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Lieutenant-General Hermann Ritter von Speck

  Hermann Ritter von Speck was born on August 8, 1888 in München.  During the First World War he fought in various battles on the Western Front.   On September 7, 1914 at Gellenoncourt:   “Leutnant Speck, der Abteilungsadjutant der II./3. b. Feldartillerieregiments hatte bei einem Erkundungsritt festgstellt, daß

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A rare Star

MVO Grand Cross Star

The grand cross star of the Württemberg Military Merit Order is one of the rarest among the bravery decorations of the former German states. Initially crafted by court jeweler F. Steinam in Stuttgard the Grand Cross of this esteemed order was only awarded 71 times over its

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1870/71 Bavarian Silver Military Merit Medal Recipient Georg Eschenbecher

        During the German-French 1870/71 War Georg Eschenbecher was a member of the 6th Infantry Regiment “King William of Prussia” (6. Infanterie-Regiment „König Wilhelm von Preußen”).  He was awarded the Bavarian Military Merit Medal in Silver (bayerische silberne Militär-Verdienst-Medaille) for action on September 19, 1870:  

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Arts and Science

After coming across a very unique Arts and Science medal, I was very much inclined to post it here as to tilt the scale of all German blogs to another type of decorations. Honoring the Art and Science has a long tradition. From non wearable state awards

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A Photograph of Bavarian Military Max Joseph Order Recipients

This photograph was presented in Orden und Ehrenzeichen 16. Jahrgang., Nr. 94 (Dezember 2014) on page 349.  At the time of publication, readers were asked to identify any of the individuals shown in the photograph.  Readers were also asked to identify a possible the reason for the meeting. 

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Honorary medal for the primate’s, later Grand Ducal Frankfurt troops who fought in Spain

Frankfurt Troops in Spain

During the “War of the Fifth Coalition” in 1809, Frankfurt was ordered to aid the french troops to fight against Britain and Austria.  The embarkation order to set out for Spain was issued on August 10. 1808. Initially 868 men, called the „1. Bataillon des Regiments von Zweyer“,

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Bavarian Silver Bravery Medal Recipient Hermann Heimann

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Heinrich Prinz von Schönburg-Waldenburg

Heinrich Prinz von Schönburg-Waldenburg is one of those that leaves us with his life story, as he wrote “Erinnerungen aus kaiserlicher Zeit”, published in 1929. Born in Droyssig on June 08, 1863, he lived an interesting life through turbulent times and the change of a century. The

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New Book

  Walter Kinast: Der Tapferkeit.  Die Königlich-Bayerische Militär-Verdienst-Medaille im deutsch-französischen Krieg 1870/71.  Taten-und Ehrenbuch.  Dekorierte der nach Frankreich ausmarschierten bayerischen Armee.  (For Bravery.  The Royal Bavarian Military Merit Medal in the German-French War 1870/71.  Deeds and Honor Book.  The Decorated of the Bavarian Army who Marched to

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The German Eagle Order – 1st Type: Part II

Deschler made German Eagle Order

Not much has been published in conjunction with the German Eagle Order. Especially the fist type and design has not received too much attention. Authors trying to tackle this very interesting topic have speculated on who the manufacturer of the very first type was. Joerg Nimmergut writes

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