The Peter and Gertrud Klopp Family Project

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Friedrich Otto Karl Klopp (1878-1957) – Part II


Military Service in China and Bavaria (Chart I – II)

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The Eight-Nations Alliance in the Boxer Rebellion

The Eight-Nations Alliance in the Boxer Rebellion 1900-1901 –

During the Boxer Rebellion Karl Klopp first belonged until June 1001 to the 4th East Asian Infantry Regiment ‘Count Montgelas’, then until the completion of the campaign in October 1901 he was part of 2nd Infantry Regiment.

Russian Troops Storming Beijing_Gates - Photo Credit:

Russian Troops Storming Beijing_Gates – Photo Credit:

On March 8, 1901 he participated in a mountain battle at the Thanscheng Pass. There he succeeded in the capture of four cannons, for which he received for the first time military recognition. Overall he was awarded during his service the Bavarian medal for bravery, the Prussian military medal, the Austrian First Class Medal for Bravery, the China Commemorative Coin and the Prince Regent Luitpold medal.

Typical Commemorative Medals -

Typical French Commemorative Medals 1900-1901 – Photo Credit:

After his return from China he served until September 1903 again at his home battalion at Straubing. There on March 1, 1902 he was promoted to the rank of a sergeant. His subsequent assignment to the Infantry Regiment ‘Prince Ruprecht’ can be seen as a special privilege and preference in recognition of his exemplary role as a leader.


Insignia of the Bavarian Army - Photo Credit:

Insignia of the Bavarian Army – Photo Credit:

During that time he suffered an injury to his left knee and was transferred on October 5, 1903 to the reserve beginning his civilian life.

To be continued next Thursday …

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