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Field Uniforms of Emperor Wilhelm II.

Discussion in 'German Empire' started by Martin Antonenko, May 5, 2022.

  1. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Dear Planeteers!

    I am currently researching the various field uniforms used by Wilhelm the Loudmouth when visiting the front for a colleague.

    First and important:

    Standard models or painted and drawn templates can only be used as sources to a very limited extent, since the real uniforms that "SM" wore were sometimes very elaborately (albeit very discreetly) modified in order to hide his disability as much as possible!

    The left sleeve was always much shorter - and uniform pockets were placed discreetly higher on this side!

    During the war, Wilhelm II used two different uniforms in particular, the so-called "early" and the so-called "late" uniform:

    In 1914/16 he usually wore a Prussian general's uniform - with the rank insignia of a field marshal...:

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    ... and the matching Pickelhaube for Generals/General Field Marshals...:

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    In the later phase of the 1914/18 war, however, he preferred the uniform of the Prussian 1st Guards Regiment on foot...:

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    The most obvious differences are the white collar tabs of the 1st Guards Regiment and the guard braids on the cuffs - the small but important detail that this uniform had no breast pockets is often overlooked!

    Since he took this uniform with him into exile and later wore it there...

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    ...it is completely preserved, along with the nickel-plated pistol with ivory grip that came with it...:

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    ... a French (!) "Chamelot-Delvigne" revolver. On the handle you can see the monogram of his grandmother, Queen Victoria, who once gave him the gun...:

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    **continued next post**
  2. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Part II


    Let's get to the details:

    Of course, the matching Guard spiked helmet was part of the uniform...

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    (Caution: The officer's fittings on the helmet were silver, not gold!)

    ... of course with a field-grey coating - whereby the open transition to the helmet tip should be taken into account!

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    Furthermore, "SM" carried around a specially designed Prussian field marshal's interim baton...

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    ... and a Prussian Guards officer's saber - also specially crafted with his monogram on the hilt in a metal scabbard painted black for the field...:

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    Belt...

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    ... and trousers corresponded to those of a Generalfeldmarschall...

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    ... the brown leather stuff as well as the saber hanger were the usual officer stuff M 1915...:

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    The epaulettes were - on both uniforms mentioned! - that of a Prussian field marshal, each with a monogram above the crossed marshal's batons!

    It is NOT his monogram as Deutscher Kaiser (WII), but, since it is a Prussian uniform, that of the Prussian king.

    In the "early" field marshal's uniform, these things had a red background...

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    ... with the "late" uniform, on the other hand, white, the color of the infantry!

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    The lanyard (vulgo: "monkey swing"), which was also made of gold braid and ended in two brass cartridges...:

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    Cheers
    Nap likes this.
  3. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Fantastic research and thanks for sharing

    Nap

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