This interesting photo shows a group of Bavarian Officers in the field.  In the front row is an Officer with binoculars around his neck wearing a long coat.  At either side are two Officers wearing what appear to be Bavarian Military Max Joseph Order ribbons in their buttonholes.

 

 

Figure 1: Obverse of photo of Bavarian Officers in the field. Image from the author’s archive.

 

 

Figure 2: Unidentified Bavarian Officer in the front row. Image from the author’s archive.

 

 

Figure 3: Two unidentified Bavarian Military Max Joseph recipients and the unidentified Bavarian Officer. Image from the author’s archive.

 

 

At the bottom of the photo “…..b. Ld. Rgt. 15….” is written which may indicate “Bavarian Landwehr Regiment 15”.  An Officer in the second row and to the viewer’s right is wearing what appears to be a  Bavarian 11th Infantry Division unofficial “Kappenabzeichen” (cap badge) on his collar. There also appears to be an additional Officer at the rear of the group in the center who may be wearing the Bavarian 11th Infantry Division “Kappenabzeichen”.

 

 

Figure 4: Unidentified Bavarian Officer in the second row wearing a Bavarian 11th Infantry Division “Kappenabzeichen” (cap badge) on his collar. Image from the author’s archive.

 

 

Figure 5: Unidentified Bavarian Officer at the rear of the group also wearing a Bavarian 11th Infantry Division “Kappenabzeichen” (cap badge) on his collar. Image from the author’s archive.

 

 

Figure 5: Reverse of the photo. Image from the author’s archive.

 

 

At the upper left on the reverse of the photo “…..b. Ld. Rgt. No. 15…..” is written which again may indicate “Bavarian Landwehr Regiment 15”. Written on the reverse of the photo on the right side is: “Zur Erinnerung/an/den ——–/La Parriée/am/13.2.17/Prieser/Obstlt” (In remembrance of the —— La Parriée on February 13, 1917 Prieser Oberstleutnant). La Parriée was a hamlet in the Lusse Commune in the Vosges (Vogesen) Mountains in France.

During 1914 and 1915 the Royal Bavarian Landwehr Regiment 15 was part of the 1st Bavarian Landwehr Division. In 1916 the Royal Bavarian Landwehr Regiment 15 was part of the 39th Bavarian Reserve Division.  In 1917 and 1918 the Royal Bavarian Landwehr Regiment 15 was part of the 30th Bavarian Reserve Division.

Based upon the signature on the reverse of the card, an Officer in the photo is Royal Bavarian Army Oberstleutnant Alfred Prieser.

As evidenced by the ribbon worn in his buttonhole as seen in the photo, the Officer in the front row with binoculars around his neck wearing a long coat was awarded the Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class.

According to the 1914 Militär-Handbuch des Königreichs Bayern, Alfred Prieser held the rank of Major at that time and had been awarded the Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class (without swords), the Bavarian 1905 Jubilee Medal, the Bavarian 24 Year Long Service Cross, and the Swedish Order of the Sword Knight 1st Class.

Oberstleutnant Alfred Prieser was also awarded the Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class with Crown and Swords on November 23, 1914, the Bavarian Military Merit Order 3rd Class with Swords on June 16, 1916, and the Bavarian Military Merit Order 3rd Class with Crown and Swords on February 27, 1918.

It is interesting to note that I could not find a listing for Alfred Prieser in the “Rangliste der Offiziere der Königlisch Bayerischen Armee 1918”.  It is therefore likely that Alfred Prieser had fallen in battle, otherwise died, or retired from service sometime after February 27, 1918.

Who is the Officer with binoculars around his neck wearing a long coat?  Could it be Oberstleutnant Prieser?  Who are the two Bavarian Military Max Joseph recipients?.  Perhaps one of you might know the answers to these questions.

Thank you for your interest regarding this article. Comments are welcome.

– Lorin

 

Literature:

Militär-Handbuch des Königreichs Bayern -1914 – nach dem Stande vom 16. Mai 1914.  Königlich Bayerischen Kriegs-Ministerium. München, 1914.

Rangliste der Offiziere der Königlisch Bayerischen Armee -1918 – nach dem Stande vom 15. April 1918.  Königlich Bayerischen Kriegs-Ministerium. München, 1918.

Roth, Erhard. Statistische Ausarbeitungen zur Phaleristik Deutschlands Band VI, Verleihungen von militärischen Orden und Ehrenzeichen des Königreichs Bayern im Ersten Weltkrieg 1914-1918.  PHV Phaleristischer Verlag Michael Autengruber, Offenbach am Main, 1997.

United States.  War Department.  General Staff.  Histories of Two Hundred and Fifty-One Divisions of the German Army Which Participated in the War (1914-1918).  Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1920.

 

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11 Comments
  1. Servus Lorin,

    a very interesting picture. On the front I read “Besuch beim bayerischen Landwehrregiment 15 in den Vogesen” (Visit to the Bavarian Landwehr Regiment 15 in the Vosges) on the back “Begehung der Stellung des bayerischen Landwehrregiment Nr. 15” (Inspection of the position of the Bavarian Landwehr Regiment No. 15) and on the right “Zur Erinnerung an den Besuch in La Parriel(e)” (In memory of the visit to La Parriel (Parielle)).

    Many greetings from Bavaria
    Walter

    • Servus Walter,

      Thank you very much for the information regarding the writing on this photo.
      Your help reading and translating the writing is much appreciated.

      With friendly greetings from the USA,

      Lorin

  2. Hello again,

    I was able to locate a regimental history for this unit. Oberstleutnant Prieser was the Regimental Commander of Royal Bavarian Landwehr Infantry Regiment 15 from January of 1916 through July of 1918.

    Lorin

    Literature:

    Hubel, Oberstudienrat Dr.(Karl).  Das K.B. Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 15. Verlag Bayerisches Kriegsarchiv, München, 1924.

  3. Hello Lorin,

    I searched my Excel-list and filtered the Max-Joseph Ritter who had already been awarded their order by that time (186 persons), who were not generals (151), who were still alive in Feb. 1917 (116). Then I compared their available pictures and came to the conclusion that the left one could be Major Dr. jur. Christian Johann Max Ritter von Langheinrich (II./bay. Res.I.R. 7, also awarded EK1, EK2, VWA).
    Picture taken from “Das Bayernland”.

    Cheers Harald

    • Hello Harald,

      Thank you very much for your excellent research regarding this photo. The man in the photo
      does indeed look like Major Dr. jur. Christian Johann Max Ritter von Langheinrich.
      This is an extremely interesting possibility.

      Best regards,

      Lorin

  4. I am not good with uniforms but the style of the right person’s uniform is so different. Maybe someone with better eyes can identify the rank and its specifics respectively the edging of his collar. This could help getting hints to the other person.

    Cheers Harald

    • Hello again Harald,

      You are very observant! I am not a uniform collector and know very little information regarding uniforms.
      I found this excellent article however: Some Information on Aschingerborte or “Borte” which explains the differences in Bavarian Borte for the “Bluse”. According to this source, the use of the Borte came into effect after April 1, 1916. For Officers, the Borte was blue with matte silver thread for the field tunic.

      Best regards,

      Lorin

  5. Hello, i have another idea about the left Major. Possibly it is Anton Dümlein (picture from Das Bayernland). The lieutenant on the right has a marked nose. Maybe it’s a regimental doctor with the MSO. Regards Andreas

    • Hello Andreas,

      Thank you for your analysis of the photograph. The Officer on the left certainly looks like Major Anton
      Ritter von Dümlein. This is a very good possibility. You bring up a good point about the
      Leutnant on the right, he could be a regimental doctor and a MSO 2nd recipient.

      With friendly greetings from New York to Germany,

      Lorin

  6. Hello Lorin,

    I tried to find some support in our German Forum but nobody took the opportunity to answer yet.
    Andreas’ comment to think about MSO as well is great, unfortunately I have no photo of any of the recipients at all.

    Best Regards
    Harald

    • Hello Harald,

      Many thanks for your research efforts regarding this photo. It is certainly possible
      that one or both of the Officers could be MSO recipients. I do not have many photos
      of MSO recipients.

      Best Regards,

      Lorin

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