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Germany – Photograph – Hans Von Gronau – Signed

SKU: 19-304

$500.00

We recently acquired a large collection of signed postcards, private photos, letters, etc. of German Admirals, Generals, etc. Many of these items were acquired by a single collector who would write to the subject and receive in return a signed photograph, postcard, letter. Etc. The name of this collector was Paul Baer and his name appears on many of the items offered….

 

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Hans von Gronau (1850-1940) was in retirement at the time that WW I began. He was sixty-four years old. He was given command of IV. Reservekorps during the early days of the war and effectvely covered the offensive. In 1915 he was transferred to the XXXXI. Reservekorps. These were both on the Western Front. He was then assigned to command an Armee, Armee-Abteilung-Gronau. This was on the Eastern Front and he would remain there until the end of the war.
He was a highly decorated officer having been granted the Red Eagle 1st Class and the Crown Order 1st Class prior to the war. During the war he was awarded the Pour le Mérite in 1916 and the Oak Leaves to the Pour le Mérite in 1918.

This original photograph is signed “von Granau” with his rank of General der Artillerie. He is wearing a simple M-1915 Feldbluse. The twin pips of a General der Artillerie are clearly seen on his shoulder board. He is wearing the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his left breast. The Pour le Mérite is at his throat.

This photograph was taken prior to 1918 and his award of the Oak Leaves to the Pour le Mérite.

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Hans von Gronau (1850-1940) was in retirement at the time that WW I began. He was sixty-four years old. He was given command of IV. Reservekorps during the early days of the war and effectvely covered the offensive. In 1915 he was transferred to the XXXXI. Reservekorps. These were both on the Western Front. He was then assigned to command an Armee, Armee-Abteilung-Gronau. This was on the Eastern Front and he would remain there until the end of the war.
He was a highly decorated officer having been granted the Red Eagle 1st Class and the Crown Order 1st Class prior to the war. During the war he was awarded the Pour le Mérite in 1916 and the Oak Leaves to the Pour le Mérite in 1918.

This original photograph is signed “von Granau” with his rank of General der Artillerie. He is wearing a simple M-1915 Feldbluse. The twin pips of a General der Artillerie are clearly seen on his shoulder board. He is wearing the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his left breast. The Pour le Mérite is at his throat.

This photograph was taken prior to 1918 and his award of the Oak Leaves to the Pour le Mérite.