Orders & Medals Society of America Forums German Medal Collecting German Empire 1871-1918 Westphalian Landwehr Service clasp and Certificate 1875

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    It is not often you come across an Imperial German medal that has some reference to its recipient.

    In this case I have been lucky enough to find a clasp and award certification for a Westphalian Landwehr soldier awarded in 1875.

    The Westphalian Landwehr were founded in 1813 and saw several fields of battle throughout the Prussian French engagements of 1813 -1815, including Quatre Bras and Waterloo, later again during the Prussian revolution in 1866 and the Franco – Prussian war of 1870-71 and finally in WW1 on the western front.

    The recipient of this award , Albert ? Kettmann is very likely to have served in the Franco Prussian conflict and most likely would have been at "stand to" for the revolution as a member of the Westphalian Landwehr Regiment No 56, 1st battalion stationed in Borkhum, an island in East Fresia close to the Dutch border.
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    Frank Dutil

    Very sweet! This is the first time I see an award document for the service clasp! Thanks for sharing! Great stuff!

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