Feldwebel of the II. Seebataillon



Photo Peter Klein

This is a posed studio photograph taken in Wilhelmshaven, the home base of the II. Seebataillon. The NCO wears a dark blue home uniform piped and edged in white with yellow Litzen, a peaked cap also piped and edged in white. His sword and double rank lace on the cuffs show him to be a senior NCO or "Feldwebel". He wears a marksmanship lanyard on the right chest and several medals on the left- the Prussian Military Honour Award, the South West African Medal with clasp, the Prussian Wilhelm I Centenary Medal and below it the Prussian other ranks Long Service Award third class. This is a pre-1913 award as a clasp rather than a medal.

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