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  2. Theodor Bohnenberger, later Major der Reserve Theodor Bohnenberger (* 25. Juli 1868 in Stuttgart; † Oktober 1941 in Bad Tölz) war ein deutscher Maler und Kavallerieoffizier. Bohnenberger studierte an der Stuttgarter Kunstschule bei Jakob Grünenwald und Carl von Häberlin, sowie seit dem 30. April 1887 an der Königlichen Akademie der Künste in München bei Johann Caspar Herterich und Carl von Marr. Er unternahm Studienreisen nach Italien, Frankreich, Spanien und England. Nach dem Studium war er in München als freischaffender Künstler tätig. Bohnenberger war auch Kavallerieoffizier im Dienstgrad eines Majors der Reserve. Theodor Bohnenberger nahm seit 1895 an zahlreichen Ausstellungen in München, Düsseldorf und Wien teil. Er wurde Mitglied der Luitpold-Gruppe in München und später der Münchener Künstlergenossenschaft. Bohnenberger beschäftigte sich mit der Blumen-, Genre-, Porträt-, Landschafts- und Aktmalerei. self portrait as a Reserve Officer self portrait
  3. Die Flucht - The Escape, dramatic account of the escape of an aristocratic family from their home in East Prussia in early 1945. They had to leave everything behind, some stayed to await their fate. The Countess organises and leads the Treck from the family estate with some of her family and many of the local population, the Russians in close pursuit. Millions were on the move, thousands never made it to the West and either perished on the way or disappeared without trace. The leading role of Lena Gräfin von Mahlenberg is played by Maria Furtwängler, the granddaughter of Wilhelm Furtwängler, the famous orchestral conductor in Bayreuth, Wagner admirer and a controversial figure in the 3. Reich. The story is based on the experiences of Marion Gräfin Dönhoff, the film script was written by her great niece. Originally a TV co-production by ARTE for the ARD around 2007, some of the scenes were filmed in Lithuania, others at Schloss Bothmer in Klütz/Mecklenburg. Part 1 - Schloß Bothmer, Klütz/Mecklenburg, some of the scenes were filmed here Scenes from the film Gräfin Lena greets a relative returning from the Front at the nearby station. Graf von Mahlenberg with his granddaughter. He is too old and sick for the Treck, he is determined to take his own life when the Russians arrive. A last family get together with the Ortsgruppenleiter as a guest The family discusses the situation and ponders over the bleak future, but not openly Gräfin Lena and the French prisoner of war, who worked on the estate Trecks fleeing from Lituania and Latvia arrive on the Estate Feldgendarmerie-Streifen patrol the area near the Estate The prisoners of war have to make their own way to the West to escape the Soviet advance, they run into a Feldgendarmerie patrol Babette with Gräfin Lena On the long and difficult journey, death was constantly present, the old, the very young, the weak and the infirm were the most frequent victims under the severest conditions. The refugee treck makes it's way through snow and ice and temperatures of around 30 degrees of frost Crossing over the frozen Kurischer Haff, they are attacked by Soviet fighter bombers New arrivals of refugees in the West are not welcome, the local populations have enough problems with acute shortages and accomodation. The Allied zones forced their accomodation wherever they could. The end of the road in the American Zone in Bavaria. They encounter the former French prisoner of war, who is now in US officer uniform Happy end, but only for some.
  4. Quite apart from the fake helmets, I have now updated the passages on Dr. Barbro Eberan with a few critical but truthful comments. I see from the title of her book that she is very critical towards "Hitler's Swedish Soldiers" (Nordic volunteers). Sweden is such a nice country, but the left-wing leanings I find quite appalling. Sweden took a neutral position during the Cold War, due to the nearness of the Soviet Union. During the first phase of the Second World War, Sweden was more than sympathetic to Germany and supplied important quantities of iron ore to Germany via Narvik. As the war progressed, Sweden's attitude changed, and especially after Stalingrad, the cooperation gradually faded. At the end of the war, those who had sought refuge in Sweden were deported and handed over to the Soviet Regime. This included Germans, Russians, Ukrainians, Lithuanans, Estonians and Latvians. Here, apart from the controversial work about "Hitler's Swedish Soldiers", some of the works of Dr. Eberan. Frau Eberan bringt überall krasse, totschlagende Argumente, Beispiele und Bilder, sowie viel Ideologie in ihre Werke hinein.
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  6. Thanks to Buster for finding Toms medal card, pity the VC is not mentioned, it seems to be in another section which we can't access at the moment.
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  8. Wandsbek - Events aktuell New "Schützenkönig" in Wandsbek, Herbert Brust also known as "Onkel Hebbi" (centre of first photo), has made his comeback and regained his status again after 41 years - a marksman with an air rifle He has been a member of the "Wandsbeker Schützengilde von 1637"for well over 40 years.
  9. Prinz Friedrich Karl von Preußen, 1893-1917 Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia was forced to land his green Albatros D1 after being attacked by a Royal Flying Corps aircraft in March 1917. His subsequent shooting and capture sparked a war of words between two Australian units, both of which took credit for his capture. Prince Tassilo Wilhelm Humbert Leopold Friedrich Karl of Prussia (usually known as Prince Friedrich Karl or Frederick Charles) was born on 6 April 1893. He was an all-round sportsman, competing in football, tennis, and athletics. He took part in English tennis tournaments under the pseudonym F Karl, and was an accomplished rider, winning a bronze medal for show jumping with the German men's equestrian team at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. During the First World War, Prince Friedrich commanded and flew with Fliegerabteillung (Artillerie) 258, an artillery observation unit. He was not allowed to join a fighter squadron but did manage to fly with one, Jasta 2 (also called Jasta Boelcke) on occasion. On 21 March he was flying with Jasta 2 near Lagnicourt, over the Australian lines when he became separated from the other aircraft in the squadron. He was attacked by Lieutenant Charles Edward Murray Pickthorn, a pilot with 32 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. Although his engine was shot through and he was wounded in the foot he managed to land in no man's land about 200 metres in front of the Australian front line. Prince Friedrich tried to run across no man’s land to the German lines, but unfortunately for him, members of B Squadron, 13th Light Horse Regiment were patrolling on foot in the area, and men of the 26th Infantry Battalion were in forward posts nearby. Realising they could not catch him, the Australians opened fire. He was shot in the back and fell into a shallow trench before being captured and taken away by stretcher for treatment. Both the 13th Light Horse Regiment and the 26th Infantry Battalion laid claim to capturing the prince and even today there is no agreement on who shot and captured Prince Friedrich Karl. The 13th Light Horse Regiment claimed that Sergeant Robert Henry Tuff was responsible. Tuff recorded his experiences in letters to his family, which were later published in Australian newspapers. Tuff claimed he shot the fleeing German in the back before following him out into no man’s land. Although other Australians were still firing, Tuff continued to advance and found the German lying in a shallow trench. Tuff remained with him until a stretcher arrived and took a statement where the German revealed his identity. While they waited, Tuff recalled Prince Friedrich gripping his hand tightly due to the pain and that the prince feared being further wounded by shells bursting nearby. When the stretcher arrived, Tuff handed the prince over to a major from the 26th Battalion and returned to his patrol. In 1919 Tuff was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his work during the Bapaume operations in March 1917 and his work in September 1918. The former includes the period when the prince was wounded. Firmly believing he shot and captured the prince, and recognising its potential significance, Tuff handed his rifle in to the Australian War Records Section in December 1917 so that it could be added to the National Collection. In the late 1920s he donated a photograph of Prince Friedrich he acquired as a reminder of the events of the day. Concerned that the 13th Light Horse was receiving the glory for capturing a German prince, the 26th Battalion sent their account of events to Australian official war correspondent C.E.W. Bean. They claimed that Corporal Edward Powell had shot the prince and that Private Clare Hall had captured him. Interestingly, while Tuff makes no mention of another soldier remaining with him and the prince while waiting for the stretcher, Hall’s account does mention an unnamed light horseman being present through much of the event (Tuff), although Hall is adamant that he reached the prince first and captured him, not “the light horseman”. After greeting the wounded German, Hall took his hat and gloves and, when Tuff arrived, left the prince in his care while Hall walked a few metres away to “pump ship” (urinate). Hall did not believe Tuff when he said the prisoner was a prince and replied that "No matter what he is, he is a Fritz & the S.bs. [stretcher bearers] are coming & will take him in if worthwhile", which they eventually did. The 26th Battalion’s account gained currency with Bean and he used it when writing about the event in the Australian official histories of the war. Prince Friedrich’s aircraft was dragged back behind a small copse during the evening and the next day was handed to 32nd Squadron Royal Flying Corps, who dismantled it and took it away. Although badly wounded, the prince was courteous and friendly throughout his captivity and the general opinion of the medical staff and Tuff was that he was a "good sort". This opinion was repeated in the press when the news of his capture was reported. The prince was initially treated for his wounds at a British casualty clearing station at Edgehill, where he was operated on by the 5th Army Consulting Surgeon, Sidney Maynard Smith. He appeared to be healing but a week later suffered a secondary haemorrhage from his kidney and was operated on again and later evacuated to Rouen to continue recovering. However, he did not recover and on his 24th birthday on 6 April 1917, Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia died of his wounds at the military hospital at Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and was buried nearby. Attempts were soon made from Germany, via a neutral nation (possibly Spain, as the Spanish king was keeping Prince Friedrich’s family updated on his condition), to return his remains to Germany. This was deemed impossible at the time, but was one of the issues raised during the Armistice Commission’s negotiations in 1919. His body was later exhumed and reburied at the family cemetery at Schloss Glienicke, Potsdam, where it remains today. Sources, various via AWM - Australian War Memorial: 14 May 2018 by Dianne Rutherford https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/Prince-Friedrich
  10. Saw this nice DJ - Deutsches Jungvolk buckle online, so I have now purchased it. Now very hard to find. They were usually nickel plated around the contrasting gold coloured "S".
  11. If you use water, make sure it dries properly, otherwise more rust will be caused. I could also suggest a further alternative, using petroleum - not car petrol!!! But as known as "lamp oil", sometimes referred to as parafin oil, used to be for small heaters etc., not so much in use today. Soaking and rubbing the helmet surface (using a clean soft cloth or wadding) with parafin oil and letting it dry naturally will also loosen up and remove rust to a certain extent and will also brighten the paintwork a little. If using this, be sure to place in a well aired area (free from dampness) and avoid inhaling any vapours, as these can be harmfull! This would have to be repeated several times, this is the best method of gentle and gradual rust removal without harming the originality of the piece.
  12. That must be a very valuable badge. I had a beautifull copy nearly 50 years ago, it didn't cost much and was a superb re-strike.
  13. Just give it a wash with a bit of soapy water using a cloth to remove any loose rust and dirt.
  14. Another question for you Leon... How would you recommend cleaning up and restoring this helmet (if at all)? I don’t want to sand it down and repaint it, but just clean up some of the rust and dirt without harming the paint.
  15. Here's a short video of a American 1917 helmet.https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ww1+american+1917+helmets&refig=30682b291e2940f29f10189109e5cb43&httpsmsn=1&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dww1%20american%201917%20helmets%26refig%3d30682b291e2940f29f10189109e5cb43%26httpsmsn%3d1%26FORM%3dVDVVXX&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=1E45495504E5A1F982BE1E45495504E5A1F982BE&FORM=WRVORC
  16. This is not my helmet (as I’m out of town this weekend), but this is the same marking. This comes from the only other example I could find.
  17. Some notable German actors and actresses Hubert von Meyerinck, Schauspieler par excellence, here some Anekdoten and phrases from the Prussian Military... (in German of course), absolutely classical for those who understand... "Zack! Zack! seldom laughed so much" Military Jokes: http://udorotenberg.blogspot.com/search/label/Hubert von Meyerinck More actors, 1930 - 1980
  18. It's an unknown manufacturer mark you have found, could you take a photo of the mark for me please.
  19. An update on my helmet: a little light sanding and I was able to find the heat stamp, though this has only raised more questions...the stamp is “XHF”. A Google search only returns one hit-another helmet with the stamp-but I don’t see XHF in any manufacturer listings.
  20. A part of the film "Nachts auf der Reeperbahn ...." (1957) with several familiar faces: Song (Zong!) - "Das letzte Hemd hat leider keine Taschen..." (very true) - the last shirt has unfortunately no pockets... Hansi - unsere Stimmungskanone - unschlagbar!!! "Hansi will in Hamborg seßhaft werden..." *22. Sept. 1891 - +24. July 1960 The upkeep of his grave has been paid for by voluntary contributions. A Thank you to all kind contributors. If a grave in HH-Ohlsdorf is not renewed and paid again, it disappears after 25 years. The thankless City of Hamburg has not given Hansi an "Ehrengrab" for eternity. "Das dankbare Vaterland principle" was replaced by a greedy capitalist-materialist rat race society based on the American model after 1945.
  21. Just arrived today - two officer cockades: Mecklenburg-Schwerin or Mecklenburg-Strelitz (red/gold/blue) Oldenburg (red/blue) Both never been fitted to a cap, almost mint apart from storage marks, scratches, esp. to Oldenburg example Various cockades and buckles, Prussia, etc. Bavaria, cockades and buttons Mecklenburg, cockades and buttons
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