First War Awards & Documents to Major Friedrich Lautenschlager
WWII Awards & Documents to Major Friedrich Lautenschlager - Group of Three: Bavaria: Military Merit Order of St. Michael, 4th Class Cross with Swords (silver and enamels, 41.3 mm x 44.7 mm); Prussia: Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914 (silver, iron core, magnetic, 42.3 mm); and Bavaria: Prince Regent Luitpold Army Jubilee Medal, Bronze Grade (bronze, 32.3 mm x 38 mm), mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, with its three-Ribbon Ribbon Bar (17.8 mm x 46.5 mm, silvered swords on the 4th Class Cross ribbon); Prussia: Iron Cross 1st Class (silver and black paint, iron core, magnetic, marked "KO" on the reverse, 43 mm, vertical pinback); Third Reich: War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords (tombac, 50 mm); Imperial: Hindenburg Cross for Combatants (bronze gilt on metal, marked "G10" on the reverse, 37.5 mm); Imperial: Reich War Veteran Organization "Kyffhauser" Medal (bronze gilt, measuring 30.8 mm x 47 mm); Imperial: Wound Badge, Black Grade (black paint on iron, magnetic, 39.5 mm x 43.5 mm, vertical pinback); No. 14 Bayern Infantry Regiment, Hartmann, Nuremberg 100th Anniversary Medal 1814-1914 (silver, 34.7 mm x 40.8 mm); No. 14 Bayern Infantry Regiment, Nuremberg 1814-1939 Badge (bronze gilt on aluminum, maker marked "C. BALMBERGER NÜRNBERG" on the reverse, 49 mm x 62.6 mm, horizontal pinback); and his Identification Tag (steel, engraved "Oblt. Lautenschlager / bayr. 21. Inf. Regt. / Stab.", 55.5 mm x 70.7 mm). Extremely fine. Accompanied by seven Award Documents for the Bavarian Military Merit Order of St. Michael, 4th Class Cross with Swords (dated August 10, 1915), the Prussian Iron Cross 1st Class 1914 (dated October 3, 1918), the Prussia Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914 (dated September 17, 1914), the Bavarian Prince Regent Luitpold Army Jubilee Medal, Bronze Grade (dated June 1, 1914), the Third Reich's War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords (dated April 20, 1943), the Reich War Veteran Organization "Kyffhauser" Medal (dated January 15, 1922), the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants (dated February 28, 1935) and the Wound Badge, Black Grade (dated September 9, 1918). Footnote: Friedrich Lautenschlager was born on December 24, 1885 in Kehlbach, Oberfranken, the son of Förster Josef Lautenschlager (died July 31, 1905) and Elisabeth Übler, residing in Weiden i.O. He served for one year as a volunteer in 7.K.B. Inf. Rgt. 11 (October 1, 1907 to September 30, 1908), was promoted supernumerary Gefrieter (April 1, 1908), supernumerary Unteroffizier (July 1, 1908), then released as a Reserve Officer Aspirant and promoted Vizefeldwebel dR (May 1, 1909). He was on reserve exercises (March 1 to May 1, 1909, July to September 1909, September to October 1911, July to September 1912). Lautenschlager achieved the rank of Leutnant dR on January 10, 1911. He is documented as Geprufter Kameralpraktikant at Bahnhofstr. 8/11, Furth (1913) and Rentamtsassessor Nuenberg vorm Wald near Amberg (1914), later Rentamtsassessor Regensburg, Ostendorferstr. 2. Lautenschlager's early WWI military service saw him named as Platoon Commander with KB Inf. Rgt. 11 in the field (August 7, 1914), seeing front line action shortly thereafter at Schlacht in Lothringen (August 20th-21st). He was later named Company Commander 7./KB Infantry Regiment 11 (August 26th to September 18th), seeing front line action at Schlacht bei Luneville (August 22nd to September 14th). Lautenschlager's term as Company Commander terminated on the 18th, when he was declared "sick" at Saulny. He was invalided and hospitalized at Festungs Lazarett Metz-Montigny (September 19th to October 12th), at Teillazarett Sanatorium Dornbluth Wiesbaden (October 13th to November 23rd) and at Vereinslazarett Schloss Steinach (November 23rd to March 31, 1915), although no indication as to why he was hospitalized exists in his records. He was transferred to Ersatz Battalion/ KB. Inf. Rgt. 11 on April 1, 1915 and was released from all military service for one year, four days later on the 5th. However, he was not re-mustered as "fit for war service" until December 5, 1917 and served on the home front. That summer, he was named Oberleutnant dR on July 1, 1915 and was discharged with applicable pension. Two weeks later, he was named Company Commander in the 2nd Replacement Battalion / KB Inf. Rgt. 11 on July 15th, a position he assumed for the next eighteen months before being named Commander of the 7th Company/Unified Field Recruit Depot, 5th Bavarian Infantry Division on January 26, 1917. The year 1918 would prove to be a busy one for Lautenschlager: he attended the 64th Training Course for Machine Guns at Hammelburg (February 28th to March 23rd), attended a "Waffen Offiziere" course at Halberstadt (April 3rd to May 15th), ordered to KB Inf. Rgt. 21 as a regimental Machine Gun Officer (May 27th), placed as a Machine Gun Officer on Staff / KB Inf. Rgt. 21 (June 6th), attended an instruction course for Machine Pistols at Mons (July 31st to August 10th), then placed on recuperation leave in Regensburg and Munich (July 27th to October 18th, which was extended to November 5th). He was awarded his Wound Badge on September 9, 1918 as an Oberleutnant with dR KB Inf. Rgt. 11, not for being wounded in action but being for being "rendered unfit for active duty while on active duty in enemy territory". Later that year, he was named Commander of the 2nd Machine Gun Company / KB. Inf. Rgt. 21 (November 14th) and Commander of the 2nd Battery / KB Inf. Rgt. 21 (December 4th). He was placed "on leave" in Regensburg over the Christmas period (December 21, 1918 to January 5, 1919) before being discharged on January 5, 1919. Post-war, he was named char. Hauptmann dR aD on November 29, 1921. By 1935, he was named Regierungsrat (qualified for the highest civil service) 1.R. and living in Munich. Upon mobilization for WWII in 1939, Lautenschlager was named Hauptmann dR zV, at the age of 53, with a promotion four years later to Major dR zV in April 1943. For his war service in both conflicts, he was awarded the Bavarian Prince Regent Luitpold Army Jubilee Medal, Bronze Grade (as Leutnant with dR KB Inf. Reg. 11, dated June 1, 1911), Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914 (as Leutnant with dR KB Inf. Reg. 11, dated September 17, 1914), the Military Merit Order of St. Michael, 4th Class Cross with Swords (as Leutnant with dR aD KB Inf. Reg. 11, effective August 1, 1915), the Prussian Iron Cross 1st Class 1914 (as Oberleutnant dR KB Inf. Reg. 11, dated October 3, 1918), the Reich War Veteran Organization "Kyffhauser" Medal (January 15, 1922) and the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants (as Regierungsrat iR, Munich, February 28, 1935), and later, the Third Reich's War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords (as Major (dR zV) stellv. GenKdo VII. AK, April 20, 1943).