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What does the Stripe on Austrian uniforms mean?

William Jake P

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both is possible. The German word is Trauerflor (mourning band). Officers could wear this if a close familiy member died or if a high ranking member of the royal family passed away or a high ranking officer. In the latter cases there was an order published, detailing measures on how to grieve/honor the dead and for how long. Kaiser Franz Joseph I died 21st  November 1916. The General wearing it is Austrian. Maybe it´s because of the Kaiser´s death.


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I too think that it is most likely a mourning band for the Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria.

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