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Grand Manoeuvers of the South-West (1907) Foreign Representatives

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Here are the military attaches who attended the Grand Manoeuvres of the South-West in 1907,

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Can someone identify the nationality/uniform of the officer wearing the hat with turned-up brims in this detail from the group photo, please? My first thought was German and Schutztruppe but the hat is not quite right, is it?

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Excellent, many thanks! I'll see if I can dig up names of the representatives from the French press.

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Trooper D : The officer with the strange hat is a Swedish one .

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Les officiers etrangers
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I'll write down names later.

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Germanyvon Mutius, general staff major, military attache
EnglandLoffther, infantry lieutenant colonel, military attache
ArgentinaRodriguez, general staff lieutenant colonel, military attache
Austria-Hungarycount of Herberstein, general staff lieutenant colonel, military attache
BelgiumTimmermans, lieutenant general, commander of the 2nd division
BoliviaSuarez, cavalry colonel, military attache
Bulgaria: Lugov,  general staff major, military attache
ChinaTchou-Pan-Tchao, infantry colonel,  chief of staff of the Pacting-Fou division; Kiang-Tchao-Yuan, infantry lieutenant colonel
DenmarkBelle, cavalry colonel, chief of staff of the 2nd division
SpainEchagüe y Santoyo, engineer lieutenant colonel, military attache
United StatesGuignard, artillery captain, military attache
ItalyChapperon, general staff colonel, military attache
JapanMatchida, general staff lieutenant colonel, military attache
MexicoPerez, brigade general
NorwaySpork, colonel, commander of the 4th infantry regiment
Netherlands: d'Hamecourt, general staff major
Peru: Martinez, cavalry major
PortugalCesar, cavalry major
RomaniaSturdza, artillery captain
RussiaLazarev, general staff colonel, military attache
SerbiaMarinović, general staff colonel
SwedenSjœgreen, general staff captain, military attache
SwitzerlandSteinbuch, colonel, commander of the 11th brigade; Egli, lieutenant colonel, head of the General staff's Geographical section
Ottoman Empire: Theoki-bey, general staff lieutenant colonel

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Serbian Official Military Gazette
The following officers were chosen to attend the grand maneuvers

In Italy:
Pavle Jurišić - Šturm (Paulus Sturm), honorary adjutant of HRH the King, , commander of the Danube divisional area, infantry colonel;

In France:
Milutin Marinović, inspector of infantry, general staff colonel;
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Marinović's photo and biography are available HERE (text in Serbian).
He became general in 1913, these are some of the positions he held during his career: minister in the Serbian government, infantry inspector, professor at Military academy, military judge and editor of the magazine "Warrior" (Ratnik). I can't speak for other countries but Serbian representatives were very carefully selected, just remember some of the names we wrote about in other topics.
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On 22/09/2017 at 23:53, Bayern said:

Trooper D : The officer with the strange hat is a Swedish one .

Thanks, Bayern. I rather think I should have known that :blush:

On 25/09/2017 at 19:15, paja said:

Germanyvon Mutius, general staff major, military attache

etc etc

This and #4: wonderful posts, Paja. Thanks.

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Trooper : The uniform of the Swedish attache is the 1906 model . the first modern field uniform of the Swedish Army . it was in grey bluish cloth . with blue collar ,cuffs and the facings of the three cornered hat . 

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I imagine that the military attaches were particularly keen to attend these manoeuvres. As reported by The New York Times (9 Sept, 1907, p. 3),  

"[t]here is a special interest in the manoeuvres this year owing to the fact that the automobile will be used as a means of transport extensively for the first time".  

 

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Seems like Serbia didn't have military attaches in France so generally speaking its representatives must have been even more keen to attend the maneuvers. First of all that was a nice opportunity to visit France and there's also the financial aspect. I stumbled upon information about their travel allowances in the Official Military Gazette but I was foolish enough not to save it. Also let's not forget that officers who attended the maneuvers received the Legion of Honor. I don't know if that was a general rule but my ancestor was awarded with the 4th class (officer) during the 1912 maneuvers.

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Some time ago I heard in words of a military attache . After all we (attaches ) were not other thing than an acredited spy . 

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