German uniforms of WWI

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by Ken S. » 26 May 2010 18:05

lizardsoup1982 wrote:I have multiple photos of family in uniform. Unfortunately, I know almost nothing about any of them! Please help if you can!
-Elizabeth
I believe the upper photo was taken in Danzig, possibly a member of one of the field artillery regiments garrisoned there. The photo was probably taken late 1890s, as there is no flaming grenade insignia on his shoulder boards.

The lower photo looks to be a member of an Eisenbahn (railway) unit taken shortly before or, more likely, during the war.

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by norwoodcj » 27 May 2010 04:01

"from: Goettinger Kriegsgedenkbuch, p. 42:
Simon, Walter, Erlangen 95, V Univ.-Prof., reform/Student, Kr.Fr. Lt. d. R. Gebirgs-Masch.-Gew..-Abt. 242, Machault 3/10.18"

Ken ... or any other members:

I'm sorry but I don't read German. What does the above tell me? Thanks!!!!!

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by Ken S. » 27 May 2010 06:33

norwoodcj wrote:"from: Goettinger Kriegsgedenkbuch, p. 42:
Simon, Walter, Erlangen 95, V Univ.-Prof., reform/Student, Kr.Fr. Lt. d. R. Gebirgs-Masch.-Gew..-Abt. 242, Machault 3/10.18"

Ken ... or any other members:

I'm sorry but I don't read German. What does the above tell me? Thanks!!!!!
from the Goettingen [War] Memorial Book:
Walter Simon was born in Erlangen in 1895, father was a university professor, religion is Reformed, occupation is Student, wartime volunteer, rank Reserve Lieutenant, was a member of 242nd Alpine Machine Gun Section, died at Machault October 3, 1918.

About a third of the way down on this page there is a bit of information about Gebirgs Maschinengewehr Abteilung, although the 242nd is only briefly mentioned:
http://www.pickelhauben.net/articles/Sc ... lmets.html

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by norwoodcj » 28 May 2010 01:57

Thank you, Ken, for the interpretation and information. Now I have a question about the book that you refer to "Goettingen [War] Memorial Book". Does it list all the war dead from Goettingen? Are there photographs of each soldier? Carol

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by Ken S. » 29 May 2010 20:31

norwoodcj wrote:Thank you, Ken, for the interpretation and information. Now I have a question about the book that you refer to "Goettingen [War] Memorial Book". Does it list all the war dead from Goettingen? Are there photographs of each soldier? Carol
I would say all of the known dead to the ability of whoever compiled the list; it would be next to impossible to compile a complete list because of the factors involved and resources available. This book does not contain photos of the men listed.

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by JennyArcher » 19 Mar 2011 07:17

I am researching my Germany Ancestors. This is a photograph of my Great Grand Father, Maximilian Schatz.he was born in Munchen, June 1884 and died in 1955. Is anyone able to give me info based on the military uniform he wears? My family has no idea of any of his Military details, although we would presume he was involved in WW1. Any info is much appreciated,
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Jenny
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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by trickcyclist » 29 Mar 2011 07:33

JennyArcher wrote:I am researching my Germany Ancestors. This is a photograph of my Great Grand Father, Maximilian Schatz.he was born in Munchen, June 1884 and died in 1955. Is anyone able to give me info based on the military uniform he wears? My family has no idea of any of his Military details, although we would presume he was involved in WW1. Any info is much appreciated,
Thanks,Jenny
2. Matrosen-Regiment, or 2nd Marine Regiment, part of the 1. Marine-Division, or 1st Naval Division. He was a naval infantryman.

In World War I, he was part of the Marinekorps Flandern, or Naval Corps Flanders. He would have been stationed on the Belgian coast for most of the war.

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by JennyArcher » 03 Apr 2011 07:54

Thanks so much for your help! You've given me some very helpful direction to carry on my research.

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by adambrown » 25 May 2011 19:17

Can anyone identify any and all details of the uniform of our grandfather Adolf Marx who served in WWI in the Imperial German Army and earned an Iron Cross? He was born and raised in Mannheim and moved at some point to Berlin. His brother Martin died in the Battle of the Somme.
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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by trickcyclist » 25 May 2011 23:47

adambrown wrote:Can anyone identify any and all details of the uniform of our grandfather Adolf Marx who served in WWI in the Imperial German Army and earned an Iron Cross? He was born and raised in Mannheim and moved at some point to Berlin. His brother Martin died in the Battle of the Somme.
His shoulder strap identifies him as belonging to the Instructional Battalion of the Foot Artillery Shooting School (Lehr-Bataillon der Fußartillerie-Schießschule), while the "F" sleeve badge means he was also an ordnance artificer (Feuerwerker), a soldier who prepared shells and fuses.
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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by adambrown » 26 May 2011 16:36

@trickcycle - thank you for your identifying his unit - you are brilliant! Based on your lead, I found that his battalion became organized into the 5th Guard Feldartillerie Regiment during 1914, which retained the same shoulder strap, and was assigned to the 3rd Guard Infantry Division which played an active role in the war.

Is there anything that the collar embroidery tell us about his rank, etc?
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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by trickcyclist » 26 May 2011 23:16

adambrown wrote:Is there anything that the collar embroidery tell us about his rank, etc?
Yes, his collar lace indicates that he's an Unteroffizier or corporal.

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by valeriej » 02 Aug 2011 23:27

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Hello All
My name is Valerie and I am looking for any information about the uniform of the attachment. Our Great Uncle Frederick Schweers is the middle soldier in the back row. Also any information on how to get more information on his military life. Look forward to hearing back from you. Any help is most appreciated.

Thank you Valerie ;-)
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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by trickcyclist » 04 Aug 2011 01:09

A close-up of the left shoulder strap of the man standing on the far right would help. I can see his regiment number, but I can't read it.

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Re: German uniforms of WWI

Post by valeriej » 04 Aug 2011 03:07

Shoulder patch.jpg
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Thank you trickcyclist for your reply. I don't have the original photo so I did crop it as requested but it doesn't look like it is going to help you. My cousin that sent the picture did a strap picture but not of the one you requested. I have attached that one too just incase it will be better. I will try and get my cousin to get the left shoulder strap of the man standing on the far right and when I get it will post it as well. Thank you again. Valerie ;-)
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