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Imperial German Reservist’s stein of Otto Kühne, who served with the 8. Kompany., Eisenbahn Regiment Nr. 1, Berlin-Schöneberg, from 1910 – 1912. The stein displays five side scenes, roster, Locomotive finial and Prussian eagle thumblift. The stein is flawless.
Eisenbahn troops were part of the elite Garde and were responsible for guarding and maintaining the railroads within Germany, and during wartime the General Staff took over direct control of the units of the Eisenbahn regiments. This unit was garrisoned at Berlin-Schöneberg which was the first station building of the Royal Prussian military railway constructed in 1877.
Max Immelmann (21 September 1890 – 18 June 1916) who was the first German World War I flying ace served as an officer candidate in this unit. He was the first aviator to win the Pour le Merite, and was awarded it at the same time as Oswald Boelcke. His name has become attached to a common flying tactic, the Immelmann turn, and remains a byword in aviation. He is credited with 15 aerial victories. In 1905, Immelmann was enrolled in the Dresden Cadet School. He joined the Eisenbahnregiment (Railway Regiment) Nr. 2 in 1911 as a Fahnrich in pursuit of a commission. He left the army in March 1912 to study mechanical engineering in Dresden. He returned to service on the outbreak of war, as a reserve officer candidate. He was assigned to Eisenbahnregiment Nr. 1, but soon transferred to aviation.