A Quiz!

First World War 1914-1918 from the German perspective.

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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Sat May 24, 2008 1:54 am

So, a WWI Quiz it is then! :D Hey Herr Kommissar... What about making this thread stick? :wink: You could name it "The WWI Quiz Thread" or something...


Here we go then with a (very) simple one...

Who is/was this German Officer and why is/was he one-of-a-Kind?

Herr One-of-a-Kind
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This could be the beginning of a great thread... :wink:

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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » Sat May 24, 2008 3:44 am

Sure looks like... E.J.E.R.
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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Sat May 24, 2008 4:14 am

Waleed Y. Majeed wrote:Sure looks like... E.J.E.R.
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E.J.E.R... :shock: Not really sure who your man is Waleed but no, he's not my man! Here's a better photograph of my man which clearly shows his Pour-le-Merité. Apart from being One-of-a-Kind he also had a distinctive dislike for aviators... :wink:

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One last picture clue to come...

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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » Sat May 24, 2008 4:33 am

Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel... but now see it is not!


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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Sat May 24, 2008 11:30 am

Aha, E. J. E. Rommel! :shock: I have to admit that I never have seen that particular WWI photograph of him before... :oops:

But still, he's not One-of-a-Kind when it comes to the Pour-le-Merité and as far as I know Rommel didn't distinctly dislike aviators before the Summer of '44. if you know what I mean...

Apart from the fact that virtually every position except Staff duty and the Artillery were very dangerous to you're health during WWI, my Mystery man's position was... well, very exposed to say the least! So he was subsequently severly wounded but survived the war... As the sole... :?:


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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Sun May 25, 2008 10:00 pm

Time for a contemporary postcard then...


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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Paulus II » Mon May 26, 2008 1:20 am

Aha!! Peter Rieper, the only balloon obeserver to have been awarded the Pour-le-Merite. And sure would have disliked aviators :!:

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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Mon May 26, 2008 7:49 am

Welcome Paul to the WWI quiz, especially when you nail the quiz without any qualms... :D

And yes, our Mystery Pour-le-Merité holder was none other than Oberleutnant d.R. Peter Rieper, who received the PlM on 07.07.18 as a Leutnant d.R. with the Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung 7, Ballonzug 9 (Those vintage unit designations... :wink: ). Peter Rieper was the sole Fesselballon-Beobachter that received the "Blue Max", Imperial Germany's highest decoration (maybe part from the Grosskreuz!).

This high altitude artillery observer was constantly in danger of being shot down in flames by the Entente Balloon Busters. Peter Rieper and his branch collegues were equipped with parachutes to be able to jump overboard and they usually had just a standard Mauser K98 as a defensive weapon agains the Balloon Busters.

And here's how the war ended for Peter Rieper...
Fate caught up with the Leutnant on 3 June 1918 when aloft near Villers-Cotterêts. Allied gunfire opened up and his balloon began to burn, riddled with machine-gun fire. In the barrage of fire Rieper was badly wounded in the shoulder and decided to take to his parachute. Leaping from the doomed balloon with seconds to spare, he landed in front of german lines and was dragged along the ground by strong winds with such force that he broke his leg and suffered sever injuries. He was taken to hospital where his right arm was amputated and his leg put in plaster. After two months in hospital in Hamburg, he was declared unfit for further active service at the front and was posted to the Luftschifferschule in Namur as an instructor.
A month later, on 7 July 1918, for unstinting dedication to duty, he was awarded the Pour le Merité - the only German balloon observer to be so honoured. He survived the war and went into business.
Terr C Treadwell & Alan C. Wood: "German Knights of the Air 1914-1918: The Holders of the Orden Pour Le Merité" (1997).


Peter Rieper in his balloon
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http://membres.lycos.fr/asduciel/rieper.htm
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A German Observation balloon
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http://www.acepilots.com/wwi/us_luke.html
(Also source for the Balloon Buster postcard)


The http://www.acepilots.com/wwi/us_luke.html link goes to an intersting website on Frank Luke, the Arizona Balloon Buster. Recommended reading so go on and just do it...


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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Paulus II » Mon May 26, 2008 2:29 pm

Thank you Krollspell for an excellent riddle :D

Now let's see if anyone knows who the officer on the left in the picture below is. And once you've figured that out he will undoubtedly lead you to the officer that is the true Mr. X of this riddle 8) . His picture will be a later clue!

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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Mon May 26, 2008 10:42 pm

Hello Paul!

Fascinating job wasn't it? Balloon Observer over the frontlines in World War One... You do understand Captain Darling (of Blackadder fame) a little better... Staff duty in a French Chateau! :roll:

Well, back on the WWI track then... A cup of coffee ( :beer: ) and an (educated :wink: ) guess...

Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (to the left that is!)


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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Paulus II » Tue May 27, 2008 12:27 am

No , it is not Hindenburg though the similarity is such that it does make one doubtful :shock: , maybe the caption on the website I took this from was wrong :?

So, here's a better picture of this officer:

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And some images of the tactics he perfected and first used on a large scale:

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The officer that I am looking for worked for officer A and perfected a part of these tactics to such a degree that he became famous in his own right.
Who is he?

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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » Tue May 27, 2008 1:16 am

General Oskar von Hutier of "Hutier tactics" fame?
and perhaps Georg Bruchmüller, nicknamed Durchbruchmüller...?

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Re: A Quiz!

Post by John W. Howard » Tue May 27, 2008 11:45 am

Damn it Waleed; in all the years of Feldgrau riddles, I finally knew one, and you got there first :( Best wishes, I think :wink:
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Post by Paulus II » Tue May 27, 2008 12:38 pm

Yes Waleed! (and John! :wink: )

Durchbruchmuller:

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Working on Hutiers staff Georg Bruchmuller perfected the artillery support of breakthroughs as advocated by Hutier. Fearsome duo these gentlemen!

Here's some more info about him:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_Bruchm%C3%BCller

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Re: A Quiz!

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Tue May 27, 2008 1:04 pm

Darn, General von Hutier and Oberst Durchbruchmüller... :oops:

Well Gentlemen, time for the Doktor to go into essential specifics regarding these two officers... :wink:


Oskar von Hutier received the PlM on 06.09.1917 as a General der Infanterie and Oberbefehlshaber der 8. Armee. He went on to receive the Eichenlauben zum Pour le Merité on 23.03.1918.

Georg Bruchmüller received the PlM on 01.05.1917 as an Oberstleutnant and Artillerie-Kommandeur in the 86. Infanterie-Division.
He also went on to receive the Eichenlauben zum Pour le Merité on 26.03.1918 and was promoted to Oberst on 18.04.1918.

Source has been Jürgen Brinkmann's "Die Ritter des Ordens Pour le Merité 1914-1918" (1982).


John, nice to see you in the Quiz thread. There can't only be Danes, Dutch and Swedes with a sprinkling of Irish, Finns and Poles battling on and on with riddles and quizzes..? :shock: Where's the Anglo-Saxon Expeditionary Force? :wink: Apart from our beloved Kommissar that is! :D


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