'Slightly' OT thread hence in this forum.
This is not an expression of fascination with the Mensur tradition - Im more intrigued with a mentality that made men actively pursue these scars and further more made them wear them like a badge of honour. I am aware that students still fence and I myself used to fence and miss it a great deal. That doesnt mean, I didnt wear full face protection.
Im sure we've all seen some horrible examples of Mensur scars over the years in this hobby, but dang this guy really got horribly torn up!
Looks like the blade got hold of the corner of his mouth and furnished him with half a 'Glasgow smile.'
Supposedly Mensur scars on a Hans Helmuth Helmuth von Horn.
I cant vouch for this not being battle damage of course, but quite a lot of Germans took pride in wearing these scars.
Apart from the obvious and usual suspects (Röhm et al), any other examples out there?