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We've posted a lot of Imperial German photos, let's get the Austria-Hungary ball rolling too! Post your photos!

I really like this one of a Feldwebel (unknown regiment or branch) with a bronze FJ Tapferkeitsmedaille and a Mobilisierungskreuz 1912/13

He also has a good number of Kappenabzeichen on his Feldmutze. And a pretty wife with roses.

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On the left: Zugsführer (unknown regiment/branch) with a FJ bronze Tapferkeitsmedaille. And a bayonet.

On the right: Zugsführer (unknown regiment/branch) with a Silbernes Verdienstkreuz mit Krone and a Militär-Jubiläumskreuz 1908. And a sword.

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Private of the k.u. k. Luftfahrtruppe with Mobilisierungskreuz 1912/13

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Unknown Feldwebel with Silberne Tapferkeitsmedaille 1. and 2. Klasse, Karl Truppenkreutz and Militärdienstzeichen 3. Klasse für Mannschaft.

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Thanks Guys!

An older one: Leutnant Johann Szvetits, Pionierbatallion No. 1. 1878 with reverse Kriegsmedaille.

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I am posting this fellow as much for his moustache as for his medals - which reminds me, Movember ended yesterday so time to get the razor out!

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I am posting this fellow as much for his moustache as for his medals - which reminds me, Movember ended yesterday so time to get the razor out!

So, I'm seeing that this Feldwebel has:

Verdienstkreuz mit Krone

Verdienstkreuz mit Krone

Die Militärdienstzeichen für Unteroffiziere

Jubiläums-Kreuz 1908

Mobilisierungskreuz 1912/13

I wonder if it is unusual to have two Verdienstkreuz mit Krone... I can't tell, but perhaps one is Silbernes and the other Eisernes?

Edited by IrishGunner

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I wonder if it is unusual to have two Verdienstkreuz mit Krone... I can't tell, but perhaps one is Silbernes and the other Eisernes?

I think you have hit the nail on the head, IrishGunner. From the attached image, the Silver cross is bigger with a larger central roundel, a difference I think I detect in the case of Feldwebel Schnurrbart.

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I think you have hit the nail on the head, IrishGunner. From the attached image, the Silver cross is bigger with a larger central roundel, a difference I think I detect in the case of Feldwebel Schnurrbart.

Trooper, thanks for posting the medal images side by side; it makes the identification clear!

Great photo! And mustache. ;)

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I wonder if it is unusual to have two Verdienstkreuz mit Krone... I can't tell, but perhaps one is Silbernes and the other Eisernes?

Both were common for non-combat position NCOs (paymaster, clerk, train etc.) I will show you a named portrait of a paymaster sergeant of the 69. IR with Silver Verdienstkreuz mit Krone.

The gold version was available for officers only.

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Here's a good one...note the armband. The picture is a bit fuzzy from the iPad, but the cap badges are razor sharp.

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Here's a good one...note the armband. The picture is a bit fuzzy from the iPad, but the cap badges are razor sharp.

Wow...one side shoulder cord, visorless field cap with Jagdhorn. Reitende Landschutz?

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That would be my guess. the armband reads ( red line, black lettering..."Soldaten....And then the lower white band reads:" des Volkswehr.......before it gets cut off. Obviously the armband was red/white/red. The jaeger horn has a "20" within it. All the medals have clearly been reversed, so that one can not see the old monarchs' visage.

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Very cool. the Hungarian magazine looks very interesting. what is it? Does it cover Communist era awards?

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Nope. The main profile of the "Katonaújság" is the Horthy-era and the WWI. It is a pretty good magazine, but sadly now is close to the breakdown :(

I wrote my first "official" article to this magazine in 2011...

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Did we identify the medals in #13?

I see:

Silberne Tapferkeitsmedaille, 1. Kl.

Silberne Tapferkeitsmedaille, 2. Kl.

Bronzene Tapferkeitsmedaille

Karl Truppenkreuz

Verwundetenmedaille

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thanks! here's another chap@1918.

Silbernes Verdienstkreuz

Karl Truppenkreuz

Militär-Jubiläumskreuz 1908

Mobilizierungskreuz 1912-1913

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Silbernes Verdienstkreuz

Karl Truppenkreuz

Militär-Jubiläumskreuz 1908

Mobilizierungskreuz 1912-1913

The first is Militärverdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit Kriegsdekoration. Otherwise he is a captain of a mounted unit.

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The first is Militärverdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit Kriegsdekoration. Otherwise he is a captain of a mounted unit.

Thanks for the assist! Also, now I see the ribbon also has Schwerten. I didn't notice he is an officer...

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Edited by IrishGunner

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