Scale Model of a Trench
"This model of a front line trench, which a French officer began making in 1915 during captivity and completed at the end of the war, helps us to describe and evoke the difficult atmosphere of siege warfare, also known as trench warfare, between the end of 1914 and March 1918."
(Source: Musée d’Armée)
Armistice Bugle of 11 November 1918
On 7 November 1918, the 171st infantry regiment was in position at La Capelle (Aisne). At around 14:00, a German officer arrived to announce that the official mission of German parliamentarians were coming from Haudroy by road. At 20:20, the convoy advanced with a white flag on the first car. A bugler on the footboard sounded the “ceasefire”. Captain Lhuillier motioned to the convoy to stop. Bugle Corporal Pierre Sellier, born on 8 November 1892 in Beaucourt (territory of Belfort), replaced the German bugler and sounded the “ceasefire” on the footboard of the first car, as recorded by the inscription on the horn of his bugle: “Bugle call of victory/La Capelle/7 November 1918 - 21:00/Pierre Sellier Corporal/in the 171st Infantry Reg” (visual 2). On 11 November 1918, Pierre Sellier once more sounded the ceasefire at Pierre d’Haudroy, as did the other regimental buglers along the front.
(source: Musée d’Armée)
Necklace worn by the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour, Owned by Napoléon I
"On 19 May 1802, Napoleon created the Order of the Legion of Honour, to reward civil and military services to the Nation, after the French Revolution had removed orders and distinctions in the name of egalitarianism. The form of this decoration was set out in a decree in July 1804: a white star with five double branches, decorated with oak and laurel leaves.
The necklace worn by the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour shown here did indeed belong to Napoleon I. Its gold chain is formed of sixteen medallions representing the disciplines of the members of the Order (letters, sciences and arts) and sixteen eagles, all surrounded by two rows of links decorated with bees. The whole group joins the monogram “N”. At the bottom is the star of the Legion of Honour, with a profile of the Emperor at its centre (visual 1). On the back of the clasp is the signature of the goldsmith who made this piece, Martin-Guillaume Biennais.
The history of the Legion of Honour is closely linked to the Hôtel des Invalides, since the first insignia of the Legion of Honour were given out at the Soldiers’ Church (now Church of Saint Louis) on 15 July 1804 (additional object 1). The ceremony is in fact considered as the first official consecration of the Empire in Paris.”
(Source: Musée d’Armée)
Austrian Cross for Merit
Awarded to civilians and lower-ranking soldiers during WWI. One side says “1916” and the other the monogram of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria (FJ) and the words “Viribus Unitis”
(This is a photograph of mine, purchased in British Columbia, Canada.)
My collection of Gustav Fröhlich postcards, two of which were signed by the actor
Hauptmann Stubbendorf su Nurmi, medaglia d’oro in Disciplina militare alle Olimipiadi di Berlino del 1936.
Hauptmann Stubbendorf on Nurmi won the gold medal in the Military Discipline, Olympics in Berlin in 1936.
King Charles IV of Hungary taking his coronation oath December 1916
Portrait of Francis Joseph I of Austria (Moritz Michael Daffinger)
Political cartoon from Austria-Hungary
A XIXth century drawing by R. Von Ottenfeld, showing Austrian cuirassiers, ca. 1815.