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  • SANKE CARD Nr 390 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT HARTMUT BALDAMUS

    SKU: 42- 156

    $55.00

    Hartmut Baldamus flew with both Jasta 5 and Jasta 9. He had a total of eighteen confirmed victories. He was killed in April 1917. He was very close to having the twenty victories that were required for a PLM at the time. Interestingly, he had received his eighth victory in December 1916, but the number to receive a PLM was increased. Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM at the time of his sixteenth victory in January 1917. This postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 385 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER

    SKU: 42-135

    $55.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916) was an early Bavarian ace. He served in FFA 62 along with Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann. He was awarded his PLM after eight victories in 1916. He was the first Bavarian to receive the PLM. He was killed in an airplane crash due to a structural failure in September 1916 with a total of ten victories. He was also knighted by Bavaria and carried the title of Max Ritter von Mulzer to his death. This pose shows him in a studio wearing a tunic similar to an ulanka. Prior to his transfer to the Air Service, he served in Chevaguler-Regiment Nr 8 who wore similar tunics. On his tunic he wears the PLM at his throat, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Bavarian Pilot Badge. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 372 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS

    SKU: 42-153

    $55.00

    Gustav Leffers was an early winner of the PLM. He flew with several early aviation units until he was posted to the newly created Jasta 1. He won his PLM on 5 November 1916. He was killed in action on 27 December 1916. Leffers is seen in a studio pose. He is not wearing his PLM. He is wearing the Prussian Army pilot badge, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and the 1914 Friedrich August Cross 1st Class. The postcard while not mailed, does have notes on Leffers career by a German collector.

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    S.M.S. ILTIS COLORIZED POSTCARD

    SKU: 44-319

    $50.00

    The S.M.S. Iltis was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s most famous ships. She was also one of the smallest – but she and her crew had big hearts, especially on 17 June 1900, as you will see. The Iltis was a kanonenboot that was designed to patrol Germany’s and her Colonial empire’s waters and inland possessions. She was commissioned in 1898 and sent to China. She arrived during the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901). [It was a revolt against the foreign powers who by then were China’s de facto rulers. Most of the European powers were present, as well as Japan. The Boxers revolted against the unjust rule, accompanied by forces backed (on an informal basis) by the Chinese Empress. On 17 June 1900, a battle took place at the Taku Forts between Allied naval units and Chinese forces. The S.M.S. Iltis suffered substantial damage during the battle, although the Allies were victorious. Several of her crew were killed, while others were wounded, including her commander Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Lans. Kaiser Wilhelm was ecstatic, not only with his colonial forces (which he had pushed for over von Bismarck’s objections), but with his beloved Navy. Therefore, on 24 June 1900 he awarded the PLM to Lans. Even more unprecedented, he awarded a PLM to the S.M.S. Iltis! From that point forward, the ship proudly wore an oversized PLM on the jack stand at the ship’s bow. The Iltis then continued to patrol the waters of China until 1914, when WW I led Germany’s East…

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    SANKE CARD Nr 502 – PLM WINNER ERWIN BÖHME

    SKU: 38-1741

    $55.00

    Erwin Böhme was one of the leading pilots of Jasta 2. Jasta 2 was commanded by Hauptmann Boelcke. Another member of the Jasta in 1916 was a young officer who had come from an Ulanen-Regiment, basic pilot training, and limited service in an observation squadron. The young pilot was none other than Manfred von Richthofen. Böhme was a PLM-winner and had twenty-four confirmed victories. He is perhaps best known as the pilot who collided with Oswald Boelcke, who then plunged to his death. Böhme ultimately commanded Jasta 2, which was renamed “Jasta Boelcke” in honor of its fallen commander. Böhme received notification of his award of the PLM. He never actually received his PLM before his death. This postcard shows him in a feldbluse with a ribbon bar, 1914 Iron Cross, and a Prussian Pilot Badge. This postcard was removed from a photo album.

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  • SIGNED EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH DOCUMENT DISCUSSING FUTURE KNIGHT’S CROSS OF THE MILITARY MAX JOSEPH ORDER (BAVARIA) WINNER HANS RITTER von ADAM’S FLYING SKILLS

    SKU: 19-252

    $2,395.00

    This is a signed document by PLM-winner Eduard Ritter von Schleich about pilot Hans Ritter von Adam, who had twenty-one confirmed victories. Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947) was a well-known WW I German Ace. He had rejoined the infantry in August 1914 at WW I’s outbreak. He was wounded and requested a transfer to the Imperial German Air Service. He began his service flying two-seat observation planes. He was a tenacious and dutiful soldier. He was wounded on one mission, but rather than return to base, he had his observer tend to his wound, and then returned. Following the wounding, he was placed in command of Fliegerschule Nr 1 during September 1916, which he commanded until his return to flying service a year later. Between September and December 1917, von Schleich racked up an impressive score. By December 1917, he was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. While he commanded Jasta 21, von Schleich’s good friend was killed in a dogfight. To honor him, von Schleich ordered his Albatros D. V painted all black, with an emblem of the rampant Bavarian Lion against a blue and white checkerboard field. This caused a real stir. He soon became known as “The Black Knight of Germany.” Later, von Schleich replaced his Albatros with a Fokker D. VII, painted in similar livery. He finished the war with a total of thirty-five confirmed victories and JG 4’s command. Eduard Ritter von Schleich survived the war to go through many aviation and non-aviation-related jobs. In…

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 372 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS

    SKU: 42-137

    $55.00

    This is a Sanke card of Leutnant Gustav Leffers (1895-1916). After receiving his pilot training and being posted to single seaters in FFA 32 he achieved a total of nine victories and was awarded the PLM in November 1916. He was killed in action a month later. In this studio pose Leffers is standing and wearing his schirmütze. On his tunic we see his 1914 iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Pilot Badge. He has yet not been awarded the PLM. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE POSTCARD Nr 381 – PLM WINNER WALTER HÖHNDORFF

    SKU: 38-1738

    $55.00

    Walter Höhndorff was an early winner of the PLM. His award came in July 1916. He flew in several squadrons, including Jasta 1, 14, and 14. His total tally of confirmed victories was twelve. He was killed while testing an airplane in September 1917. He is seen here wearing a feldbluse. On his tunic we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his PLM. This postcard was removed from a photo album.

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  • LARGE FORMAT WARTIME AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH OF A POUR LE MÉRITE WINNER

    SKU: 12-360

    $250.00

    This is a very pleasing large format photograph of Oberstleutnant Friedrich Ritter von Haack. Von Haack was a Bavarian who was assigned to the General Staff of the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. His award of the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM) came on 4 August 1918 for his planning while on the General Staff. He is wearing the PLM in the photo. His signature and personalization appear on the photo’s reverse. This photo was taken shortly after his award. The personalization was dated 30 August 1918, a mere twenty-six days after his award. Von Haack was also awarded the Knights Cross of the Bavarian Military Max Joseph in April 1918, which carried with it an automatic elevation to knighthood. This is a very fine photograph and personalization to a man who won the highest military awards that both Prussia and Bavaria could offer.

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  • NPG CARD Nr 5613 – PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 38-1913

    $60.00

    Oberleutnant Max Immelmann was one of Germany’s early aviation heroes. He and Oswald Boelcke were the first pilots to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916, after they had achieved the score of eight victories. By January 1917, it took sixteen kills. Soon the prescribed number rose to twenty, and finally thirty victories for achievement of the award. Many say that the PLM was nicknamed the “Blue Max” for Immelmann. He died in June of 1916, with fifteen total victories to his credit. In this photograph he is wearing a PLM at his throat. He also wears a five-place medal bar high on his left breast. Below that is his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The card is clean and fresh on both sides.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 507 – PLM WINNER KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 38-1732

    $60.00

    Karl Emil Schäfer was one of the most able pilots in Jasta 11 and a favorite of Manfred von Richthofen. He had thirty confirmed victories and was awarded the PLM. He was killed in action on 5 June 1917. This shows him in uniform in a studio pose. He is not wearing a PLM.  

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 507 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 38-1915

    $60.00

    Karl Emil Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s best-known pilots under Manfred von Richthofen’s command. During 1917’s “Bloody April,” he shot down no less then fifteen enemy airplanes. He was awarded his PLM and the Knight’s Cross of the Hohenzollern House Order on 26 April 1917. He was also transferred to Jasta 28 as its jastaführer. He was killed in action on 5 June, with a total of thirty confirmed victories. Young Schäfer is shown before his PLM award. All that is visible in his tunic’s buttonholes are the ribbons for two decorations. One is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The card is clean on both the front and back.

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  • POSTCARD – KRONPRINZ WILHELM IN FELDGRAU HUSSAR UNIFORM

    SKU: 45-259

    $20.00

    This is a postcard of Crown Prince Wilhelm in 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1’s feldgrau uniform. He has the regiment’s totenkopf on his schirmütze. He is also wearing an Iron Cross 1st Class, what appears to be a prinzengroße 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and the Prussian Black Eagle Breast Star. What he is NOT wearing is a PLM. He did not receive a PLM until 1916, which dates the pose prior to that time. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED BIOGRAPHY – OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRIEDRICH CHRISTIANSEN

    SKU: 13-803

    $250.00

    This is an autographed biography of Oberleutnant zur See Friedrich Christiansen (1879-1972). Christiansen. Christiansen was a prewar naval pilot who received his certificate early in 1914. He was credited with a total of thirteen victories, including a British submarine! He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 11 December 1917. He was one of only three naval aviation officer to be awarded the PLM. After the war, he was a pilot for Dornier and flew the Dornier Do. X across the Atlantic in 1930. In 1937, he was appointed Korpsführer of the NSFK (National Socialist Flying Corps). He later became a General der Flieger in the Luftwaffe. He commanded all German troops in Holland during WW II. He died in 1972, one of the last of WW I’s pilots to win the PLM.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH - AVIATION - NR 416

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH – AVIATION – NR 416

    SKU: 42-218

    $65.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH – AVIATION – NR 416. Albert Dossenbach (1891-1917) was an early PLM-winner, having shot down fifteen enemy planes. He is shown here in uniform, with his PLM at his throat. The postcard is in good condition and has never been mailed.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 378 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KURT WINTGENS SANKE

    SKU: 42-107

    $60.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 378 featuring PLM-winning pilot Kurt Wintgens (1894-1916). Wintgens was the 4th pilot to win the PLM after his 8th air victory. He went on to achieve nineteen victories before he was shot down and killed in September 1916. The postcard has a reproduction of his signature on its obverse. If we examine the reverse, we see that it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte by a man assigned to Flieger-Abteilung Nr 280.

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  • GERMANY – SANKE – LEUTNANT KARL BOLLE – NR 657

    SKU: 42-321

    $95.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 657 of Leutnant Karl Bolle (1893-1950). He began his military career in 1913 as a One Year Volunteer in a Kürassier Regiment. In 1914-1916 he served with this regiment. He was wounded at least once during this time. He then transferred to the Imperial German Air Service in 1916. He was then assigned to an observation squadron and his observer was Lothar von Richthofen. He finally moved to Jasta 28. He was then posted to Jasta 2 in February 1918 (Jasta Boelcke). Jasta 2 had lost three PLM winners who commanded the Jasta in short order. He was to be the final commander of Jasta 2 and from the time he was made commander Jasta 2 which flew Fokker Dr 1’s had the second most victories of any Jasta. He would receive the Orden Pour le Mérite on 28 August 1918 and would finish the war with thirty-six victories. He held a number of jobs after the war including some aviation related. He did not formally serve in the Luftwaffe but served as an advisor to Hermann Göring….  

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  • GERMANY - POSTCARD -  FIRST U-BOOT COMMANDER OTTO-WEDDIGEN AND HIS U-9 DURING THE SINKING OF THREE BRITISH ARMORED CRUISERS

    GERMANY – POSTCARD – FIRST U-BOOT COMMANDER OTTO-WEDDIGEN AND HIS U-9 WITH THE THREE BRITISH ARMORED CRUISER WHICH IT SANK

    SKU: 44-345

    $20.00

    Otto Weddigen was the first U-Boot commander to be awarded the Orden Pour le Merite. He commanded the U-9 and in September 1914 he sank three British armored cruisers in one hour. For this exploit he was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The other officers and men received the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Shortly there after he sank a few more ships and was awarded the Pour le Merite. He was the first Naval Officer to receive the PLM. He was transferred to the U-29 and in March his vessel was rammed by a British battleship and sank with all hands….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CAR NR 534 - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - DEATH CARD - NR 534

    GERMANY – SANKE CAR NR 534 – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – DEATH CARD – NR 534

    SKU: 42-262

    $130.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 534 of Manfred von Richthofen and is also a death card. The pose shows his seated wearing his visor cap. On his ulanka is pined his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. He is wearing his PLM at his throat. Below his rank is his name and a cross signifying that he was deceased. The card is bordered in black….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE, OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN, AND SEVERAL OTHER PILOTS - NR 373 

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE, OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN, AND SEVERAL OTHER PILOTS – NR 373

    SKU: 42-277

    $60.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 373. It contains Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke and Oberleutnant Max Immelmann. Both are wearing their PLM’s. There are several other pilots in the photograph….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MULTIPLE POUR LE MÉRITE WINNERS - NR 408

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MULTIPLE POUR LE MÉRITE WINNERS – NR 408

    SKU: 42-249

    $75.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 408. It has ten PLM winners in oval windows. In the center it also has a window with von Cossel and Windisch who had an amazing exploit……

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    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD NR 512 – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 42-229

    $65.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD NR 512 – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER. Karl Emil Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s leading pilots during 1917’s infamous “Bloody April.” He then was transferred to command Jasta 28. He shot down thirty enemy planes before being killed in June 1917. He had been awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite before his death. Today we are offering Schäfer’s Sanke Card Nr 512. He is standing near the wing of an aircraft. This may have taken place while he was with Jasta 11 since he is not wearing a PLM. The postcard was never mailed. FOR MORE AVIATION RELATED CARDS – CLICK HERE The postcard was never mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE - AVIATION

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE – AVIATION

    SKU: 42-217

    $45.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE – AVIATION. This aviation postcard shows Max Immelmann in an oval frame wearing his PLM and a medal bar. To his right is an airplane in flight. A message reads “Leutnant Immelmann der erfolgreichste Flieger über feindliche Flugzeuge” (Lieutenant Immelmann, the most successful flyer against enemy airplanes). The postcard was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from the 18. Reserve-Division in August 1916.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER - AVIATION - NR 507

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507

    SKU: 42-216

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507. Karl Emil Schäfer (1891-1917) was one of the leading aces within Manfred von Richthofen’s Jasta 11. Schäfer achieved twenty-three confirmed victories with Jasta 11, nine of which came during “Bloody April,” one of the RFC’s worst months during WW I. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite during his service with Jasta 11. He was transferred to Jasta 28 as its CO on 1 May 1917, where he was killed the following month, having reached a total of thirty confirmed victories. Sanke Card Nr 507 depicts him from the chest-up. He is NOT wearing his PLM. The postcard was never mailed and is in very fine condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL - AVIATION - NR 384

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL – AVIATION – NR 384

    SKU: 42-214

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL – AVIATION – NR 384. Wilhelm Frankl (1893-1917) began as a pilot in an observation plane. His first victory came when he used a carbine to shoot down his opponent. He went on to score twenty confirmed victories before falling in April 1917. He received little attention during the 1930’s because he was Jewish. He was often scornfully referred to as the “Jew with the Blue Max.” Frankl is seated in Sanke Card Nr 384. His PLM appears at his throat, and he also wears his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The postcard was mailed via regular post in 1925 and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME - AVIATION - NR 502

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502

    SKU: 42-213

    $75.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502. Erwin Böhme (1879-1917) was one of WW I’s tragic figures. Far older than the average German pilot, he was an early member of Oswald Boelcke’s Jasta 2. Böhme was the pilot who collided with Boelcke on 28 October 1916, which resulted in Boelcke’s death (he had achieved forty confirmed victories by that point). Böhme lived for thirteen more months. He commanded Jasta 2 during that time, which had been renamed Jasta Boelcke. [It was the only Jasta to be named for a fallen ace at the time, although JG 1 was later renamed in honor of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen]. Böhme went on to score twenty-four confirmed victories, and was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 November 1917. He fell in battle five days later on 29 November 1917. His PLM arrived after his death. His Sanke Card Nr 502 depicts him seated, wearing his Prussian Army Pilot Badge, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a ribbon bar. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER - NAVY - WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER – NAVY – WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH

    SKU: 44-335

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER – NAVY – WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH. Reinhard Scheer (1863-1928) was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s leading admirals. He led the High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). Franz von Hipper served as Scheer’s subordinate in the battle. [Hipper was vital in allowing the main German fleet to withdraw at the battle’s conclusion]. In 1918, Scheer replaced Großadmiral Henning von Holtzendorff as Chief of the Navy Staff. This was the top position in the German Navy that previously had been held by Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz. Scheer was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite following June 1916’s Battle of Jutland. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves in February 1918. This postcard depicts him from the thighs up. Scheer is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his chest, with his PLM at his throat. His hand rests on his naval dagger. A reproduction of his signature appears below him, along with his rank of “Admiral.” He is a stern-looking officer. The postcard is in excellent condition and was never mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER - NAVY.

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER – NAVY

    SKU: 44-334

    $25.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER – NAVY. Franz von Hipper (1863-1932) was one of WW I Germany’s greatest naval heroes. His career had exhibited a steady upward progression through the ranks. He served as Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht commander from 1899 to 1902, which attracted attention that helped advance his career. Once WW I began, Hipper was placed in command of th I. Scouting Group. He was serving in that role during the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). When his flagship was destroyed, he transferred his flag to another ship. He then placed his command in harm’s way, which allowed Admiral Reinhard Scheer to withdraw with the bulk of the German High Seas Fleet, including its precious battleships. Von Hipper received the Orden Pour le Mérite after the Battle of Jutland, as well as the Bavarian Knight’s Cross of the Military Order of Max Joseph, which included an elevation to Bavarian Knighthood. In August 1918 Großadmiral Henning von Holtzendorff, Germany’s Chief of the Naval Staff, was forced to retire for health reasons. His position was assumed by the German High Seas Fleet Commander, Admiral Reinhard Scheer. At the same time, Von Hipper was concurrently promoted to the rank of Admiral AND promoted to replace as Commander of the High Seas Fleet. Von Hipper served in that position through WW I’s end, then retired. This postcard depicts Von Hipper in his naval uniform. He is sporting a large Frack Bar, and what appears to be three or four…

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  • SANKE CARD NR 361 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN - “DEATH CARD.”

    SANKE CARD NR 361 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN – “DEATH CARD.”

    SKU: 42-202

    $55.00

    SANKE CARD NR 361 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN – “DEATH CARD.” This is Sanke Card Nr 361 of Max Immelmann who, along with Oswald Boelcke, was an early winner of the Orden Pour le Mérite. Immelmann was killed in the summer of 1916. The Sanke Card is a studio pose that features Immelmann wearing his PLM, his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and his Prussian Army Pilot Badge. He is also wearing a large medal bar. Directly under Immelmann’s name, a small cross indicates that he is deceased. It also means this card was produced in 1916 (and later). The postcard shows some silver oxide on its edges. It was never mailed and remains in fine condition.

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  • PEN AND INK DRAWING – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST VON MACKENSEN

    SKU: 43-368

    $15.00

    PEN AND INK DRAWING – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST VON MACKENSEN. This is a postcard that comes from an original, black and white, pen-and-ink portrait of Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen (1849-1945). He is wearing a standard uniform (NOT his famous Hussar attila), with his PLM at his throat. His stern visage and large moustache make him appear the way every German General SHOULD have looked! The name of the artist appears on the tunic, along with the date, 1915. The postcard has never been mailed.

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  • THE BLUE MAX MOVIE STILL – FOKKER TRIPLANE PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED AND PERSONALIZED TO “DER RITTMEISTER”

    SKU: 14-457

    $250.00

    THE BLUE MAX MOVIE STILL – FOKKER TRIPLANE PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED AND PERSONALIZED TO “DER RITTMEISTER” (KEN GREENFIELD). This photograph has hung behind my desk for years. It features the Fokker Triplane flown by the star of The Blue Max, George Peppard. He portrayed its antihero, the ruthless Bruno Stachel. The photograph shows Peppard leaping from his airplane after completing the mission that would win him the PLM. The photograph has been professionally framed and is double-matted.  The photograph is recognized for being from 20th Century Fox and identified as The Blue Max at the bottom. Also at the left bottom is an inscription to me “To Ken Greenfield Donnerwetter (I’m outta here!) On the right it reads “Best Wishes Always Jack Hunter.” The frame’s reverse sports a further inscription “To my Friend Ken Greenfield Merry Christmas 1996. All the best Sincerely Terry” As I thin out my personal collection, it is time to share this with another collector who will be as inspired as I was by both The Blue Max and Jack Hunter. The framed presentation measures 15” x 12.” The photograph measures 9.5” x 7.”

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 381 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT WALTER HÖHNDORFF

    SKU: 42-50

    $55.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 381, featuring Walter Höhndorff. He served as a pilot in several squadrons and jastas. He achieved a total of twelve confirmed victories in 1916, and received the PLM in July of that year. He was killed while testing an aircraft in September 1916. On this Sanke Card he is wearing the Pour le Mérite and the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class.

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  • PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – GENERALOBERST von WOYRSCH

    SKU: 19-176

    $450.00

    Autographed postcard of General oberst Von Woyrsch in uniform wearing a PLM at his throat……

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  • OVERSIZED AUTOGRAPHED WW I ACE AND WW II LUFTWAFFE GENERAL ERNST UDET POSTCARD

    SKU: 19-239

    $1,695.00

    Ernst Udet (1886-1941) was Germany’s second-leading WW I ace. He was recognized by Manfred von Richthofen for his flying ability and recruited to join Jasta 11. Therein lay a problem that Udet had for the balance of his life. When flying he was a genius, and certainly one of Germany’s ablest pilots. Outside an airplane cockpit, however, his life was not as smooth or easy. After WW I, in which he had sixty-two confirmed victories, he remained involved in aviation as a supreme stunt pilot and an aircraft manufacturer. He also drifted into numerous relationships and marriages, none of which were successful. He joined the Nazi Party in 1933 and became involved in the Luftwaffe’s creation under his old boss, Hermann Göring. (Göring was the third and final commander of JG 1. Manfred von Richthofen was the first). In his Luftwaffe role, he was closely involved in the development of new aircraft. He is best known for his involvement with the JU-87 Stuka. He had seen the capability of early 1930’s U.S.-built Curtiss aircraft. (It was Udet’s idea to add the screaming, dive-attack siren to the JU-87 that made it notorious). Due to mounting political pressure, Udet killed himself in November 1941. The public was not informed of this, just as they were not told of Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel’s (forced) suicide. He was buried as a hero and revered by the German people. Today we are offering an oversized postcard that measures 4 1/4″ x 6.” It is based on…

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    POSTCARD – HERZOG ADOLF FRIEDRICH VI – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ

    SKU: 45-13

    $20.00

    This postcard shows Duke Adolf Friedrich VI (1882-1918) of the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. He held the small state’s throne from 1914 into 1918. He committed suicide on 23 February 1918. Since issues arose about his successor, Friedrich Franz IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin became Regent until November 1918, when all German monarchs abdicated. In this photo, he is wearing a dress uniform with a PLM at his throat, a six-place medal bar, and two breast stars. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • POSTCARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL HERZOG ALBRECHT von WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 38-702

    $15.00

    This is a photo postcard depicting Generalfeldmarschall Herzog Albrecht von Württemberg (1865-1939). Herzog Albrecht was a very capable military commander. Unlike many royals who served as an à la Suite officer, he was a legitimate military commander. He commanded forces at many of the battles on the Western Front including Ardennes, Marne, Yser, etc. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in August 1915, and was promoted from Generaloberst to Generalfeldmarschall in August 1916. He commanded Armee-Gruppe Albrecht with great distinction. He was third-in-line for Württemberg’s throne. His father died in 1917. Albrecht was the heir apparent after König Wilhelm II of Württemberg, who was his cousin. Wilhelm II died in 1921, and Albrecht became the head of Württemberg’s royal house. This is an early-war photograph before his award of the PLM and his promotion to Generalfeldmarschall.

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  • POSTCARD – BAVARIA’S PRINZ LEOPOLD

    SKU: 45-47

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Prinz Leopold of Bavaria 1846-1930). In addition to being a royal during WW I, he was a very able commander. He was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in 1906. During WW I, he was one of the German Army’s most decorated officers. He received both the Pour le Mérite and the Oak Leaves to the PLM. His image on the postcard comes from a painting. The postcard was mailed in 1917 and has three stamps.

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  • POSTCARD – BAVARIA’S PRINZ LEOPOLD

    SKU: 45-46

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Prinz Leopold of Bavaria (1846-1930). In addition to being a royal during WW I, he was a very able commander. He was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in 1906. During WW I, he was one of the German Army’s most decorated officers. He received both the Pour le Mérite and the Oak Leaves to the PLM. He appears, along with a large number of officers, before a Warsaw palace on 9 August 1915. They are all mounted. This was mailed as a Feldpostkarte a month later from Warsaw.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ HEINRICH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 38-1126

    $20.00

    This pose is from a charcoal sketch of Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929). Heinrich was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother. He was a Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine. At the postcard’s bottom are a reproduced 1916 message and signature from Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich. He is wearing a PLM at his throat.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH -; WIFE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 38-908

    $20.00

    This postcard shows Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1883-1942) of Prussia and his wife. He was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s second oldest son. He is wearing the M-1910 feldgrau tunic of 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. He is wearing a PLM at his throat.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 38-907

    $20.00

    This postcard shows Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1883-1942) of Prussia. He was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s second oldest son. He is wearing the M-1910 feldgrau tunic of 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. He is wearing a PLM at his throat.

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  • GUSTAV LIERSCH POSTCARD Nr 7499 – PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH

    SKU: 38-96

    $15.00

    This is a much later pose of Prinz Eitel Friedrich, one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons. He is wearing an Iron Cross 1st Class AND a PLM with Oak Leaves.

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  • POSTCARD – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – M-1915 FELDBLUSE TUNIC

    SKU: 38-246

    $20.00

    This is a consignment item. This is a wartime photo postcard of Kronprinz Wilhelm. He is wearing a M-1915 Feldbluse Tunic along with general’s trousers. He is also wearing a PLM and a ribbon bar.

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  • POSTCARD – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 38-830

    $15.00

    This is a fine postcard that shows Kronprinz Wilhelm of Prussia. He is wearing a general’s feldgrau uniform, complete with PLM.

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  • POSTCARD – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – KRONPRINZESSEN CECILIE – FIVE CHILDREN

    SKU: 38-804

    $15.00

    Kronprinz Wilhelm is seen in this postcard along with his wife, Kronprinzessin Cecilie (a former Prinzessin of Mecklenburg-Schwerin). Wilhelm and Cecilie were the most popular German royals after his parents, the Kaiser and Kaiserin. They are seen with five of their six children. He is in a cavalry regiment’s summer uniform, with a PLM (awarded August 1915) around his neck.

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  • POSTCARD – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – DAUGHTER PRINZESSIN ALEXANDRINE

    SKU: 38-803

    $15.00

    Kronprinz Wilhelm is seen in this postcard, along with his daughter, Alexandrine. Alexandrine was the fifth of six children. She was born in 1915. The pose is thus from either 1915 or 1916. He is in a cavalry regiment’s summer uniform, with a PLM (awarded August 1915) around his neck.

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  • MEISSEN PLATE – OTTO WEDDIGEN – U-9

    SKU: 13-770

    $1,995.00

    I have sought one of the plates honoring Otto Weddigen and the U-9’s intrepid crew for years. I never found one that met my stringent standards and was worthy to offer you. Finally, I discovered this fine plate, manufactured by the noteworthy manufacturer, Meissen. The U-9 was a small, prewar U-Boot that burned kerosene (!) as its power source. During September 1914, the tiny U-9, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen, made history in a single hour. She sank three British cruisers within sixty minutes! Kaiser Wilhelm II was so delighted, he awarded Weddigen the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and presented the Iron Cross 2nd Class to all the U-9’s other officers and crewmen. A month later, the U-9 sank yet another British cruiser, at which time Weddigen was invested with the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order and the Orden Pour le Mérite. Scarcely six months later, Weddigen and the U-29’s crew (his new assignment) were killed when a British battleship rammed them. Weddigen became a German national hero, since he was the first naval officer awarded the PLM. While later U-Boot commanders far exceeded Weddigen’s total amount of ships and tonnage sunk, no one was more famous or more revered by the German people. He was a superstar who, like Manfred von Richthofen, was asked for his autograph wherever he went. The plate we are offering today measures 10″ in diameter. Depicted in blue on white, the U-9 sails across a rough ocean’s…

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  • POSTCARD – KRONPRINZ WILHELM WITH YOUNG CHILD

    SKU: 38-1320

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Kronprinz Wilhelm and one of his young children. The Kronprinz is wearing a white summer tunic and has a PLM at his throat.

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