In spring 1918 the War Office of the Austrian Hungarian monarchy decieded, as propaganda activity at the allies of the Balkans, to send Fricsay with his orchestra on a trip abroad to Bulgaria and Turkey. The name Honvéd was well-known and appreciated in Turkey.
Professor Germanus, known as orientalist and government assignee, also as good friend of Djemal Pascha, the Minister of War, accompanied the Military Band. After the concert at court Fricsay got as presents "The officer Star Medal Medjidie" and the medal "Omanie" personally given by sultan Mehmed.
But however the most decorative award "The Iron Half-Moon" was only given for services at the front. Fricsay indicated how much he desired this medal and asked Prof. Germanus of interven-tion at the Minister of War Djemal Pasha to make an inquiry of exception. Completely under the impression of Fricsay's concert, the minister agreed without hesitation.
Djemal called his adjutant to whom Germanus dictate the datas for the document. At the question "which front Fricsay had proved his bravery" Germanus (known as a jester) reflected a short moment and answered quick-wittedly "At the Gambrinus front." The adjutant wrote unsuspectingly as dictated.
Only insiders could know that at home Fricsay was giving daily concerts with his military music in a big Budapest beer hall, named "Gambrinus" as the king of beer's.
Just after receiving the award of honours, Fricsay held the document in his hand and read. He got angry.
However, nobody could notice his annoyance. He put on a smile, than, covering with his right hand the awarded medal, he made an easy bow and hissed between his teeth: "Something comparable can only be caused by the rogue called Germanus!"