Mackensen--Hitler's favourite WW1 Field Marshall

Discussions on all aspects of Imperial Germany not covered in the other sections.
User avatar
Peter H
Member
Posts: 28628
Joined: 30 Dec 2002 13:18
Location: Australia

Mackensen--Hitler's favourite WW1 Field Marshall

Post by Peter H » 30 May 2003 12:27


User avatar
Peter H
Member
Posts: 28628
Joined: 30 Dec 2002 13:18
Location: Australia

Post by Peter H » 30 May 2003 12:45


User avatar
Peter H
Member
Posts: 28628
Joined: 30 Dec 2002 13:18
Location: Australia

Post by Peter H » 30 May 2003 12:58

Speech to Hitler Youth 1936.
From Corbis.

Image

Hindenburg Funeral.
From Corbis.
Image

User avatar
Napoleon XIV
Member
Posts: 321
Joined: 02 Feb 2003 07:52
Location: Wawaloo

Post by Napoleon XIV » 31 May 2003 08:42

I've always wondered... What's with that hat!!?!?!

When did Mackensen die?

Gwynn Compton
Member
Posts: 2840
Joined: 10 Mar 2002 22:46
Location: United Kingdom

Post by Gwynn Compton » 31 May 2003 09:06

The hat is that of a Hussar, Mackensen served with the Hussar's in the war of 1870-71, and the skull is the Death's Head skull (later used by the Waffen SS Death's Head regiments) I believe the Hussars, or at least one Hussar regiment, did go by the name Death's Head, for which Mackensen may well have been a member of.

Gwynn

User avatar
Stauffenberg II
Member
Posts: 2890
Joined: 03 Jan 2003 17:43
Location: Austria

Post by Stauffenberg II » 31 May 2003 09:55

GFM August von Mackensen (06.12.1849-08.11.1945)
Black Eagle Order
Grand Cross of the Iron Cross
Oak Leaf/Pour le merite
Pour le merite
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Peter H
Member
Posts: 28628
Joined: 30 Dec 2002 13:18
Location: Australia

Post by Peter H » 31 May 2003 14:38

http://www.pzaufkl.de/mackensen.jpg

Colour pic.
Image

And the rumour about Mackensen really being a cashiered Scottish Officer:

http://pw1.netcom.com/~reincke/mackensen.html

And his son,General Eberhard von Mackensen
http://www.skalman.nu/third-reich/bilde ... rd_von.jpg
Image

User avatar
Balrog
Member
Posts: 1234
Joined: 17 Feb 2003 15:09
Location: USA, North Carolina/Manchukuo/Dominican Republic

Post by Balrog » 31 May 2003 23:23

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.

ChristopherPerrien
Member
Posts: 7023
Joined: 26 Dec 2002 00:58
Location: Mississippi

Post by ChristopherPerrien » 31 May 2003 23:53

I always liked Mackensen. The colour photo is good , there are larger versions of course.

The big skull with the bearskin hat, damn , wish we had something like that when I was in the Army.
He really looks fierce and a Great soldier.

User avatar
Napoleon XIV
Member
Posts: 321
Joined: 02 Feb 2003 07:52
Location: Wawaloo

Post by Napoleon XIV » 01 Jun 2003 21:42

He had quite a long life... It must've been interesting to have lived through the Rise and Fall of two Empires...

Should've said this before - Great Photos!

Gwynn: I think you're thinking of the Totenkopf Waffen SS.

User avatar
Balrog
Member
Posts: 1234
Joined: 17 Feb 2003 15:09
Location: USA, North Carolina/Manchukuo/Dominican Republic

Post by Balrog » 01 Jun 2003 22:43

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.

User avatar
Napoleon XIV
Member
Posts: 321
Joined: 02 Feb 2003 07:52
Location: Wawaloo

Post by Napoleon XIV » 02 Jun 2003 07:37

Yeah, and I misread Gwynn's post so ignore that part of the above post...

User avatar
Balrog
Member
Posts: 1234
Joined: 17 Feb 2003 15:09
Location: USA, North Carolina/Manchukuo/Dominican Republic

Post by Balrog » 03 Jun 2003 20:22

you can actually purchase mackenson's field marshall epilettes online for ,believe it or not, 10,000$. they can be view at "rittmiester.com". just look up the section on uniforms. that site also sells uniforms that princes, barons, etc actually wore during ww1. anyone have an extra 10,000$ dollars lying around?

Gwynn Compton
Member
Posts: 2840
Joined: 10 Mar 2002 22:46
Location: United Kingdom

Post by Gwynn Compton » 04 Jun 2003 00:10

Are they the real thing, or an eleborate scam?
I'm always weary of these sorts of things on the internet.

Gwynn

User avatar
Balrog
Member
Posts: 1234
Joined: 17 Feb 2003 15:09
Location: USA, North Carolina/Manchukuo/Dominican Republic

Post by Balrog » 04 Jun 2003 01:06

no, i believe they are the real thing. the man who owns the site specializes in imperial german items, like the uniforms of kings, the helmets of princes, all are supposed to be documented and phots of all the items are on his web page. it is amazing the items he has for sale, made incredible by whom the previous owners were.

Return to “Imperial Germany”