Rudolf Ritter Metz von Spondalunga, Question of Decoration

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Rudolf Ritter Metz von Spondalunga, Question of Decoration

Post by Orok » 29 May 2004 18:09

Glenn,

I have read the excellent biography of Rudolf Ritter Metz von Spondalunga on your superb website here:

Rudolf Ritter Metz von Spondalunga

This biography states that Metz "was awarded the Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with War Decoration on the 15th of November 1915" for his actions during the Gorlice-Tarnów Offensive.

However, I have read from the Verordnungsblatt für das k. u. k. Heer Nr. 89 reprinted in the July 3, 1915 edition of the Budapest newspaper Pester Lloyd that Metz was awarded the Order of Iron Crown 2nd Class with War Decoration (see the clip below), this award is not mentioned in the above article in your website.

I just wonder if Metz indeed got the 2nd class! :D

And also, do you have any information on this Oberst of Generalstabskorps Adam Nowotny?

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Metz

Post by Glenn2438 » 29 May 2004 19:46

Hi Orok,

Metz most certainly had the EKO-2 as can be seen on his post war photo. I just checked the Ehrenbuch der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Wehrmacht and it confirms the:

EKO-3 published in PVLB 85/14 - 15 Nov 1914 so typo on my part :oops:
EKO-2 published in PVLB 88/15.

Adam Nowotny was promoted to Generalmajor on the 11th of November 1915. His final appointment was General-Traininspektor. A former artillery officer, he had commanded Feldhaubitz-Regiment Nr. 11 as an Oberstleutnant from June 1911-April 1912. Promoted to Oberst on the 8th of August 1912 he was the chief of the 3rd Department of the War Ministry in 1914.

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Post by Orok » 29 May 2004 20:15

Glenn,

Thank you for the infomation! :D

So Metz got his EKO 2nd Class for Gorlice-Tarnów!

But when and how did you get your EKO? 8) :lol:

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Post by VJK » 31 May 2004 08:19

Hi Glenn!

In your excellent bio of Metz, you state that he briefly served in the post-war Hungarian Army. Do you have his date of retirement from the same please?

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VJ

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Metz

Post by Glenn2438 » 31 May 2004 18:22

Hi VJ,

I am afraid I have no further information on General Metz than contained in the article.

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