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Oberjäger

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  1. It seems like the right forum to me. Your relative was not in the 50th division. He was in the Hessian Landsturm infantry, which would have been appropriate for his age. The number 50 on their collars indicate the Brigade they were formed from. This insignia was ordered changed in 1915 when Roman numerals for the army corps were added and the battalions were numbered consecutively within the corps. If he was 55 years old when this photo was taken, then I am assuming that he is one of the gray haired men in the center and right in the first row. All others appear too young. Most likely his was an immobile unit, which meant that it performed duties inside Germany. Such units were involved in guard duty and training type activities. They wear the Hessian pattern belt buckle and Hesssian state cockade (red and white on the bands of their caps.

     

    I hope this helps get you started.

     

    Regards,

    Chip 

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  2. Here's mine and a few others from my collection.

     

     

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