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  1. Hello ArHo and Glenn, The German writer Ludwig Renn , ( Arnold Vieth von Golstenau ) served during WW1 in the Saxon Army, after the War ,just returned he joined the Police greatly increased because of the political unrest he told his experiences in a book titled Post War. Well ,he says that there were the Old Policemen of long service who acted as Instructors and the New included him , The New , were uniformed with Army uniforms carried carbines and were organized in Centuries of Security Police . the Old weared the Old Police uniforms and continued basically the ordinary Police office . Renn says also that he must accustom to the Police manner of salute with a slight reverence and not clicking the heels . 

  2. Utgardloki , In the initial months of WW1 the rate of Officers casualties was high and not only among German officers . you must remember that in the Battle of the Frontiers ,German,French and at lesser degree British officers conducted their men to the fight with the sword in a hand and the pistol in the other . being highly visibles and exposing much . respect to past wars , in the Franco Prussian War the rate of casualties for the Prussian Germans was high but during the FP War the Armies of both contenders were much less numerous than those of WW1 . At the Battle of Spichern by case ,the 6th August 1870 ,20000 Germans clashed with 25000 French and fight all the day , The Germans won with 4000 casualties among these 490 dead . In the early months of WW1 clashed Armies of hundred of thousand men and day after day . Once the Front become static and full of trenches and refuges the rate of casualties lowered except during the assaults or defence against the assaults of the enemy . Erich Maria Remarque wrote in his book Return that in the last formation of his unit once in Germany ,First Leutnant Hehl walked in front of the Company and after him the ghosts of his predecessors . Bentick, Raedecke, Buttner, Moeller and two more ,Six company chiefs in two years .

  3. Its a French Armee del Air badge carried on the left breast in 1940 . your badge is the one for enlisted men an Junior NCOs . the Flight branch carried also a five pointed star inside de open curl between the wings in orange colour. the badge was used until the end of the War and beyond,by all Airmen.

  4. Raymond Cartier in his Biography of Hitler until 1933 says that the KB RIR 16 was equiped with old Leather hats possibly remains of past wars. really these were Landsturm type caps covered with black oilcloth. The 30 of November 1914 was reglamented that the glossy black cover was replaced with feldgrau covers . Returning to Cartier he says that once in the frontline the Bavarians were fired by a Prussian unit confused for British due to the strange hats

  5. The coat is basically a 1910 field grey tunic for officers with cavalry type collar of the model used By Dragoons and the Bavarian Heavy Cavalry ,but the breast pockets are not reglamentary and the turn up cuffs are higher than the usual swedish Cuffs of 1910 tunics . regarding the lost Reichscockade some Bavarians were prone to forget the upper cockade in the Field .as the pic is dated 1915 logically if Bavarian Ludwig dont carry the Aschinger Borte introduced in 1916

  6. Hello Petr , The first photo shows a private of the Austro Hungarian Army belonging to a Hungarian Regiment ,you can see the Hungarian knots on the trousers . A Hungarian Regiment of the Common Army because of the belt clasp with the double headed eagle and not the crowned shield of Royal Hungarian Army. The second photo shows Petrov in a Court uniform a Palace one . The third is a Cavalry Uniform , Royal Escort I guess . the Fourth is to me a Police Officer Uniform or.. a Palace official everyday uniform 

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