** in Saarebourg from 1893 till 1897. Up till the outbreak of war in 1914 he had been a policeman. He was then drafted as a Feldlazarett-Inspekteur and saw service 1914-17 at the front in in Flanders, Rumania and the Baltic. As from end of 1917 till late 1918 he was Lazarett-Oberinspekteur in Reservelazarett III in Bremen.

He was married to Clara Jenny Philippine Gevert. At the end of WW1 he was an administration official with the Polizeibehörde Hamburg, as Polizei-Obersekretär. In 1942, as Gauleiter of Ost-Hannover-Ost, he was given the former landed Estate in Lenau of the industrialist Richard Toepffer and 40 acres of land from the state as a gift. On these grounds he built a bunker, parts of which still remain.

Telschow fled from his villa in the Lüneburger Schießgrabenstraße 8/9 after the entry of British forces. He was found in a Jagdschloß near Dahlenburg and arrested and attempted suicide, and died of the result of this on 31. May 1945.

(source: Wikipedia)
** cannot be Ulanen-Regt.2, in Saarebourg stood Ulanen-Regt.11 and 15

 

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Otto Telschow as Gauleiter of Hannover-Ost

 

A presentation "Mein Kampf" from Otto Telschow to A.H. was sold for
 $32,500
Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
September 14, 2017 11:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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Recently there was a telephone call to the museum. A private person in Ludwigslust wanted to offer the museum a book, which he had inherited from his father. We were curious and asked about the title, and were told it was the standard WW1 regimental history of Husaren-Regiment 15 by E.von Trauwitz-Hellwig. The museum staff in the background reminded me that we have two examples on our bookshelf and I think one pristine example in a glass showcase, so then they advised me I could purchase this privately, if I wished. I made him a first offer, which he didn't accept, so the second offer he accepted for 80 Euros. The book was said to be in very good condition apart from the cover and edges being somewhat "stockfleckig" (foxing stains caused through dampness or bad storage, often appear with age on paper etc.). I was then informed by telephone the same evening that the book had been posted same day, but collection the following day. Two days later the book arrived safely, so that I was able to check its condition, and transfer him the sum agreed on.  The cover is good, just the yellow back has age staining, as well as the edges of the pages, a couple of pages within are with some considerable staining, but in all, acceptable, considering the book was printed in 1931 and survived the war years, the Soviet invasion and over 40 years of occupation and oppression postwar. You wouldn't want to have been caught with a book like this in your possession during the DDR years.

Regimental histories have always been rather expensive. This is the first one in my collection. Many years ago I obtained a briliant work about the Infanterie-Lehr Regiment 1914-18 for someone in the Western Front Association living in South Africa.

The owner had inherited the book from his father, who had served with Reiter-Regiment 4 in Stendal and later Potsdam, afterwards with Reiter-Regiment Bamberg and in WW2, how he came in possession of the book, the son didn't know.

There are many regimental histories still available on the market, but if you are looking for any particular regiment, this is always hard to find.
The book was published and printed by Fr. Puvogel's Buchdruckerei, Wandsbek (1931)

Frontplates depicting Kaiser Wilhelm II. as Commander in Chief of the Prussian Army (in the uniform of Leib-Husaren-Regt.1, Danzig),
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands as Honorary Chief of the Regiment
Oberst von Zieten as Commander of the Regiment, as well as various photos taken on the Eastern Front from November 1914 till the end of the war.

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Looks like a lovely book Paul, can you post some pictures of the inside?

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posted some further text and  photos of the book contents.

The Table of Contents of the book is a good chronological overview of the events from August 1914 till the demobilisation of the regiment in 1919:

 

Teil I: Kurzer Überblick über die Geschichte des Regiments von 1866 bis 1914

Teil II: Der Weltkrieg von 1914 bis 1918

A) Der Feldzug im Westen

1. Kapitel: Mobilmachung. Vormarsch durch Belgien und Nordfrankreich

Vom 1. August bis 5. September 1914

2. Kapitel: Marneschlacht, Rückmarsch und Schlacht an der Aisne

Vom 6. bis 18. September 1914

3. Kapitel: Der Wettlauf zum Meer

Vom 19. September bis 14. November 1914

 

 

B) Der Feldzug im Osten

4. Kapitel: Grenzschutz an Ostpreußens Südgrenze und Kämpfe in Nordpolen

Vom 14. bis 30. November 1914

5. Kapitel: Kämpfe an Bzura und Rawka. Weichselschutz vor Plock

Vom 30. November 1914 bis 8. Februar 1915

6. Kapitel: Die Winterschlacht in Masuren. Kämpfe am Bobr

Vom 9. bis 25. Februar 1915

7. Kapitel: Kämpfe in Nordpolen beiderseits des Omulew

Vom 26. Februar bis 21. März 1915

8. Kapitel: Vorstoß auf Simno. Stellungskämpfe zwischen Kalwarja und Marjampol

Vom 22. März bis 7. Mai 1915

 

 

9. Kapitel: In Kurland und Litauen

Vom 8. Mai 1915 bis 22. Juni 1917

I. Kämpfe in Wenta und Dubissa

Vom 8. Mai 1915 bis 23. Juni 1915

II. Vorstoß gegen die Windau und Sperrung der Windau

Vom 24. Juni bis 14. Juli 1915

III. Gefechte bis zur Einnahme von Mitau

Vom 14. Juli bis 3. August 1915

IV. Stellungskämpfe an der Aa. Vormarsch bis zur Ekkau

Vom 4. August bis 4. September 1915

V. Kämpfe westlich Friedrichstadt. Gefechte bei Strigge , Rose und Zuken

Vom 5. bis 23. September 1915

VI. Stellungskämpfe an der Düna zwischen Friedrichstadt und Riga

Vom 24. September bis 7. November 1915

VII. Stellungskämpfe vor Dünaburg

Vom 7. September 1915 bis 19. November 1916

VII. Küstenschutz Nordkurlands

Vom 20. November 1916 bis 22. Juni 1917

 

 

10. Kapitel: Bekämpfung des Bandenunwesens im Bereich der Etappeninspektion 10

Vom 24. Juni bis 12. Juli 1917

11. Kapitel: Stellungskämpfe an der Lomnica

Vom 15. bis 22. Juli 1917

Verfolgungsgefechte durch Ost-Galizien und Bukowina 

Vom 23. Juli bis 5. August 1917

Gefechte bei Kolomea, 26. Juli 1917

Stellungskämpfe um Czernowitz

Vom 6. August bis 7. Oktober 1917

12. Kapitel: Etappendienst bei der Militärverwaltung in Rumänien

Vom 15. Oktober 1917 bis 15. Juni 1918

13. Kapitel: Sicherungsdienst in Litauen und Weißrußland

Vom 25. Juni bis 10. November 1918

14. Kapitel: Räumung des besetzten Ostgebiets und Rückkehr in die Heimat

Vom 11. November 1918 bis 2. Februar 1919

Teil III: Auflösung des Regiments. Übergang in die Reichswehr

Mai / September 1919

Ehrentafel

Ehren-Rangliste

Von den Husarenpferden

Die Ersatz-Eskadron

Bund der Vereine des ehemaligen Husaren-Regiments Königin Wilhelmina der Niederlande (Hannoversches) Nr. 15

Regimentslied

Personenverzeichnis

 

 

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Discovered, the graves of 45 Hussars, ncos and officers at Tirschussola, Lettland, believed to have been destroyed after WW2, have since been re-discovered. A team from the Bundeswehr had been searching for them in the 1990s after the fall of the Iron Curtain, but without success. No traces could be found, although old pictures and believed accurate information were available.
 
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Page 6 of List:
 
Kreis Jēkabpils
 
85 / 1 Stadt Akniste Friedhof ElsiteOknist 45 1915-1918.I3 Betonkreuzchen
 
86 / 2 Gem. Dignaja 1,5 km v. Vandani auf d. Straße Zasa Giteran (Stuhrnjek) 44 1915.IX -1917.X 6 Betonplatten und Fundament des Denkmals
 
87 / 3 Stadt Jekabpils, ev-.luth. Friedhof der Stadt Jakobstadt 19 (?) 1917;1919.XI- 1920.II Größte Nr. der Betonkreuzchen – 19 (16 erhaltengeblieben)
 
88 / 4 Stadt Jekabpils Ecke der Straßen Kapu u.Zala Jakobstadt? 1917. IX 3 Kreuzchen erhaltengeblieben
 
89 / 5 Gem. Rubene Friedhof Rubeni Rubinen 44 1915-1917, 10 Betonkreuzchen( größte Nr. – 54). 1989 ausgebildeter Steinhaufen mit eisernem Kreuz in der Mitte
 
90 / 6 Gem. Rubene, Friedhof Lucani, Ljutzan, 23n1915.X -1917.VII, 15 Betonkreuzchen
 
91 / 7 Gem. Rubene, beim Selu-Friedhof von Kaldabruna, Kaltenbrunn (Tirschussola)? 1915.XII-1917.VIII, 45 indiv. Gedenkzeichen aus Feldstein; Denkmal „Husaren Regiment Königin Wilhelmina der Niederlande (Hannov) Nr 15

92 / 8 Gem. Sala bei der Birzu-Kirche, Buschhof, 219, 1915.IX -1917.IX, 16, Zentr. Denkmal (1942), einige (14) Betonkreuzchenabgebrochen; 4 Gedenkzeichen aus Stein
 
93 / 9 Gem. Sala bei Zaki ( linke Seite d. alten Straße Jekabpils-Viesite) Sati? 1915-1917, Stark zerstört, verwildert; Denkmal umgeworfen
 
94 / 10 Gem. Sala bei Gustini; linke Seite d. Elkschne III < 308 Zentraldenkmal (1933), Betonkreuzchen (größte Nr. - 35)
 
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Regimental Standard of Husaren-Regiment 15, presently in the Brandenburg-Preußen Museum in Wustrau/Brandenburg. Together with the standard cloth, there is also the band with bars for the war of 1870/71. The Saekular-Bänder are in possession of the Museum in Wandsbek. The Standartenstock is said to be in possession of the Wehrgeschichtliches Museum in Rastatt, probably now in Potsdam, the Fahnenring with "Hus.R.15" appeared in an auction several years ago for 350 Euros, the Standartenspitze is apparently lost.

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(Link to above site)

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A photo, said to be of Rittmeister Friedrich Wilhelm von Platen, whose photo is missing from the official Officers Album of the Regiment, was never added.
A photo of the last page in the album with the space for the missing photo of Rittmeister von Platen.

 

Rittmeister Friedrich Wilhelm von Platen

Inf.-Regiment Nr. 91, Husaren-Regiment Nr. 15, Ulanen-Regiment Nr. 5 und Garde-Kav.-Schützen-Division

Mit Kriegsausbruch ins Feld gerückt, war er 1918 letztlich Generalstabsoffizier in der 21. Inf.-Division. Später Schwadronsführer bei den Ulanen Nr. 5,

fiel der „Bitz“ genannte Offizier am 23. März 1920 bei den Ruhrkämpfen in der Nähe von Hamborn an der Spitze seiner Schwadron,

found under:

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Just received some photos of regimental interest.  One photo is of Ewald von Trauwitz-Hellwig, the author of the regimental history, and another of his brother, Otto von Trauwitz-Hellwig in the uniform of Husaren-Regiment 17 (wearing an Adjutantenschärpe over the right shoulder). Another photo is of officers during a manoever, centre, seated, Oberstleutnant von Schuckmann, commander of the regiment from 1907-1909, standing to the left is an officer from a Garde-Grenadier-Regiment, another is from Grenadier-Regiment 12.

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new pictures posted, this topic under 24. April 2017

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An undated photo showing Husars in various uniform types.  A recently taken photo of the von-Hein-Straße in Wandsbek, over 100 years later,
if not exactly the same spot, it must be quite near to that spot, an interesting comparison

 

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Invitation and Program for the unveiling of the Memorial, 9. June 1923

 

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An interesting picture by a well known artist of his day, unfortunately, forgot to note the name, but signature looks like Karl Müller, Hambg, 99. The scene is between 22. March 1897 and 1903. On the left is a Musketier (Gemeiner) of 2. Hanseatisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 76 - clearly visible is the Reichskokarde on his cap, introduced on 22. March 1897. The Man on the right is a Gefreiter (collar buttons) of Husaren-Regiment Nr. 15 in Wandsbek. The falling hair Busch on the busby was replaced by a new standing white horsehair hackle in 1903. He has probably made a gallant remark to the lady opposite, much to the annoyance of the rather "steif" young Hamburger at her side.

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Text edited / completed.

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Tirschussola (Kaltenbrunn), Lettland (Latvia)

This information about the site of the graves at Tirschussola has just been  received and passed on to me from Deutscher Kriegsgräberfürsorge in Holland via a contact there:

"Wir nehmen Bezug auf Ihre Email vom 27.02. d.J., mit der Sie sich nach dem Soldatenfriedhof in Kaltenbrunn, heute Tirschussola, erkundigt haben, auf dem die im Ersten Weltkrieg gefallenen Angehörigen des Husaren Regiments Königin Wilhelmina der Niederlande Nr. 15 erkundigt haben. Dass wir Ihnen erst heute eine Antwort geben, bitten wir zu entschuldigen. Anlässlich der Vielzahl von Anfragen von Chronisten, Forschern und Historikern, mit der Bitte um Auswertung unserer Unterlagen bzw. unserer Datenbank, können wir diese nicht immer wie gewünscht oder zeitnahe bearbeiten. Wir sind seit den Grenzöffnungen im Osten mit einer Vielzahl neuer Aufgaben konfrontiert worden, daher können wir nur Anfragen in erster Linie beantworten, die sich unmittelbar auf gefallene/vermisste Familienangehörige beziehen.

Ergänzend müssen wir Ihnen auch mitteilen, dass die Bearbeitung von Anfragen zu historischen oder ortschronistischen Zwecken keine satzungsgemäße Aufgabe unseres Vereins ist. Der Volksbund hat auch keinen Status eines Archivs.

Der damalige Kriegerfriedhof in Tirschussola ist in den Unterlagen des Volksbundes verzeichnet. Laut der uns vorliegenden Belegungsliste wurden auf diesen Friedhof seinerzeit 47 Gefallene bestattet. Davon waren 31 Tote Angehörige der Husarenregimente Nr.15 und 16. zum Regiment Nr. 15 gehörten

20 und dem Regiment Nr. 16 zehn Gefallene an. Bei einem der Gefallenen ist keine Regimentsnummer verzeichnet. Für 2019 ist ein Arbeitseinsatz der Bundeswehr zur Instandsetzung auf diesem Friedhof geplant. Im Anhang finden Sie die uns gegenwärtig vorliegenden Aufnahmen der Anlage zu Ihrer Kenntnis."

 

- Wir sind als private Organisation auf Spenden und Beiträge von Mitgliedern und Förderern angewiesen. Bitte unterstützen auch Sie die schwere und humanitäre Arbeit des Volksbundes. Über eine Spende für unsere Aktivitäten würden wir uns sehr freuen. Nutzen Sie hierfür bitte die unten angegebenen Bankverbindungen.

Rabobank, Ysselstein Venray

Nr. 1593.04.733

BIC: RABONL2UXXX

IBAN: NL74 RABO 0159 3047 33

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Great news the site has been found again. Hopefully some one will now look after the graves. It's a shame these men have been forgotten for all these years.   

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Work is supposed to be starting sometime in the new year with the support and direction of the Volksbund Deutscher Kriegsgräberfürsorge and a team from the Bundeswehr, possibly also with local support, as often. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Letts did try to upkeep and repair damage to the cemeteries, they also kept, maintained and used original records as far as possible. During the communist years there were many cases where local people upkept some graves and set up candles, e.g., in Hungary.

Work is also supposed to be starting  in the New Year in Hamburg-Wandsbek with the restauration of the Husaren-Denkmal. A restoration specialist from Berlin has got the contract from the Denkmalamt Hamburg.

https://www.volksbund.de/kriegsgraeberstaette/tirschussola.html

 

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Translation:
"We refer to your Email of 27.02.18, with which you enquired as to the War Cemetery in Kaltenbrunn, today known as Tirschussola, as to the graves of members of Husaren-Regiment Königin Wilhelmina der Niederlande Nr.15. We apologise for answering so late. Due to the vast amount of chronists, researchers and historians who request for information from our data bank, we can only answer these enquiries gradually. Since the opening of the borders in the East we have been confronted with a vast number of enquries from families as to their relatives on such gravesites, and which take first consideration.

We must also point out that the processing of enquiries of historical or local nature are not the responsability of our Association. The Volksbund does not have the status of an archive.

The former War Cemetery of Tirschussola is held in the records of the Volksbund. According to our records 47 fallen were buried at this cemetery at the time. Of these were 31 dead from Husaren-Regiments 15 and 16, of whom were 20 from the Husaren-Regt. 15and 10 from Husaren-Regt. 16.

For 2019 a task force from the Bundewehr has been planned for the restauration. Attached are all available photos of the cemetery for your information."

- We are a private organisation, which is dependant on donations from members and promoters from the general public. Please support the difficult humanitarian work of the Volksbund. We would be delighted to receive a donation for our activities. Please use the following bank details.

Rabobank, Ysselstein Venray

Nr. 1593.04.733

BIC: RABONL2UXXX

IBAN: NL74 RABO 0159 3047 33

 

 

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The old railway station in Wandsbek-Marienthal. This is still outwardly basicly unchanged. Early 20th Century picture, Hussars in front of the station, they are armed with carbines, but in undress fatique order, without further equipment. Photo has been hand coloured at some stage, presumably an old postcard. This from the archive of Photoatelier Mercedes Riedel, Wandsbek.

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A photo from circa 1936, showing Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen and other dignitaries in front of the old memorial for Husaren-Regiment 15. Background scene at corner Kurvenstrasse / Am Husarendenkmal is unchanged, as it appears today, the building in the background is now part of a home for the elderly.

 

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Old and new times - Wandsbeker Marktstrasse, circa 1936, in the background is Hotel Tiefenthal, which is still there. However, every single building apart from Karstadt, was rebuilt after the war. Reason for the parade unknown. Soldiers are of Kavallerie-Regiment 14 from Ludwigslust, A-Squadron of which was the traditional descendant of Husaren-Regt.15. They are wearing the new Wehrmacht uniforms and the old M.18 cavalry helmet (cutout pattern). The standard bearers of the various squadrons are carrying the old standards of their predecessor regiments. In the background are the symbols of the new times, and all present have their arms raised in the new salute.

 

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The von-Lengercke-Straße, photo taken facing  southwards. The building on the corner is presently due to be demolished and luxury appartments built, this building should be under conservation, but the building lobby is too powerfull at the moment. This photo around 1890 shows a Husar from Regiment 15, which was stationed in the former Danish Dragonerkaserne just a few metres opposite until 1893.

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The same site taken on 15. February 2019

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The old Danish Dragonerkaserne (left) in the von-Lengercke-Straße**, used till 1893. This photo from an old postcard, Photoatelier Mercedes Riedel.

** originally von-Lengercke-Strasse, today spelt as Lengerkestrasse. Correct is actually von Lengercke, as it is a person's name and cannot therefore be changed at random.

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Various pictures kindly sent from Holland

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A patrol in France during the Franco-Prussian War. The stirrups were probably wrongly adjusted, which can be of great disadvantage at the wrong moment, the one Husar to the left re-adjusts his stirrups, while the other man holds lookout. Artist unknown, possibly Emil Hünten, (*Paris, 1827,  + Düsseldorf, 1902)

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A post 1919 photo for a reunion

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The first memorial from 1923. Some of the names are quite familiar.

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An informal gathering at the memorial, ca. 1936, before the statue was errected.

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The standard bearer. Probably taken 1915 in Russia. Later, all regimental flags and standards were sent home to their garrisons for safekeeping, in order to avoid the risk of capture.

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The old Danish Dragonerkaserne in Wandsbek from 1854, Lengerckestraße, used till 1893, when the regiment moved to the new building. Used again during World War I by other troops. It was later sold and demolished after WW1.

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The new building in the Schilleranlage, parts of which remain today.

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A group of NCOs of the Musikkorps, H.R. 15 with Obermusikmeister Sippel

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Trompeterkorps zu Pferde

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Carl August, Erb-Großherzog von Sachsen-Weimar, K.H., was from 1873 till 1875 "à la suite des Regiments"

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Heinrich XIX., Prinz von Reuß, Durchlaucht, ca. 1872, was also à la suite Kgl. Bayerischer Chevauleger, also 1. Garde-Dragoner-Regt., died 1904.

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Just for a touch of humour - Alexander Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Graf zu Hachenburg in "Narrenkostüm", and the Prince how he should look when "sober", ca. 1870

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Großherzog Friedrich Franz II. von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Regimentschef, till ca. 1883.

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Seconde-Lieutenant Graf von Metaxas, 1878 abkommandiert vom Königlich Griechischen Offizierkorps z.Dienstleistung beim H.R.15 überwiesen

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von Abercron of old Scottish-Danish aristocracy, bis dato Portépée-Fähnrich, Seconde-Lieutenant as from 1888

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von Pelet-Narbonne, Kommander of the Regiment in 1888, later General Staff, author of the well known History of the Prussian Cavalry.

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Großherzog Friedrich Franz III., K.H., in Russian Uniform, and in the uniform of the Regiment

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Wilhelmina, Königin der Niederlande, Majeur, 31.8.1898, Chef des Regiments

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Ali Achmed Izzet Bey, 1.10.1898 dem Regiment z. Dienstleistung übewiesen, 19.9.1901 Kgl.Preuß. Oberleutnant, 28.4.1902 verabschiedet.

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Ewald von Trauwitz-Hellwig, author of the last regimental history of 1931.

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Leutnant von Ernst, hitherto Leutnant in Dragoner-Regt.15, 23.5.1911 ins Regiment versetzt, 27.1.1912 Oberleutnant.

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Rittmeister Carlo von Hanstein, Herr auf Wallhausen, previously Adjutant of 8. Kavallerie-Brigade; 22.4.1912 Eskadrons-Chef im Regiment.

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Inspektion und Vorbeimarsch.  The Kaiser on a visit to Wandsbek, along with other notable persons of high rank, including Ludwig III. of Bavaria, extreme left with white beard.
The reasons for the Kaisers frequent visits was the Derby in the Horner Rennbahn and the proximity to the sea. Many officers of the regiment took part in the Derby, including Rittmeister Braune.

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Another group photograph, around 1912-14, recently purchased by the Museums partner in Holland.

 

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These nice mugs are being offered for around 9-10 Euros by a small firm in Germany. They have the same design of motto as the old regimental plate by Meißen

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