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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Bavarian Gold Bravery Medal Recipient Ludwig Schefthaller

The type of Bavarian Bravery Medal citation shown below detailed the actions of a soldier who was awarded the Gold Bavarian Bravery Medal.  This type of document was issued as a companion document to the official award document (Verleihungs-Urkunde).  The document was a pre-printed single page and the particulars

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Evolution of the Ludwig Order

Center of Ludwigsorder

Crafting order decorations started on a larger scale with the end of the 18th century. Jewelers were appointed to manufacture decorations for the various countries and states while perfecting their techniques in doing so. The famous Prussian jeweler Georg Hossauer was certainly one of them, but others

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Who is this Bavarian Pilot?

This is an interesting photo of a Bavarian Air Service pilot.  He is wearing a large medal bar with the Military Max Joseph Order Knight’s Cross, a Bavarian Military Merit Order IV Class with Swords, and a Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class.  These awards appeared to have been artistically “added” to the

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The German Eagle Order – 1st Type: Part I

German Eagle Order - detail View

Adolf Hitler created the German Eagle Order on May 1, 1937, based on a personal request of Foreign Minister Dr. Meissner1). The creation of the order finally enabled the German Reich to honor foreigners. The order would be awarded through the Fuehrer through proposal of the foreign

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