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Article about: Hey all, Doing some research on an ancestor of mine who was in the Prussian army late 1800's. I pulled the following from the Prussian lists but I cannot read the German writing. Can someone

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    Hey all,

    Doing some research on an ancestor of mine who was in the Prussian army late 1800's. I pulled the following from the Prussian lists but I cannot read the German writing. Can someone decipher the following orders & awards?

    HEK3
    BZL2a
    GHL3a
    MWK3
    MGrO2b
    GSF2mSt
    HSEH2b
    PT4

    Many thanks

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    How about a look at the original...several of us here are fluent in German and familiar with the old style script...
    And Welcome to the Forum!
    cheers, Glenn

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    Can do Glenn as soon as I figure out how to post a picture. I think I need to make a few more posts before I am allowed.

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    Found it.

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    More detail.
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    The abbreviations mean:

    • HEK3 = Fürstlich Hohenzollernsches Ehrenkreuz 3. Classe [Kingdom of Prussia/House of Hohenzollern]
    • BZL2a = Orden vom Zähringer Löwen, Comthurkreuz 1. Klasse [Grand Duchy of Baden]
    • GHL3a = Ludewigs-Orden, Ritterkreuz 1. Classe [Grand Duchy of Hesse]
    • MWK3 = Orden der Wendischen Krone, Ritterkreuz [Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg]
    • MGrO2b = ? [Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg]
    • GSF2mSt = Falken-Orden, Comthur-Kreuz [Grand Duchy of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach]
    • HSEH2b = Sachsen-Ernestinischer Haus-Orden, Comthur-Kreuz 2. Klasse [Saxon Duchies]
    • PT4 = Thurm- und Schwert-Orden, Ritterkreuz [Kingdom of Portugal]



    The symbols all identify Prussian decorations; they are:

    • Rother-Adler-Orden 2. Classe mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern am Ringe
    • Rother-Adler-Orden 4. Classe
    • Kronen-Orden 2. Classe
    • Eisernes Kreuz 2. Classe
    • Großkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes*


    *) If that is really it. I think the symbol by the rank list entry (first scan) looks a bit different from the one in the list of abbreviations (second scan).
    Last edited by HPL2008; 11-22-2015 at 08:20 PM.

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    It appears to be a listing of high awards from various German States, along with a Portuguese Award among them...I'm somewhat confused here...If this is indeed his award-list, then he was quite the Uber-Hero!
    Glenn

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    Quote by bigmacglenn1966 View Post
    It appears to be a listing of high awards from various German States, along with a Portuguese Award among them...I'm somewhat confused here...If this is indeed his award-list, then he was quite the Uber-Hero!
    The first document is indeed a rank list entry for one man:

    "Comdt.: Gen. Lt. Gr. [= Commandant: Generalleutnant Graf] zu Rantzau".

    A little Google-ing tells me that there was a Heinrich Adalbert Graf von Rantzau (27 Oct. 1834 - 11 June 1891) who was a Prussian Generalleutnant and the garrison commander of Koblenz and the Fortress of Ehrenbreitstein. This would appear to be him.

    The second scan is apparently composed of excerpts from a list of abbreviations in the rank list, using only those that are relevant to the man in question.

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    Thank you very much for your help, Andreas...Much appreciated, Friend!
    cheers, Glenn

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    HLP you are correct, I pulled the data directly from the Prussian army list from 1891. Thanks so much for the translation, I could not read the old letters.

    Based on your response, I need to recheck the decorations against what is written in the lists. I have several medal sets from my framily but his are missing. Hoping with enough time (and money) I may be able to replace everything.

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