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Just in case Patrick doesn't know what Orpo means....(generalizing).....is Order police....the rank is low level NCO equivalant. The ribbons are really impossible to tell (too fuzzy, too dark...) ecept for the 1914-18 Honor Cross w/swords....(theres a slim possibility the first two ribbons are Austrian and the last ribbon an Austrian Anschluss ribbon...but just barely visible...not sure)... Just wanted to add my 10 cents worth... John G.
Thanks for the responses. I thought it a bit odd the guy was wearing a shirt and tie with the uniform. I've never noticed that before. Here's a detail of the ribbons - hope it helps with id-ing the different awards. Patrick
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I'd say the 1st & 2nd ARE Austrian....(Bravery Medal & Karl Truppen Cross), Honor Cross 1914/18 w/swords, possibly a Social Welfare medal, and probably an Anschluss medal....but still "fuzzy" so mot 100% sure! John G.
Thanks again. Could someone give me the German names of the ribbons as proposed by John?
I am not sure who is shown in the photograph but I have two possibilities. One individual was born in 1882, the other in 1906. Before learning about the ribbons, I had ruled out the first guy as he would have had to have been about 60 years old when the photo was taken. He doesn't look that old to me. However, the younger guy is too young to have a ribbon from the first world war. I guess this is no longer a uniform question but does anyone think the guy in the photo is 60 years old?
"Österreich-Ungarn Tapferkeitsmedaille" , "Österreich-Ungarn Karl-Truppenkreuz" , "Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-18 fur Frontkämpfer" , "Deutsche Volkspflege/Rotes Kreuz (?)" , and "Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938"....assuming I'm correct. You can't see the horizontal "bars" on the Austrian ribbons, but I believe that's what they are...and there are other possibilities...but that what I'm seeing.... John G.
PS- I'd say this guy could easily be 60 or over....in your photo.