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    creating replica uniforms, decorations, all periods

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  1. filfoster

    WW1 Italian Army rank insignia

    Thank you both! It seems like this area would benefit from a good comprehensive reference with some color plates and photos. Evidently there is not yet enough interest to make it commercially attractive?
  2. Does anyone know of a decently comprehensive illustrated guide to rank insignia of the Reggio Esercito in WW1? The Osprey offering is deficient in illustrating the rank insignia as is the Mollo WW1 book. There are a few, incomplete hits on Google. Specifically, what was the cuff rank and collar insignia for a Colonel in command of a Brigade? What colonel insignia was the three silver stars surrounded by gold embroidery? Molte grazie per le risposte.....
  3. Thanks much for this. Although it doesn't answer the question of who first thought it needed to be done, it is very satisfying to see the regulation itself.
  4. Still, some one individual first had the idea. That idea obviously found enough agreement to get it done. I think it would be fun/rewarding to identify who first had this idea, although I am resigned to the fact that it is probably lost to history.
  5. It is still incongruous to me that in the midst of a world war, someone (still unidentified!) thought these added distinctions were necessary. The insignia for field marshals had included the same collar and shoulder cords as for generals since 1870, granting the collar patches began about 1900 and that many generals entitled wore regimental distinctions. The WW1 field marshals, when not wearing regimental distinctions, wore shoulder cords and collar patches in common with lower grades of general, but with the shoulder devices of field marshal. I hope someone can identify the father of this brainchild.
  6. It'll be worth the wait. The Germans were so incongruous; fighting a world war but not too busy to create and amend uniform details that arguably didn't need to be done at all. I read somewhere that von Leeb was annoyed at the extra expense of changing these collar patches and shoulder cords. Clearly he wasn't the one lobbying for the sartorial enhancements.
  7. I doubt there's any source for this information but it's amazing to consider. On the eve of a two-front, total war for the triumph (soon to be just survival) of the Reich, some particular individual of sufficient importance thought it necessary to add more gold to the uniforms of field marshals. Only the Germans! I do hope someone with better researching skills or at least a hunch and a better database can point to the someone we can credit this idiocy.
  8. filfoster

    Aw Hecht!

    Many of the uniforms look distinctly blue. It must be an interesting story how this adjective came to be applied to that color.
  9. No one has statutes or portraits to support this? My guess, if it existed, was that it was for the head of the order, the Kaiser, but this is only a speculation.
  10. As a student of German uniforms, I'm glad the Germans tweaked the collar and shoulder insignia for the field marshal rank in April, 1941, but I'm curious about why and even more, who? Someone had to come up with this idea of a little extra bling for the field marshals, a little ego boost (as if this lot suffered self-esteem issues), that cost them tailoring money and gave workers and valets a couple of projects. It would be fun to identify exactly who woke up one day and just had to get this ball rolling. It's not as if the Germans didn't have more pressing concerns by mid-1941. So, Who and why? I don't know if Hugo Boss, often credited with the design of the Wehrmacht uniforms, decided to pad his commission but I would guess someone in the armed forces high command got this wild hair.
  11. filfoster

    Field grade officer rank stars

    Christian 1962: Thank you!
  12. Fantasy piece? It's a shame as it's an attractive piece. Why would they copy it in gold when silver would have been less expensive and more authentic? Weird.
  13. filfoster

    Aw Hecht!

    Thank you! I have wondered about this for years! I should have asked here sooner. One of life's mysteries answered!
  14. filfoster

    Aw Hecht!

    I apologize for this in advance but I am curious: What does the 'pike' in 'pike gray' refer to? A fish? A road? A pole?
  15. filfoster

    Field grade officer rank stars

    So there were no firm regulations about it?