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What does it mean to be a part of XYZ Battalion in World War 1?

I found my great-grandfather's obituary and it says that he was a WW1 veteran and that he was a part of the 25th and 46th Battalion. What does this mean?
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What was the process for joining the military in Canada for WW2 and what are the different associated records?

If someone in Canada wanted to join in on World War 2 what was the process, requirements, and associated records for each step? For example, did they have to do informal training first or do an oath ...
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Where to find World War 2 records for Canada?

I was told a family story and I would like to see if there are any records to verify the story. I was told that my grandfather began the military training for WW2 but just as he finished the military ...
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Obtaining Brazilian military service records?

Is it possible to obtain records of Brazilian military service from individuals who may have served in the early/mid 20th century? I have not seen any such records on familysearch.org or ancestry.com. ...
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Finding World War 1 military record for Hauptmann Karl Stephan [duplicate]

Although my question doesn't concern my own genealogy I hope I can get some help or advice at this site. I do a lot of research in Dutch archives especially on interned German soldiers and deserters ...
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What might someone being a “real Object of Charity” in 1753 London indicate about their circumstances?

Today I received a scan of the admission papers of John Smyth (who I believe to be my 4th great grandfather) into Greenwich Hospital School. The first page reads (with handwritten parts italicized): ...
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WW2 soldier details [duplicate]

my grandfather was a German soldier and I want to know if there is anyway I can find his records? I have his name details but have been unable to find out any other details. I have tried Ancestry with ...
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Seeking World War 1 military record Antonio Alphonso Ferrari of Italy [duplicate]

I am seeking any records of my grandfather who fought on the italian side in World War 1. His name was Antonio Alphonso Ferrari. His fathers name was Felice ferrari and his mothers name was Dorothea ...
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Italian Navy National Service

Would like to know where my father Mario Siega served as I am trying to make a family tree and have had a problem finding any information about him. He was born in Trieste Italy in January 1914
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Looking for Franz Msyk Dispatch rider in the Second World War awarded the second and first class Iron cross [duplicate]

My dad was a dispatch rider in the second world war for Germany because of his job and the danger he was awarded the iron Cross first and second class he was captured by a resistance group and was ...
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Tracing German WW2 soldier's name with number 7001519

My great grandfather from South Africa took a knife and fork set from a German soldier during World War II in Italy. On the back of the knife with the swastika symbol there is a number ...7001519 ...
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Where can I find the records of WW1 deserters?

I heard rumours that my grandfather William Balshaw deserted in WW1 and ended up in Cape Town, South Africa in 1917 where he took the name of Selby. Where can I find the records of WW1 deserters?
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War record book of German soldier [duplicate]

I have a war record book belonging to a German man from WW1. I would like to contact his family if possible to return it. What is the best way to go about this?
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Finding war record of Karl Weber who was German WW2 POW based in England? [duplicate]

I'm looking for information on a German POW based taken to a camp in England during WW2. His name was Karl Weber I believe at some point he was based in Nuneaton. He could speak English and was the '...
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What does “bur nav” mean in an active Navy directory?

Nicholas B Van Bergen is listed as "bur nav" on page 104 of the January 1938 Registers of the Commissioned, Warrant, and Volunteer Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States: What ...
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What might letters L.H.M. after name at Chelsea Hospital (London) burial mean?

In Ancestry.com's England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 there is an image from Piece 4330: Chelsea Hospital (Church of England non-parochial), 1691-1765 which ...
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Seeking unknown History to German soldier [duplicate]

Who can help me find Franz Hauser service in the German Army? He was born in 1924. Sent to the eastern front, wounded and transferred to a hospital at Dombås in Norway where he fell in love with a ...
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Searching for information about WWII German soldier? [duplicate]

I am searching for information about Siegfried Cornarius. Allegedly his father was in the same unit in WWI as Adolf Hitler. Cornarius served in North Africa with Field Marshall Rommel. Later he was ...
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Verify facts about military service and use of alias

On this website it mentions: William Henry Baker And states he was using an alias and his original name was Albert Budd. To quote the site: William Henry Baker, he served under an alias, his real ...
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Camp Des Chaumes, France WWII

My father was assigned to Camp Des Chaumes during WWII. I have a painting of the camp made by a prisoner, Johann Thomsen, dated 1946. I am trying to find out any information about the camp and about ...
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How to find German battle accounts

I’m wondering if someone can point me in the right direction. My uncle was shot down by a German night fighter, which was apparently confirmed by obtained German documents a year after. The documents ...
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Are there any online resources to verify death of a inmate at Fort Leavenworth?

One of my cousins asserts that her Uncle died "in prison" at Fort Leavenworth Kansas on 1 Jan 1976. Are there any online resources that would verify the death of a prisoner (assuming that he was ...
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WWII Draft Records for Washington State

My father was drafted into WWII in 1943-44. I have searched online resources extensively for his Draft Registration Card, coming up with nothing. (This surprises me as I have easily been able to find ...
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Seeking records of Prussian army artillery service in 1880s?

My grandfather Adolph Schwintowski was in Prussian Army Artillery. We had a certificate with his picture on it, very delicate and cracked. I don't have the dates because in one of my moves while in ...
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Marshalls fought in the Spanish Civil War

I am trying to find out if I am related to Marshalls who fought in the Spanish Civil War. There were Marshalls killed in battle outside Madrid.
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Was there a Morascini (Morrasini) on Italian naval roster anywhere during 19th century?

I am looking for a family connection to seafaring in 19th century. The Morascini (Morrasini) family were located in the lower Alps region of northern Italy. Was there a Morascini (Morrasini) on ...
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Reading remarks from Royal Hospital, Chelsea record from early 19th century?

The below picture is cropped from an image at Ancestry.com's UK, Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Regimental Registers of Pensioners, 1713-1882: It relates to my 4th great grandfather Edmund Rouse who has ...
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Identifying Military Uniform from Franco Prussian War?

I am looking for information regarding my great-great grandfather Heinrich Rositzky and the military uniform he is wearing, and if a unit or even his rank could possibly be determined by it. ...
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Learning personal history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen?

I am researching the history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen, originally from Flensburg in Germany, born 2 June 1911. He was the commander of the U-182, which was sunk on 16 May 1943, when he died. His ...
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Family History Grandfather who served in 7th Panzer Division War Records [duplicate]

I am trying to locate my grandfather’s war records I have his service number his division & discharge papers. He was a POW in Algiers 1944. But I want more information about where he was posted ...
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23rd Light Dragoons

Any one have knowledge of the 23rd Light Dragoons who fought at the Battles of Talavera & Waterloo? My G/G/G/G/Dad William King was the trumpet Major to the regiment His Son fought alongside ...
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Emil Fuchs military history from world war 1 [duplicate]

Looking for military information, photos, rank, awards, duty stations, battles etc for Emil Fuchs. Born 7/25/1892, Deggendorf Germany.
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What uniform is this?

This is a photo of my grandfather, Frank Leslie Hill, b.1903. To the best knowledge of the family he did not serve in the armed forces. However we have found this photograph of him and wondered if ...
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Can this Verlustliste record be excluded or verified based on what (little) I know?

My mother (who is only related by marriage to the family in question) recounted a story that my great-grandmother's little brother died in the first World War when he and a group of fellow young ...
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Finding military records for Romanian pilots stationed in Jüterbog during WWII? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find military records about my uncle, Chis CONSTANTIN. As far as we know he was a Romanian pilot within Luftwaffe, who graduated from flight school in Medias, Romania, and from 1942 was ...
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Finding WW1 military record of German ancestor?

I’m trying to find out information about my German Great Great Grandfather (the guy on the left on the photograph). His name was Karl Griesbach, Born on 2nd March 1877 and died on 17th October 1942. ...
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Decoding trophy cards of german soldiers (WWII)

Could anyone help with decoding the handwriting on two german photo cards from WWII?
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How to decode / read US Veterans Bureau Form 7202?

In doing some family background research, I came across an old military service record which says it is a "Form 7202 - Rev. Sept., 1927". I would like to decipher the meanings of the various codes to ...
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What was William H. Clements' military service shown on this military grave registration?

I know that William H. Clements was part of the Mississippi Rifles from a military pension record index entry. Specifically, he served 1846-1847 in Company C. According to the Army National Guard ...
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British War Medal

Could you tell me where I might apply for my grandfather's British War Medal his name is John Percy Blackburn, he joined the NREF in Murmansk 1918 Middlesex Regiment and was a 2nd lieutenant?
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Finding military record of B F Ervin of 2nd Indiana Cavalry?

Find A Grave Memorial 22835373 includes a gravestone photo with this inscription: B. F. ERVIN CO, D. 2ND IND CAV This seems to suggest that B. F. Ervin served in the 2nd Indiana ...
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How to help adoptee find her father without outing him?

I provide a lot of background, which may not all be essential. Feel free to skip to the question. Background I was contacted by a woman who got a 3rd cousin match with me online. She told me that ...
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Passenger manifests - internal sailings uk?

Being ignorant of these matters I presume a list/timetable of sailings still exists. from this I might be able to shortlist any sailing that might give me the information I'm searching for. Firstly, ...
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What ships did father serve on in Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)? [duplicate]

My father Wilfred Charles Shortland served as Engineering Officer for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. I am trying to find the ships when he was stationed in Malta in 1929-1934 and ships when stationed in ...
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Finding records in the place of origin of an immigrant to Canada & USA from Poland?

I need research strategies to find birth and early family records of Teodor Pawlowicz born Feb 26,1890 Dzikow, Poland. I believe the village is actually Stary Dzikow. He emigrated to Canada Quebec ...
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Researching relative's WW II Italian military service?

I have an uncle who died during Italy's WW II incursion into Russia. I have no details of the military unit he was in. Is it possible to: establish the miltary unit my uncle served under? identify ...
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Listing Protocol when there is birth name and other “also known as”?

I have been researching many (Australian) military/archival records and found a relatively small number of people who signed up for WWI and WWII did so in a name different to their birth name. For ...
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Finding Foreign Legion recruits from WW2?

I'd like to contact the Foreign Legion to find out about one of their recruits from WW2 - what is the best way to do it? I've already sent an email but there hasn't been a reply in weeks. Would they ...
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Finding US marine ancestor without knowing birthdate?

I am trying to track down my US grandad / his family but keep hitting brick walls without his date of birth. I am English but my mum was born in Germany in 1949 to a German National mum and a US ...
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Researching German relative in WWI

I am trying to find out more about my German Great-grandfather who fought in (and survived) World War I. I have found a reference to his being badly injured on the 26th January 1917 in the German ...