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 prince passed away in Rheda on December 28, 1945.

Besides his memories we are lucky that his personal medal bar survived:

Img 1: The medal bar of Prince Schoenburg-Waldenburg

Figure 1: The medal bar of Prince Schoenburg-Waldenburg

But how can we be sure. The combination is certainly very unique and could probably traced through honor rolls and the like. Yet, photographic evidence would certainly be better.

Coincidentally such photo exist. It shows the prince late in life with his decorations and medal bar:

Figure 2: Prinz Heinrich von Schönburg-Waldenburg wearing his medal bar

Figure 2: The Medal Bar of Prinz Heinrich Prinz von Schönburg-Waldenburg

The bar was crafted after 1934 since he chose to add the Hindenburg Cross for War participants. Below the full size picture:

Figure 2: Prinz Heinrich Prinz von Schönburg-Waldenburg wearing his medal bar

Figure 3: Prinz Heinrich von Schönburg-Waldenburg wearing his medal bar

Anybody else out there having medal bar and photo in his or hers collection?

4 Comments
  1. Just by chance I got simultaneous another bar with a Knight Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern. After intensive research and with some luck, I found a picture of a person, wearing exactly this bar. We can see on this portrait Generalleutnant Moritz Freiherr von Bissing in 1897. As another quite unexpected coincidence, I found some notes about him in the above mentioned book written by Heinrich Prinz von Schönburg-Waldenburg in 1929. The prince was attached from 1893 to 1894 as adjutant to the commander of the 4th Garde-Kavallerie-Brigade. The commander was: Generalleutnant von Bissing! Therefore I could read on two pages of Schönburg-Waldenburgs memories some amusing stories about the so called “Wild Moritz”.

  2. Generalleutnant Moritz Freiherr von Bissing in 1897

  3. Comparison of the bar and the picture

  4. Wonderful, thank you for your contribution.

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