A porcelain gift mug in memory of the first military Christmas night of the 2nd company of the 99th mountain replacement battalion (Gebirgs-Jäger-Ersatz-Bataillon 99) in 1940. We are talking about a reserve battalion, that is, where the recruits were trained, after which they were transferred to the main unit (the regiment with the same number). Personal ID tags, as a rule, remained the same, with the word "Ersatz" in the designation of the battalion. Christmas of 1940 for the 99th regiment was a time of calm before the storm... In June 1940, the regiment was taken to rest after the surrender of France, and in the spring of 1941 it began an assault on Yugoslavia, and then to Russia. Source: lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de.
The mug depicts a battalion fighter in a mountain jäger cap with a loaded mule framed by a rope and with an edelweiss flower below. The inscription KRIEGSWEIHNACHT (military Christmas) 1940 - 2. KOMP. GEB. JAG. ERS. BATL. 99. Mugs with such an image really existed. We offer a quality copy for domestic use and, undoubtedly, a good gift for friends!
The mug is a decoration of its time and can be used in reenactment, filming and expositions. It weighs approximately 300 g and holds 330 ml of liquid. The diameter is 8 cm, the height is almost 10 cm. The inscriptions are applied by hot decalcification (paint is injected into the surface at high temperature), this is not a cheap stencil. The inscriptions are fixed securely and can be washed in a dishwasher.
At the bottom there is a copy of the manufacturer brand: H&G Selb. Bavaria Heinrich 1940. Franz Heinrich worked as a porcelain artist. In 1896, he built a muffle furnace in his parents' house in Selb, and since 1901 he began to produce porcelain. Then he developed his business and the Heinrich Selb factory became one of the largest porcelain producers in Germany. F. Heinrich died in 1928, but his company continued to live and brought together about 800 people in the early 1970s. In 1976, Heinrich Porzellan GmbH was incorporated into the Villeroy & Boch Association of Companies. Source: de.wikipedia.org.