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von Lettow-Vorbeck

Post by JohnW » 06 Oct 2002 06:42

All,

Does anyone have any information regarding which decorations besides the PlM and EK 1st and 2nd that Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck received. Would like to know. Cheers.

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Post by Requin Marteau » 06 Oct 2002 08:09

Paul von LETTOW-VORBECK won

EK-II,
EK-I,
PLM (Nr 4867), as Oberst u. Kdr d. Schutztruppe i. Deutsch-Ostafrika on 4 November 1916,
PLM mit Eichenlaub (Nr E198), as Oberst u. Kdr d. Schutztruppe i. Deutsch-Ostafrika on 11 October 1917,

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Post by Glenn2438 » 07 Oct 2002 17:46

John,

In 1914 the then still Oberstleutnant von Lettow-Vorbeck had the following awards and decorations:

Prussian Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class with Swords and Crown
Prussian Crown Order 3rd Class with Swords
XXV Years Long Service Cross
Bavarian Merit Order of Holy Michael 3rd Class
Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class with Swords
Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class with Crown
Saxon-Ernestine House Order Commander's Cross 2nd Class
Württemberg Crown Order Knight's Cross with the Lion
Imperial Russian Stanislaus Order 3rd Class with Swords

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Post by Dave Danner » 29 Jul 2003 21:37

Better late than never. I was researching something else and came across a photo of Lettow-Vorbeck showing all his awards. He never upgraded his Ordenschnalle, so all his WWI awards are worn separately from the pre-war ones Glenn has already listed.

They are the aforementioned Iron Crosses, 1st and 2nd Class, and Pour le Merite with Oakleaves, as well as the Crown Order 2nd Class with Swords, the Bremen Hanseatenkreuz and the black Wound Badge.

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Post by JohnW » 29 Jul 2003 21:43

Glenn and Dave,

Thanks for the help. This man has intrigued me for some time. I ran across the same pic a few days ago and was going to repost myself. Dave beat me to it. Thanks again.

John

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Post by Dave Danner » 30 Jul 2003 20:00

Hi,

I also came across this photo where he is wearing a Hamburg Hanseatenkreuz:

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Post by Requin Marteau » 18 Sep 2015 09:47

Bonjour,

Here after research bio and list of the decorations of Paul Emil von LETTOW-VORBECK.
Any help will be welcome for decorations, promotion dates and other.


Portepee Fähnrich : 07.02.1888,
Sekondelieutenant (1889),
Premierlieutenant (1895),
Hauptmann (1901),
Major : 22.03.1907,
Oberstleutnant : 01.10.1913,
Oberst : ????
Generalmajor : 13.11.1918, ???
charakter als Generalleutnant : 20.10.1920,
General d. Infanterie a.D. : 27.08.1939.

Awards :

- Königlich Preussische Kaiser Wilhelm Erinnerungsmedaille 1897 (1897),
- Chinadenkmünze 1901,
- Südwest Afrika Denkmünze mit Spangen « Waterberg»«Oranje», Not sure
- Königlich Preussischer Roter Adler Orden Kreuz 4. kl mit Schwertern u. Krone, (avant 1909)
- Königlich Preussischer Kronen Orden Kreuz 3. kl mit Schwertern, (avant 1909)
- Königlich Preussische Offizier Dienstauszeichnung 1. kl, (avant 1909)
- Königlich Bayerisches MVO 4. kl mit Schwertern, (avant 1909)
- Königlich Württembergisches Ritterkreuz des Ordens d. Würtembergischen Krone, (avant 1909)
- Russisches St Stanislaus Orden 3. kl mit Schwertern, (avant 1909)
- Königlich Bayerisches Verdienstorden vom Heiligen Michael 3. kl, (avant 1913)
- Königlich Bayerisches MVO 4. kl mit Krone, (avant 1913)
- Herzoglich Sächsisches Komturkreuz 2. kl des Sachsen Ernestinischer Hausordens, (avant 1913)
- Königlich Württembergisches Ritterkreuz mit den Löwen des Ordens d. Würtembergischen Krone, (avant 1913)
- Königlich Preussischer Kronen Orden Kreuz 2. kl mit Schwertern,
- Grossherzoglich Mecklenburgisches MVK 2. kl am Band für Kampfer,
- Grossherzoglich Oldenburgisches Ehrengrosskomtur des haus u. VO des Herzogs Peter Friedrich Ludwig mit Schwertern u. Lorbeer,
- Königlich Sächsisches Offizierkreuz des Albrechtordens mit Schwertern,
- EK-II,
- EK-I,
- «Pour le Mérite» Orden» (4 novembre 1916)(4867),
- Eichenlaub «Pour le Mérite» Orden (11 octobre 1917)(E198),
- Königlich Sächsisches Ritterkreuz des Militär St Heinrichs Ordens (30 janvier 1920),
- Hamburgisches Hanseatenkreuz,
- Bremisches Hanseatenkreuz,
- Lübeckisches Hanseatenkreuz,
- Verwundeten Abzeichen in Schwarz,
- Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-1918 mit Schwertern (1934). Not sure.


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Re: von Lettow-Vorbeck

Post by Aisingioro » 20 Sep 2015 02:22

Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck

07.02.1888 Fähnrich
15.01.1889 Sekondeleutnant (Patent 07.02.1888)
30.05.1895 Premierleutnant
23.03.1901 Hauptmann (ohne Patent))
18.05.1901 Hauptmann
06.03.1906 Hauptmann (Patent 23.03.1899)
22.03.1907 Major
01.10.1913 Oberstleutnant
18.08.1915 Oberst
29.10.1917 Generalmajor
15.05.1920 Char. Generalleutnant
27.08.1939 Char. General der Infanterie


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Post by Requin Marteau » 22 Sep 2015 10:27

Thanks Aisin

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Post by askropp » 06 Nov 2015 15:13

Can anybody explain why Lettow is mentioned as "Char. GM z.V." on the Tannenberg list? I don't know of any z.V.-Stellung, and if he had one, he should have been Char. GL. It would also have been the only case where someone was elevated two ranks on the Tannenberg list.
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Re: von Lettow-Vorbeck

Post by Felix C » 11 Nov 2015 23:07

How good is his book? I mean regarding his WW1 campaign?

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Re: von Lettow-Vorbeck

Post by uhu » 29 Nov 2015 03:17

For anyone not familiar with this, the book "The Germans who Never Lost" is about the best on the subject.

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Post by Chris Dale » 01 Dec 2015 00:27

Felix C wrote:How good is his book? I mean regarding his WW1 campaign?
Absolutely excellent, in my opinion. My review of it on www.germancolonailuniforms.co.uk-

"My Reminiscences of East Africa" by General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
(Published by Battery Press in English)

As you would expect from the commander in the field, von Lettow-Vorbeck knows an awful lot about the campaign. In this book he tells the story of the First World War in East Africa from the German perspective.

He seems to paint quite an objective picture of events, admitting his own mistakes, heaping praise on his junior officers and not appearing too judgemental on his opponents consistently poor performance. He goes into some detail on the battles, German forces involved and their relative weaknesses and supply problems.

Many more recent authors may have studied the campaign from all angles but none can have the same insight as von Lettow-Vorbeck.

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Re: von Lettow-Vorbeck

Post by Felix C » 06 Dec 2015 22:47

Thanks. I obtained a copy.

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Post by Tanzania » 02 Jul 2016 06:58

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Photos with Lettow Vorbeck from end of war in Africa





“General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck marching from the Chambezi to surrender in Abercorn on 25th November 1918.”

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Sources: Abercornucopia, Photos of Abercorn
http://www.abercornucopia.com/galleries-2/#/gallery-1/
http://gweaa.com/wp-content/uploads/201 ... render.jpg



“German commander von Lettow Vorbeck and others about to board for German East Africa after the war at Lake Tanganyika

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Source: Moto Moto Museum, Mbala / Zambia
http://www.museumszambia.org/index.php/ ... CoWZP.dpbs





My questions are:

1.) Did both photos show the same scene?

2.) Are the photos taken before or afterwards the signature of the peace agreement?


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