Mackensen--Hitler's favourite WW1 Field Marshall

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Post by Balrog » 04 Jun 2003 01:18

correction! just checked the iste, the shoulder boards are ONLY :lol: 4000$. they appaer the real thing. they also have shoulder boards belonging to the king of saxony. der rittmeister.com the owner seems to be based out of florida.

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Post by Otto von Bismarck » 15 Jun 2003 01:19

That hat is a Hussar's Busby... and the Death's Head symbol has been used since the Wars against Napoleon. The insignia was worn by various German Hussars, and even infantry. The Prussian Leib-Husaren Regiments for example wore this, and a black tunic decorated with various aguilette. The Braunschweiger troops also used this symbol extensively, for both infantry and cavalry. The uniforms usually consisted of mostly black, and of course the Death's Head skull. The SS merely used the impressive image of the Husaren to gain more prestige, at the expensive of older Germany.

The Prussian death's head symbol is as old as the Iron Cross itself...
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Post by tyskaorden » 19 Sep 2004 10:46

The following regiments of the Imperial German Army used the Deathshead:

1. Leib Husaren Regiment Nr. 1 Danzig-Langfuhr
2. Leib Husaren Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preussen Nr. Danzig-Langfuhr
These Regiments had the German Emperor and King of Prussia as thier Colonel-in-Chief. The 2. LHR had the Queen as deputy Col.-in-C. until her death in 1909, then the daugther of Wilhelm II princess Viktoria Luise was invested as deputy Col.-in-C.

Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr. 17 Braunschweig
This regiment was a decendant of the Black Corps of the Napoleonic Wars as was the:
Braunschweigisches Infanterie Regiment Nr. 92 Braunschweig.

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Post by _The_General_ » 19 Sep 2004 10:52

Balrog wrote:not, the ss, the imperial army had a hussar unit with a skull on a fur hussar style hat, i think it was the 8th(?) hussars regiment. kaiser whilhelms daughter was colonel in chief of that regiment(his only daughter) and was until the end of ww1. i have a photo somewhere of the princess wearing the hussar uniform with death head emblem in 1913 while sittting on her horse during a full dress parade. i don't remember the princess's name, but she died in germany in 1980.


Victoria luise, i have an autograph of her.

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Post by brustcan » 09 Sep 2007 08:40

Balrog wrote:he died in 1945? after the fall of germany? wow, he was there for the formation of the reich(1871) and for 2 defeats. that is a rare seat to view history.



Hello! It's amazing that one person can be born, at a time when there was no electricity,
no phones, no cars, no airplanes, no trains, or battleships!! Be a witness at age 21 to the
formation of "Germany". To witness the development of all the things I just mentioned!!
Then to witness the German loss oif the First World War, the ending of the German
monarchy, the German loss of the Second World War, and the destruction of Germany.
To witness the coming of the Jet age, and rocket age. His last action was chasing
people off his farm who were trying to steal his chickens. I think a film of what
he saw in his lifetime would be great. It's almost going from the stoneage to the spaceage
in one lifetime!! Cheers, brustcan

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Re: Mackensen--Hitler's favourite WW1 Field Marshall

Post by jugendbatavia » 14 Sep 2008 18:48

Hello~
Sorry to bring this thread up again~
I'm just wondering, whether GFM Von Mackensen's famous hat & uniform did survive the war ? Did it go into looter's hands or.. ?

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Post by Souvenir » 20 Sep 2008 23:23

Im not quite sure if there was several "deads head Husars", but when the 54th infatry Division was formed on the 3rd of March 1915, there was a squadron of Deads Head Hussars.

From WIKIPEDIA:
The 54th Infantry Division (54.Infanterie-Division) was a division of the Imperial German Army during World War I. The division was formed on March 3, 1915 from units taken from other divisions or newly raised. Its infantry core was from different parts of the German Empire: the 27th Reserve Infantry Regiment from Prussian Saxony, taken from the 7th Reserve Division, the 84th Infantry Regiment from Schleswig-Holstein, taken from the 18th Infantry Division, and the 90th Reserve Infantry Regiment from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, taken from the 18th Reserve Division. Divisional cavalry was a squadron of Brunswick's Death's Head Hussars. [1]

Can anyone tell me if dead scull and dead head Hussars, are the same?

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Post by AlifRafikKhan » 22 Jul 2009 16:17

Two Generalfeldmarschall : Paul von Hindenburg and August von Mackensen...

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Post by AlifRafikKhan » 22 Jul 2009 16:27

The celebration of the 90th birthday of General Mackensen, 6 December 1939. FLTR : Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch, Frau Mackensen, Mackensen's son, Oberstleutnant Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff, and Mackensen...

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Post by Peter H » 23 Jul 2009 00:53

At the Kaiser's funeral 1941

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Post by AlifRafikKhan » 24 Jul 2009 16:00

They said that Hitler forbade Mackensen to wear his old Imperial uniform at the funeral of the Kaiser, but Mackensen still weared it...

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Post by AlifRafikKhan » 24 Jul 2009 16:02

Btw, is that Seyss-Inquart and admiral Canaris on the left?

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Post by Chris Dale » 17 Feb 2010 02:01

jugendbatavia wrote: I'm just wondering, whether GFM Von Mackensen's famous hat & uniform did survive the war ? Did it go into looter's hands or.. ?
It's at the Wehrgeschichtliches Museum, Rastatt
http://www.wgm-rastatt.de/

It's an incredible Museum for Imperial German Uniforms and memorablilia. Well worth a visit, I had the lucky chance to go last week.

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Re: Mackensen--Hitler's favourite WW1 Field Marshall

Post by University Student » 13 Jan 2011 15:41

Apologies if resurrecting a year old thread ruffles any fathers but I thought some of the other posters here would be interested in seeing this.
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A Jacket of von Mackensen's up for auction at Hermann Historica.

(Note that it is not the same one displayed at wgm-rastatt)

http://www.hermann-historica.de/auktion ... at60_m.txt

"Prussian Hussars" under "A Selection of Collectibles - Antique Arms & Armour, Works of Art, Orders, Militaria" is predominantly von Mackensen related items and has nice high resolution photographs of the Uniform and von Mackensen's commanders baton.

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