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  1. Hello : Great Grandfather wears a not common field grey uniform , at least for NCO s . Its an Infantry one , not common are the breast pockets ,pleated and with visible buttons . The stripe of cloth behind the rank stars is in the regimental colour the colour for the 83 common IR was dark brown . the stripe visible is darker than the uniform so , could be the 83 .another option is thatthe portrayed belonged to a Honved IR . in that case the colour of the stripe must be schieffer grau a dark grey blue .

  2. A bit more about Plesch : He served first as rearguard doctor . later he obtained his assignement to the Eastern Front . He won the EK 1  when in his words : I not lost my head and gave the orders for a retirement of my field ambulance without the loss of any wounded avoiding the russian encirclement by the use of a hidden road . In 1934 he emigrated to England and later to USA .was close friend and personal physician of Albert Einstein .

  3. Its my pleasure . Regarding to the rectangular insignia , its possible but i believe that the POW number , was not carried in this manner . if carried . The Italian Army weared a number of speciality badges some braided over cloth but all were carried on the sleeves . 

  4. Hello : The soldier in the photo ,wears the : Distintivo per fatiche di guerra ,created in May of 1916 . it consisted in a ribbon with the national italian colours .Without star means less than a year of war . one star one year , two ,two years the maximum was four stars . The distintivo ceased in 1920 and was absorbed into the War medal . Its difficult to affirm at which branch of the ItalianArmy belonged the soldier . the mostrina of his collar is of the type used by the Artillery , and the Engineers . black in both cases with yellow piping the first and dark red in the case of the others . The Milizia territoriale of Infantry used the same type of mostrina in red and the Medical Corps also but in dark red colour . finally the Commisariat wears a medium blue one with black piping . If i am not wrong , the distintivo was mainly for soldiers serving into commands and intendenzas or mobilized to the war theatres of the Alps 

  5. Hello : once upon a time I owned a nearly identical revolver it was belgian . manufacture Shriever  if my memory not fail .the caliber was  . 44 a short and dick thing . i fired a dozen of rounds of an old box which i buyed with the revolver . It was a sin . late i sold the gun with no ammo . it was 44 years ago here in my Argentine .the revolver itself was not very good not bad .

  6. Hello : The service schirmmutze worn in the field was usually a stiffened one but with only the front corset whale piece into the crown . and of course the wire ring . The Reitmutze althoug mainly a Cavalry item , was not forbidden to the other officers which in essence were considered fellow gentlemen accostumed to the practice of equestrian sports . naturally , the officers of Artillery were more close to the riders ,

  7. Another question : About when this type of sidecaps were introduced in the british Army ? they have a neat austro hungarian flavour . some are almost identical to AH cavalry sidecaps . and the AH caps are modelled in the Bocskai cap of hungarian roots. It could be of interest to search about the cause of the apparition in the british Army of precisely this pattern of sidecap and not other 

  8. Chris : With the Bunte Rock , only the prussian machine gunners and the Jager zu Pferde used to wear brown leather footwear and belts ammo pouchs and so on . With the introduction of the field grey uniform the use of brown leather items was generalized . so the men marched in 1914 with rather fauve than brown leather equipment , including belts . the officers went to battle with the leather and brocade feldbinbe . suspended of which carried the pistol into a brown leather holster , the binoculars and a map holster . the junior officers not mounted , carried in addition a small offiziere tornister at the back supported by leather straps . the colour was more fawn than brown . 

  9. Peter : I think that the mounted man is an officer ,almost certainly a Hauptmann . and so impossible to be black . to me the man exhibes a brutal sun tanning ,produced by many days marching under the heavy sun of the european summer. i had seen other photos of officers and men resting without headgear and the contrast between the colour of the brow with the rest of the face is notable .

  10. A notable career , forged into the battlefields . a example of the spirit of 1813 in Prussia  into the frame of king Frederick William III manifesto An mein Volk . Zimmermann , was a wealthy burguess and educated , not till 1813 an aspirant or eligible to pursuit a career into the Army at least not in a Infantry or Cavalry unit . He made one into a elite unit . surprisingly he received only the EK 2 . the reason resides perhaps into the fact that he received promotions and finally commission . another form of awards . Very interesting .

  11. Yes its an officer or senior NCO sword knot and wurttembergian . WW1 era . the type was common to all officers and beamte .regardless of the regiment . the prussian sword knots were almost identical but with the bottom in black and the leather strap black with silver lace lines . the bavarians were different , the strap was of silver brocade and the form of the knot or gland nearly oval . 

  12. Hello GreyC : Both are as the Prussian says ,dragoons . they wears the tunique dolman , a frogged jacket that was put in service in 1885 and remained until 1905 when its was replaced with the simpler tunique 1905 . 

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