Any help would be greatly appreciated in identifying the uniform and medals in these two photographs please. I have no idea who the blokes in the photographs are. They are in a family album that belonged to my Great Great Grandfather Gustav Aldoph Albert Kuhlmey. The album contains photographs of family and friends.
I received the following response from Dr. James M. Owston when I posted this blog post on Google Plus.
They appear to be Prussian/German Empire uniforms following the Franco-Prussian war. They are both probably post war. They are officers, but impossible to tell their grade as the insignia on their shoulder cords is not visible.
In the top photo, he is wearing a Pour le Mérite (later nicknamed “the Blue Max”) and the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross around his neck. On his breast, he is wearing Iron Cross, First Class.
In the bottom photo, he is wearing a Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves. On his breast, he is wearing Iron Cross, First Class.
In addition on the right breast of each soldier there is a button hole ribbon. Many of these looked similar in black and white photos, but I believe both men have the ribbon for the Iron Cross, Second Class.
See also Gustav Kuhlmey – Can you identify his German Uniform?
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