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Just a couple of nice photos
Old 02-02-2004, 02:45 AM   #1
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Picked up a couple of nice photos yesterday and would like to share them here with You.
As all of them have captions on the back, it seems quite clear what they show.
The unit was the 7. / L 125 (7th company Landesschützen or Landwehr-Bataillon 125) and the photos were taken in summer 1917 (some were taken in january 1917).
The two generals are General von Franke and General von Brand ( von Brand is the one with the spike-helmet and neck decoration).
They are distributing awards, IC's 2nd class, as the caption says.

Same unit but another day, a burial ceremony, note the army chaplain, a nice shot.

I made a detail-scan of him:

Another burial ceremony:

And another chaplain:

And yet another photo at the grave-yard:

Presence of the general:

One photo from january, caption says: Sicherheitsbesatzung Ruofflager Januar 1917 (Sentinels or security-guard at the Ruoff-camp)

A detail from the first pictures, the General is also carrying his gas-mask container:

What I like about these photos, is the look of the soldiers. Not nice and clean, but dirty and combat-proven front-line soldiers. Also the quality of the photos is very good, sharp and crisp.

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Old 02-02-2004, 12:15 PM   #2
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Great pics, Robert! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-02-2004, 12:21 PM   #3
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Very interesting and rare pictures! Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2004, 02:00 PM   #4
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You've done it once again, Robert! In the thousands of photos I've seen and all the books I've read I have NEVER seen a GENERAL with a GAS MASK before-0- THAT is how close the front line was!

Even the folded paper EK2 packets show, being handed out like tea-bags! The drawback with M1915 blouses-- no place to loop ribbons through non existent buttonholes any more!

Details like in these (what is the Catholic junior chaplain HOLDING behind his back?...) are what makes photo collecting so much fun!
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Old 02-02-2004, 03:21 PM   #5
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Well this is not of the quality of Robert's super photographs but here is another general complete with gas mask and in the trenches: Generalmajor Wilhelm Knoch, commander of the 9. Reserve-Infanterie-Brigade in 1916 at Baranowitschi.

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Old 02-02-2004, 10:37 PM   #6
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Outstanding as always Robert!! I am again, jealous!
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Old 02-02-2004, 11:08 PM   #7
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world class photos. I am agog.
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