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  1. I thought that the photo had the kind of emulsion that was not sensitive to blue. It's only too bad that the resolution of the photo is poor and we cannot even see whether there is the shadow of the blue cross.
  2. I might be mistaken, but the marked star could be the Order of the Star of Romania.
  3. Photo of old Austrian unit

    Thank you all for your contributions on this detective search. I am amazed by all your knowledge and for how quick you have replied me.
  4. Photo of old Austrian unit

    Thank you all for the replies. You seem to have extraordinary knowledge. With your help I can conclude that in the studio photo from Bistrita, most likely taken in 1898 (he wears the Jubilee Commemorative Medal of 1898 - maybe the reason to take the photo), Eduard was a feldwebel. Then, in the group photo taken at the latest in 1899 (maybe it marked the end of the 'Metalka-era' of the regiment), Eduard was a fähnrich. Now it remains the question of the regiments in which he served. In 1898 he could have been part of the 63rd Infantry Regiment. Then in 1899 he was part of the 2nd Hungarian Infantry Regiment stationed in Metalka. I understand that the collar colour of the 63rd Infantry Regiment was orange-yellow. What was the colour of the 2nd Hungarian Infantry Regiment? Or of the 22nd Landwehr Regiment? I have seen that the latter was stationed in Cernauti (Czernowitz in German). Maybe this was the reason Eduard later settled in Bucovina? Was any of these regiments stationed in Prague between 1917-1918? A bit of quick research showed that 32ndLandwehr Regiment was also stationed in Bistrita, so I think we should add this to our detective search.
  5. Photo of old Austrian unit

    What was his rank in the Metalka photo? Was he a Feldwebel in the studio photo? Was his uniform special in any way? In the family he was mentioned as being part of the Austrian military postal service in the last years of the empire. After the war he settled in the Itcani (Itzkany in German) suburb of Suceava, where he worked for the Romanian postal service until the 1930s. Detail of the studio photo.
  6. Photo of old Austrian unit

    This is the best I could do.
  7. Photo of old Austrian unit

    Thanks a lot. I think he was only NCO. Earlier opinions on the forum based on the studio photo were Zugsführer or Feldwebel. I think I have identified him in the first photo. What can you say about his rank in comparison to the studio photo?
  8. Photo of old Austrian unit

    Hi! Can you post the whole list? Maybe we can find him there. His name was Eduard Victor Gürtesch. Thanks in advance.
  9. Photo of old Austrian unit

    Thank you all for the additional information. A picture is worth a thousand words: the building in the photo looks like the building in the postcard posted by Paja. Can you comment on the inscription above the gates? Now some background information. I have found the photo among some old papers from my wife’s side. Her great grandfather, a Transylvanian Saxon, (photo below), had been in the Austrian army but no other details were available except a move to Prague between 1917-1918 with his whole family. I have mentioned him before on the forum but the photos have disappeared there. From your posts I suspect that he served in the 2nd Hungarian Infantry Regiment and he was probably posted in Metalka, Bosnia before 1899. Can anyone spot him in the photo? After that he married a girl from Bistrita (Bistritz or Nösen) and they had a daughter in 1902. I would appreciate if you can give any other information about the regiment and its moves.
  10. Photo of old Austrian unit

    Thanks for the reply, but there seems to be only forest there now. Is there any remnant of the building in the forest? I feel somehow that we have to continue the search and look for a suburb of a larger city. Metalka has a Slavic resonance, so my bets are for Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia or something similar. What can you tell about the uniforms or the unit?
  11. I would appreciate any information regarding this photo. Can you identify the location? Or the unit? Other details? I have tried to blow up the inscription above the gates.
  12. Old Russian poster - translation please

    Thanks for the details, Egorka.
  13. Could you please give details regarding this poster? Thanks in advance.
  14. Romania, Independence war medal

    I only have general information about this medal. It was established on 5th of June 1878 and was awarded to all mobilised personnel, irrespective whether they took part to operations across the Danube or remained north of the Danube, as well as to civilian personnel supporting the operations (e.g., civilian medical personnel caring for the wounded) and local militia units involved in operations.
  15. Queen Marie Cross

    Thanks for the photos, Lambert. They are very good to learn about the details of this order. The absence of the gold edges on the ribbon indicate that your cross is from 1917-1938.