A Superb First War Aviation Grouping to Austrian Hauptmann
A Superb First War Aviation Grouping to Austrian Hauptmann Anton Sieber - consisting of the medal bar, and Four Fine Quality Flying Badges: group of 12, mounted as originally worn, comprising: Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914, magnetic; Württemberg, Order of the Crown, Knight with Swords, in Gold and enamels, extremely fine; Austria, Order of the Iron Crown, Third Class with War Decoration, in bronze gilt and enamels, with star mark on ring, extremely fine; Austria, War Merit Cross, in silver and enamels, slight enamel chipping, very fine; Austria, Signum Laudis, Silver Grade; Austria, Signum Laudis, Bronze Grade; Karl Troop Cross, zinc; Germany, 1914-18 Honor/Hindenburg Cross with Swords; Austrian 1914-18 Commemorative Medal; Austrian 1848-1908 Commemorative Medal;Austria, Red Cross Decoration; Hungary, WWI Commemorative Medal; in generally extremely fine condition, excellent quality overall and rare combination of awards; with a matching ribbon bar. Badges: Austrian Pilot’s Badge, Emperor Franz Joseph, by J. Zimbler, Wien, in bronze gilt and enamels, extremely fine;Austrian Pilot’s Badge, Emperor Karl, by Rothe, Wien, in silver gilt and enamels, hallmarked, extremely fine, of superb quality and very rare by this maker; AustrianGeneral Flying Badge, Emperor Karl, by BSW (Bruder Schneider Wien), a rare maker of this badge; Prussian Observer’s Badge, in silvered tombac, hollow, excellent quality, unmarked, extremely fine; Turkey, A 1915 Campaign Star (Iron Crescent), German Made, by BB & Co., very fine; together with Masonic award, named to Anton Sieber, dated 21 February 1926. Footnote: Summary of Service from the files of the War Intelligence of the Luftwaffe, Vienna Branch; Anton Sieber, born November 16, 1881 in Nieder Kreibitz, Warnsdorf, Bohemia, where he completed 6 classes of Volksschule, 4 classes of Gymnasium, and 6 classes of Cadet Academy: August 18, 1901: named Cadet Officer Representative in rank of Infantry Regiment 27, from September 1, 1901 after exmatriculating form the Infantry Academy in Prague; November 1, 1902: Made Leutnant Rank #18; November 1, 1904: Transferred to Infantry Regiment 73; 1904-1909: Company Officer, Junior Battalion Commandant, Baonsadjutant, Mobreferent; May 1, 1909: Made Oberleutnant; 1912-1913: Officer Corps School in Prague and War Academy; November 1, 1913: Assigned to the General Staff P.V.Bl; November 4, 1913: Appointed Leutnant in the Royal & Imperial to the Head of the General Staff of the 62nd Infantry Brigade Command; August 1, 1914: Made Hauptmann, assigned to General Staff Rank Nr. 465; August 14, 1914: Wounded; October 3, 1914: Awarded the Military Merit Medal in Bronze on the ribbon of the Military Merit Cross in recognition of brave conduct in the face of the enemy; May 1915: assigned to the German Carrier Pidgeon Battalion, took part in Bomber Wing Mission against Rzeszow. Engaged in Air War with Russian Monoplanes; September 1, 1915: Assigned to the General Staff of the Fortress Command Cracow. Awarded the Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration in recognition of brave conduct as an airman. Met the requirements of a German Observer; November 7, 1915: Awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class by the German Kaiser; October 1, 1915: assigned Flying Officer with the 3rd A.K; May 1916: Awarded the Military Merit Medal in Silver on the ribbon of Military Merit Cross for exceptional conduct in the face of the enemy; June 16, 1916: Air Combat with a Farman in Val Sugana. Recognized with the Karl Troop Cross; April 30, 1917: awarded for a second time the Military Merit Medal in Silver with Swords for brave conduct in the face of the enemy; May 1, 1917: assigned Stoluft with Isa; September 15, 1917: Awarded the Ottoman War Medal from the Sultan; January 12, 1918: awarded the Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with Swords in recognition of exceptional bravery as an airman in the face of the enemy. Awarded the Officers Honour Badge of the Red Cross; July 24, 1917: awarded Knights Cross of the Order of the Crown of Württemberg; August 14, 1917: Assigned Stoluft with Isa; October 2, 1917: Awarded the Pilots Badge; December 24, 1917: transferred to the command of Air Troops as the head of Organizational Troops A.O.K ; December 27, 1917: from the command of Isa. I.: “after nearly half a year of service as Stoluft is Isa. I Hauptmann Anton Sieber is leaving the ranks of Isa. I. With a tremendously heavy heart I dismiss this exceptional General Staff Officer and highly capable Pilot Officer leave our department. Steadfast of purpose in the aid of the Pilots Corps, he will carry on with bombing and recon operations, in particular on the offensive. His quick thinking, and his exemplary bravery have earned him the esteem of his commanders and his men. To the pilots he served as an example and a good comrade. In grateful recognition of the outstanding accomplishments of Hauptman Sieber, I express in the name of highest service my recognition of him.”; August 14, 1918: made a Field Pilot; September 25, 1918: awarded the Field Pilots Badge; October 1, 1918: made Commandant of the Army air Group Belluno; November 4, 1918: transferred to the German Austrian Air Troops; December 6, 1918: made Commandant of the German Austrian Reserve Flying Troops 43 of the State Office for Army Units; August 12, 1919: relieved of command of the German Austrian Flying Troops after voluntarily leaving duty with the State Office for Army Units.