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by Chip Minx
Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Mod. 1915 kleiner rock
Replies: 2
Views: 1889

This Kleiner Rock is for a foot artillery officer. With no specific unit designation, he could be a staff officer or in some other unattached capacity. Nice example!

Chip
by Chip Minx
Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bavarian Army Museum Ingolstadt
Replies: 51
Views: 8054

I think the 16.b.RIR was one of the few, if not the only Reserve regiment to be outfitted with these caps reminiscent of the Landsturm headgear.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Bavarian Army Museum Ingolstadt
Replies: 51
Views: 8054

Thanks Chris for bringing back some good memories for me. I was fortunate enough to be able to have access to the museum's reserve collection back in 1978 with the help of an American museum curator, who was working there for a year. Just to confirm Chris's guess...there is a very large collection b...
by Chip Minx
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Sachsen FAR Waffenrock mod 1895
Replies: 16
Views: 5022

Giorgio,

This tunic is from the royal Saxon 2. field artillery regiment #28. It was in the XII army corps and garrisoned in Bautzen. Interestingly, the cypher of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was dropped in 1917 along with the cyphers of all "enemy" rulers.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Mon May 30, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items Wanted
Topic: Wanted - Shoulder Straps
Replies: 8
Views: 5827

Here's another example of a Saxon pioneer unit with the crossed pick and shovel. This time, it's a company level unit.

Chip

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by Chip Minx
Mon May 30, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: IR 94 Wappen
Replies: 21
Views: 4554

Quite a mish-mash indeed. It seems that they were getting to the bottom of the barrel when it came to uniforms. Whatever obsolete pieces got left behind at the depots, were used and reused. Both the IR.94 and the RIR.94 (I. & II. Batls.) were coming out of Weimar and Eisenach, so it makes sense that...
by Chip Minx
Fri May 27, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: 31 May. Two significant items
Replies: 13
Views: 2529

I'm guessing that one of the two is brass. :lol:
by Chip Minx
Fri May 20, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: K.u.k. Feldbluse/hose question
Replies: 6
Views: 2737

Wow, if someone has that stuff, I would like to see it too, especially the trousers. I have a gray tunic, which looks to me to be more of a dress tunic than a field one. I'm fairly certain that it is not a 1930's piece. Anyway, it would be most interesting to see some issue type items if anyone has ...
by Chip Minx
Tue May 17, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: The Gibraltar cuff-title / III collar insignia
Replies: 8
Views: 2935

Brett, This is terrific information! Thank goodness the sender had a bit of the historian in him. I have seen this insignia before in other photos, but of course, without the nice description. You have added to the knowledge pool of unofficial insignia, a little known and interesting field. Regards,...
by Chip Minx
Tue May 17, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder Board Cipher Identication Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 4273

Chip, Are the two boards you have posted a photo of both in your collection? I thought you said that you were still on the hunt for an EM's 3rd IR board with pre 1916 cipher? ( I recall there was a picture on the wants list you sent me a little while back) Or is the one you have an M07/10 example a...
by Chip Minx
Fri May 13, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder Board Cipher Identication Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 4273

Hey Chip, Normally, you are correct, but I have to agree with Simon, you are very pereceptive. I know it is easy for you to spot correct cloth and stitching, but then you have a skill and knowledge base that the rest of us do not have. Best Gus ps It is great to be able to say "You are wrong", I do...
by Chip Minx
Fri May 13, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items Wanted
Topic: Mutze Cockade... Saxon.
Replies: 6
Views: 2694

Jerry,

Glad to help a fellow forumite!

Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu May 12, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder Board Cipher Identication Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 4273

simon505 wrote:That's incredibly perceptive given how poor the photos are.
Not really. I can spot them a mile away! :)

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed May 11, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder Board Cipher Identication Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 4273

Simon, Thanks for thinking of me, but I must tell you that it looks like all of the straps in that frame are fakes. They are all made by the same person/persons and this type has been on the market for years. They are easy to spot as they are poorly made, only vaguely like the originals, put on mate...
by Chip Minx
Sun May 08, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Shoulder Board
Replies: 20
Views: 4392

George,

Another big hint is the cartridge pouches. This type was normally only issued to support troops, ie, Telegraphentruppen, Eisenbahner, Pioniere, etc. You usually see them in conjunction with a 98a carbine, but in this case, the weapon is even further down the chain.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sun May 08, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Shoulder Board
Replies: 20
Views: 4392

Looks like your latest unknown strap is from an Eisenbahner. It's an "E" over the regimental number. You can't see the top of the "E", but the bottom could not be anything else.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu May 05, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Items Wanted
Topic: Mutze Cockade... Saxon.
Replies: 6
Views: 2694

Are you still looking for this? What about condition? Is the cap in pristine condition or would a "used" cockade work?

Chip
by Chip Minx
Thu May 05, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoulder Board Cipher Identication Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 4273

Simon,

I think we may have discussed this before when we were talking about your officer board. The regiment did change cyphers in 1916. Here is the before and after.

Chip

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by Chip Minx
Thu May 05, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Stacks of 'haubes and Russian POWs. Odd mix.
Replies: 5
Views: 1482

Thanks for posting these photographs. I think this pretty much solves the mystery of the "B" collar insignia. Beverloo had been a guess, but this confirms not only that, but that it was worn by members of the "VII BAK Inf.-Ers.-Truppe Beverloo". :thumb up:

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Open season on identification
Replies: 187
Views: 37347

Joe,

I can't make out the cap badge, but it has the shape of a veteran's association pin. My guess is that these fellows are from such a group or perhaps a postwar para-military group (Einwohnerwehr, etc.).

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: German Imperial Swords
Replies: 35
Views: 24255

The percentage of existing issue swords vs private purchase swords seems to be heavily balanced in favor of the custom pieces. Nice issued pieces are fairly hard to find. I have only had four of them, in what seems to be a lifetime of looking. The M89 Kavalleriedegen (other than Prussian) are partic...
by Chip Minx
Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Open season on identification
Replies: 187
Views: 37347

Joe,

He may have been, but others got these Oldenburg awards as well. This is a postwar uniform. note the cuffs and the Reichswehr cap cockade.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: German Imperial Swords
Replies: 35
Views: 24255

Jeff Noll's book on regimental markings says that "A.A." stands for "Abteilung Stab des Artillerie Regiment".

Chip
by Chip Minx
Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Looking for the place that go with these Feldpost numbers
Replies: 7
Views: 2190

British intelligence shows Feldpost 402 as being located in the area of Antoing, Tournai, Valenciennes.

For Feldpost 414 it simply says "Flanders".

This was as of the October 1917 report.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: The new series by Kraus.
Replies: 7
Views: 2199

I am waiting on the volume on the reserve, Landwehr and Landstrum infantry. I have Busche, but not in book form. I would also be interested to see what he does with the foot artillery. The information that I have is from the allied intelligence and I am sure it is similar to the 251 Divisions, in th...
by Chip Minx
Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Unkown Schoulder Strap with "L"
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

Hello, It's not an "L", but rather a "Z". This strap is worn by those members of Ersatz Feldartillerie Regiment "Zossen". There were four such regiments, with this type of strap with the metal initial. The others were for Beverloo (B), Jüterbog (J) and Altengrabow (A). These letters were authorized ...
by Chip Minx
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Portrait Photo with MG08 and tench dagger
Replies: 11
Views: 2327

Priceless! :lol:
by Chip Minx
Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: shoulder boards
Replies: 30
Views: 12256

garder,

Here is an enlisted M15 from the RIR.86.

Chip

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by Chip Minx
Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: We come in peace
Replies: 15
Views: 2403

If you squint when you look at it, they could pass for early Mouseketteers!

:D
by Chip Minx
Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Portrait Photo with MG08 and tench dagger
Replies: 11
Views: 2327

R-Flugzeug Abt.501.....hmmm, isn't that the same unit as Tony's gray Flieger Waffenrock? :love10:

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Open season on identification
Replies: 187
Views: 37347

Tony without Kaiser wrote:... trying to find it in the 12000 lbs of printed articles and magaizines etc in this house....
T.,

I feel your pain. :-?

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Open season on identification
Replies: 187
Views: 37347

Whilst we are on the subject of Brigade Ersatz Bataillone, I have tentatively identified this Offizierstellvertreter board as belonging to the 86.B.E.B. due to it having yellow piping. The IR86 would have had white piping. as would the RIR86, which was also raised in the IX A.K.. There was no Landwe...
by Chip Minx
Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Open season on identification
Replies: 187
Views: 37347

Tony,

Here is a link to an article I wrote years ago for Kaiserzeit. It might answer some of your questions.

Chip

http://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/utah/894/guardstr.htm
by Chip Minx
Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: Fritz Hubig: Landsturmmann to Infantryman
Replies: 6
Views: 1710

The caps are quite unusual and are reminiscent of the kepi style caps worn by the student associations.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: General Headgear
Topic: Russian or Prussian?
Replies: 5
Views: 2848

It looks Russian to me. The short stubby visor with a normal size crown are Russian features. That little visor on German caps fell out of vogue some time in the 1890's and is normally associated with the smaller crowns. The chinstrap does not seem to fit the cap and there are other odd attributes t...
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: Does German Mod 16 Camo Look Right
Replies: 15
Views: 5893

6) One reason photographic evidence is scarce is that retreating armies don't have time or inclination to take photos. Steve Steve, I couldn't agree with you more. I have proposed this same explanation over the years and it was often greeted with skepticism. I'm happy to see someone lay it out this...
by Chip Minx
Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: shoulder boards
Replies: 30
Views: 12256

That Füsilier Rgt.Nr.86 cypher and crown were machine sewn. I've never seen an issue one that was done any other way. That includes the M1907 and the M1915 versions. The M1915s are very common to see, as there was a stash of original unissued ones found some years ago. The reserve regiments did not ...
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: shoulder boards
Replies: 30
Views: 12256

Milosz,

Yes, an M15 from Res.Inf.Rgt.Nr.2 would be just like this, only with a red #2 on it (no crown or cypher).

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: shoulder boards
Replies: 30
Views: 12256

The strap would have looked just like this M15 from the front, only it would have been one centimeter wider (total 5.5cm).

Chip

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by Chip Minx
Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:17 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: New grenade and artillery shell
Replies: 35
Views: 9326

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by Chip Minx
Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: New grenade and artillery shell
Replies: 35
Views: 9326

Gus,

Yes, it is one of these. Obviously does not belong with the cartridge case.

Chip

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by Chip Minx
Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: The Too-Hard Basket
Replies: 31
Views: 7559

There is nothing about this tunic that would indicate anything other than the line infantry regiment (Nr.111). There are no Landsturm straps or collar insignia. The regimental cypher is normally only worn by the line regiment. The reason for the Wachtuchmütze is a puzzlement. :-?

Chip
by Chip Minx
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: shoulder boards
Replies: 30
Views: 12256

Hello qrak, Welcome to the forum. If you are wanting to know about the the field gray shoulder straps of 1914, the straps of the Gren.Rgt.Nr.2 would have had white piping and red cypher and crown. The pattern being worn at that time was the M1907, which was beginning to be modified even before the e...
by Chip Minx
Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Mecklenburg Wartime Steel Enlisted Buckle w/Tab
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

This is more steel Mecklenburg buckles than I have seen in ages! Some say the Strelitz version does not exist in steel, but I have seen one. I thought I had found another one years ago at the museum at Ft. Pompelle, but it turned out to be a brass one that was painted feldgrau. Has anyone else ever ...
by Chip Minx
Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Mecklenburg Wartime Steel Enlisted Buckle w/Tab
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

Larry, Yes, I saw those. I thought there were a couple in that collection that looked questionable. I don't care for M95 buckles with the bright steel bar housing for the prongs (Steghülse für Schnalldorne). I thought that style prong assembly was a wartime invention. I only have a M95 Mecklenburg-S...
by Chip Minx
Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Mecklenburg Wartime Steel Enlisted Buckle w/Tab
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

Very nice ones, as expected. I think I have seen that Wilhelm Berg one before (or at least one just like it). It's a beauty.

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What am I?
Replies: 14
Views: 3616

Is that real Damascus? That must be the ultra-premium Extra model! :thumbup:

Chip
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: An old mystery solved
Replies: 22
Views: 4670

Without some research, one would never guess that an army artillery unit would be connected with a naval division. There were Matrosen Artillerie units, but perhaps this early in the war the establishment of these units had not caught up with expansion of the naval infantry units and thus, army unit...
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: "Soldatenheim" - unknown location.
Replies: 27
Views: 4728

JR92,

Do you live in the Ardennes area? If so, are you near Attigny?

Regards,
Chip
by Chip Minx
Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: German Uniforms, Cloth Headgear & Accessories
Topic: Mecklenburg Wartime Steel Enlisted Buckle w/Tab
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

Absolutely Larry! :love10:

Chip