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Article about: Fencing scars appear, at one time, to have been a badge of honour among some German men. I invite you to post yours, to kick start the thread I contribute my only examples.

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    Fencing scars appear, at one time, to have been a badge of honour among some German men. I invite you to post yours, to kick start the thread I contribute my only examples.Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by Richarddwh; 02-06-2011 at 11:56 PM.

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    Richard, thanks for showing the photo, (makes him look very sinister ! like a "Bond" villian !) I must confess that I dont much about this "Tradition"... and that I have no photographs to contribute to this thread, however I am under the impression that it was not a "military" custom, but more a student thing ! when sabre duelling ! if anyone can enlighten me on this peculiar German trait, I am all ears !
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Hi Steve,

    I'm being a bit lazy, but this should cover most of your query!

    Dueling scars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Touche!, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    This is still being done today in Germany and Austria.

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    And in Flanders!
    ....I have got one!
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Thanks for that Ned !....I knew it had been done in the main whilst at university and by a sabre as opposed to a foil ! a very informative link...
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Excellent link, both my photos seem to confirm the practice of having the left side of the face take the punishment. It all seems slightly bonkers, I'd prefer a small honourable nick to having half my face slashed. I would like to see some other photos.

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    Quote by Richarddwh View Post
    Excellent link, both my photos seem to confirm the practice of having the left side of the face take the punishment. It all seems slightly bonkers, I'd prefer a small honourable nick to having half my face slashed. I would like to see some other photos.
    Hi Richard,

    Here's a lot more of these ' honourable' men....Google Image Result for http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt116/robert39_photos/KO.jpg

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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