I'd be very grateful for any help anyone might be able to give surrounding this photo? I have just been given a picture of my great grandfather, who I was told was a Major in a cavalry battalion, and who was killed in the first days of the German invasion of 1939.
I've found a lot of great info in threads on this forum already, but I'd be grateful if anyone could help with a couple of points please.
Can anyone help with the uniform - is it actually a cavalry uniform?
It seems that the patch on the badge, from another thread on here, may denote that he was (or had been) a machine gunner. Is that right?
I think the medal on the right (his left) is the Cross of Valour, with bar, but I could be wrong. I have my grandfather's medal (his son, who served in the AK) and it looks very similar. Can anyone help with the other medal?
The three badges below, again from a great thread on this forum, seem like they could be badges to show membership of the Greater Poland Army, a campaign medal for participation in the uprising against the Germans, and the one on the left looks a little like some I've seen commemorating service in the battle at Lwow of 1918.
The shoulder rank insignia looks to be Major, but the examples I found have two stripes at the bottom under the star, and this one seems to have something extra over the top of those stripes.
I stand to be corrected on all of the above - I'd be very grateful if anyone can confirm what any of the items he is wearing might be, or anything you might know about the uniform?
Thank you very much for reading this and any suggestions you might have.