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So here's a question I could not google an answer to on my iPhone. The photo of the JG5 pilots and crew on the front page of the site...what's the deal with the walking sticks the officers have? The appear to have the JG5 squad bomb logo on them, along with marks etc (kills?)

Could not find anything about these online. Anyone have some info or links to info?

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Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:41 am
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You're 100% correct. They're walking sticks with victory markings on them.

http://www.saunalahti.fi/cabpilot/jg5.htm

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As for how the tradition got started:

Some German Officers within World War One are known to have carried walking sticks (called Geschwaderstock) as symbols their leadership and authority. Manfred von Richthofen, for example, had one. Oswald Boelcke did too.

According to Karl-Heinrich Bodenschatz, Manfred von Richthofen's adjutant, Richthofen's specific 'squadron walking-stick' was carved for him by his mechanic, Holzapfel, and became a symbol of the commander of Jagdgeschwader I. When Richthofen was killed, the stick was eventually passed to Goering, who eventually became the commander of JG I.

http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/peopl ... stock.html

My feeling is that the JG 5 officers seen in the picture are emulating this practice.


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Awesome Klaiber! Thanks for posting that!

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Klaiber that is great info, thanks for the post! I have seen these in photos over the years and surmised they were exactly as you described, but have not been able to find any reliable information on them.

They are just cool enough that I might have to find one (most likely a replica) and lean it in the corner.

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Awesome info! I now know what I want for my retirement gift when I am kicked out of JG5! :D

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14./JG5_CRASH wrote:
Awesome info! I now know what I want for my retirement gift when I am kicked out of JG5! :D


Ahh but there's the rub Herr Crash! Nobody is ever KICKED out...but we might one day drink to your name.

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14./JG5_Medar wrote:
Ahh but there's the rub Herr Crash! Nobody is ever KICKED out...but we might one day drink to your name.

But can we pass the drink through our kidneys first?

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