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Can anyone recognise this uniform?


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Hello, me and my family are trying to find anything about my Great Great Grandfather which served in the Austrian Navy.

 

If anyone has any information on his uniform please share it with me.

 

His military files where lost in Trieste during the second world war and we have very little information on him since my great aunty sold all his stuff :(

 

The picture below is him.

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Welcome to the Forum !

My limited views of Austrian uniforms from Wiki search only reveal that the pom -poms on the left side of the tunic are worn in the colour of green by Infantry and in red by Landsturm.The coloured collar might be worth a search on as is probably specific to a unit/rank.

The medal is the Austrian World War 1 Commemorative Medal. When it was first issued I can't be sure, but it was gazetted by the Govt in 1932 and a clasp of crossed swords added in 1933 for those in front line service/wounded/prisoner etc. So it is possible that this photo was taken quite a while after the war.

 

Later: Collar matches to a Gemeiner (Private) of the Infantry. Navy doesn't have collar like this.

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52 minutes ago, sotonmate said:

 

... the pom -poms on the left side of the tunic are worn in the colour of green by Infantry and in red by Landsturm...

 

Light Green = Jaeger, k.k. Landwehr foot troops

Dark Green = specialist engineers and pioneers

Darker Green = Telegraph troops and railways

Green (different design) = Landeschutze

Scarlet Red = Line infantry and border troops

Rose Red = engineers

Red (different design ) = artillery

Red & Yellow= Infantry sharpshooters

Green & yellow = Jaeger sharpshooters

 

There are quite a few other variations too...

 

 

Dave

 

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1 hour ago, sotonmate said:

 Collar matches to a Gemeiner (Private) of the Infantry.

 

The collars, unfortunately, don't give the branch of service as they were coloured according to regiment rather than branch ... ie. an infantry regiment could have a yellow collar tab (eg. 27 IR, 22 IR, 2 HIR, 31 HIR), but so could cavalry (12 KR, 5 HKR) all of whom had exactly the same colour collar ... the variation is even more extreme with the reds, greens and blues which can be found across most branches. The only way to be certain on actual regiment/branch is to cross reference the collar colour with the number (and colour!) of the shoulder tab button (almost an impossibility on photographs).

 

Dave.

 

(PS the medal could actually be the Verwundetenmedaille with two (?) ribbon stripes indicating that he had been twice wounded)

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