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Prinz Eitel Friedrich von Preußen - Plm recipient?

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Prinz Eitel Friedrich von Preußen - Plm recipient?

Postby FANGIO on 16 Feb 2005 19:44

Here's a pic of Prinz Eitel (http://www.worldroots.com)
He's wearing the Plm (if I'm not wrong). When did he earn this award and why? Did he ever see combat?
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Postby AJK on 16 Feb 2005 22:55

Hi Fangio!

Generalmajor Prinz Eitel Friedrich von Preussen was awarded the PLM on 22 March, 1915 and the Oakleaves to the PLM on 14 May, 1915. The first he won as Commanding Officer, 1. Guards Infantry Brigade, the second as Commanding Officer, 1. Guards Infantry Division.

I hope this helps.

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Postby Peter H on 17 Feb 2005 07:21

Even though his PLM was not for bravery he did show some talent on the battlefield.

In 1914 he received a top regimental command with the 1st Foot Guards,the premier Regiment of the German army. He then distinguished himself early on during the Battle of Guise(St Quentin to the Germans) in August 1914.His Regiment faltering,he seized a regimental drum from a bandsman and lead the advance against the French positions.Fortunately for him when they arrived at the French positions they found that the enemy had already pulled out.

According to the Muller Diaries the Kaiser henceforth "dubbed him the Hero of St Quentin,which the prince in his modesty found embarrassing..."
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Postby FANGIO on 17 Feb 2005 17:39

Many thanks AJK and Peter for your help. I really appreciate it.
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Kaiser's Sons

Postby bob lembke on 17 Feb 2005 22:05

Guys;

I know that one of the Kaiser's sons was KIA as a pilot. (I might add that the idea of the children of the ruling classes being put in harm's way in time of war seems quite out of date, at least in Washington.)

Was one of the Kaiser's sons wounded in action in such a fashion as to require him to recuperate at home, possibly an arm wound? I would like to confirm another gem of my whacky family oral history, which, if confirmed, I would enjoy sharing with you guys.

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Postby Peter H on 17 Feb 2005 23:44

Bob,
The Kaiser's nephew Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia was shot down and died in March 1917.

He survived the crash but was shot by Australian soldiers while trying to flee the scene.Refer Australian Official History Chapter 6,Volume 4.

AIF troops with his plane:
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The Prince commanded Flieger-Abteilung (A) 258, but flew patrols in a single-seat fighter with Jasta Boelke whenever possible. It was during such a patrol on March 21, 1917 that he was forced to land with a bullet in his engine and a slight wound in the foot. He landed in No Man's Land, but while running towards his own lines was severely wounded in the back by Australian troops and later died in captivity on April 6, 1917.


http://www.overthefront.com/issues/03_1.html

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Postby Peter H on 17 Feb 2005 23:49

Bob,
Something of the war service of the Kaiser's sons can be found here:

viewtopic.php?t=23867

viewtopic.php?t=46722

viewtopic.php?t=9084


Prinz Oskar von Preussen suffered a nervous breakdown in 1915.

Prinz Joachim von Preussen was wounded on the Eastern Front in 1914,in the arm if I'm correct.

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Postby Peter H on 17 Feb 2005 23:57

Another of the Kaiser's nephews,Prinz Franz Josef(1891-1964),served aboard SMS Emden,and was captured in 1914.

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Postby Mikael on 27 Mar 2005 09:31

Still only says what he did in ww1. Not in ww2, or how his reaction to the Nazis was in full. Did he remain in Germany, and refused to be a soldier ? Did he become in soldier, and thus died in battle in 1942. Many questions are left unanswered :(
(eitel Friedrich)

But he seems to have been a good fighter in ww1 atleast :)
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Postby Peter H on 28 Mar 2005 09:35

Fritz had a heart condition,and suffered poor health,from his mid 40s onwards.No,he did not see any service in WW2.
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