GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT JULIUS BUCKLER – NR 631
Leutnant Julius Buckler (1894-1960) began WW I as an enlisted man where he served in Hessen Infanterie-Regiment Nr 117. He was wounded in September 1914 and requested a transfer to the Imperial German Air Service. He flew as both an observer and later a pilot in two seater observation planes. On one mission he encountered Oswald Boelcke who was flying a Fokker Eindecker. Boelcke landed at Buckler’s airfield and Buckler was entranced by Boelcke.
Shortly thereafter he was assigned to the newly formed Jasta 17.
While as an enlisted man he was awarded the Golden Military Cross which was the enlsited man’s equivalent of the Pour le Mérite. Later he was awarded the Pour le Mérite on 4 December 1917 after he had been promoted to Leutnant. He would finish the war with thirty-six confirmed victories. He was only one of four men who was awarded both the Golden Military Cross and the Pour le Mérite. In addition he was awarded the Gold Wound Badge (This was a first class award.) as he suffered no less than FIVE wounds!
This is Sanke card Nr 631 which was one of the later Sanke cards issued. Finding Sanke cards in the 600 series is no easy task. He is seen in this pose wearing a Feldbluse tunic and visor cap. On his left breast he is wearing the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, Prussian Pilot badge, and the 1917 Iron War Merit Badge from Hesse (This is a scarce decoration as it required having front line service and being wounded at least once. Only about 2,000 of these were awarded.). At his throat he is wearing his Pour le Mérite.
The card is in very good condition with some silvering on the borders. It has never been mailed.