WWI Hero Major George Rau Presentation watch…Hamilton 992


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A very rare opportunity to own a piece of WW1 history. Military presentation watches, and one of this significance, rarely come along.  Major George Rau was born in 1882 and died at the BATTLE OF CHATEAU THIERRY in 1918.    Major Rau and the 26th Division was mostly made up of National Guardsmen back home in Connecticut.  Major Rau and the 26th Division were sent to France in Febuary of 1918.   In April 0f 1918, the U.S. military faced the first major battle with the germans at Seicheprey France.  The German forces were the best in the world at the time, and their new tactics such as flamethrowing was bestowed upon Rau’s forces at Seicheprey.  After about 18 hous of fighting, the U.S. forces under Rau pushed the german forces out of Seicheprey.  It was estimated approx. 2500 german troops were on the ground at Seicheprey. Major Rau and his troops were hero’s and their victory propelled the increase of war bonds back home in America.  

There is a small story of this presentation watch in The Hartford Courant in 1916. This watch was presented to Major Rau on board a train coming back from Arizona in 1916. I have put together a very nice book covering countless stories of Major Rau.  A very rare opportunity to own a piece of history.  Don’t miss!!

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Pocket Watch Size



Mechanical (Hand-winding)

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