Germany – Postcard – Oberst Busse Kommandant of Feste Boyen
I have little information on this man Oberst Busse as he has crossed out the Oberst and inked in General. During 1914 he was the Kommandant of Feste Boyen which was a fortress in Poland. It supported von Hindenburg in his victory at the Battle of Tannenberg.
The postcard shows Busse wearing a neck order from Saxony so I am going to assume that he was a native son of the Kingdom of Saxony. He is also wearing an importannt decoration from the Grand Duchy of Baden. Further he is wearing a large seven place medal bar and a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The final interesting detail in the photograph is his shoulder board. In addition to the twin pips of an Oberst, we see between them the insignia of a Beamte official. So he held no tactical military responsibility but wa rather a military support officer.
On the reverse we see a message to Paul Baer written in 1919. Along with his signature is the indication that he has retired as a General officer.