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    Vienna, Austria
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    Collecting Uniforms Austrian Army, especially 1919-1938

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  1. Thanks for this invitation! tomorrow will be the day, I take time
  2. Good morning gents! @ulsterman: I do not disagree with your statement and there have been some peculiar reasons. First, we Austrians always have been a " lazy sort of Germans with an attitude for individuality". Very often, you can see in this "tons of pictures" Austrians wearing both, because it looks fine and "more is sexy". Others, not so close to the new "brothers" refused the german badges and prefered the Austrian medal. There was also a slight "pressure" by the nazis, not to wear the Austrian "Kriegserinnerungsmedaille 1932" after the "Anschluss" and many of my countrymen did so,
  3. Hello bcalcins, as I am focused on the inter war period, those kuk caps are trading stuff to me, and they always find a new home very quickly. I dont want to bore anybody, so if there is an interest for Austrian bundesheer of the interwar period, I can send some pictures within a few days (due to a busy week). greetings from Vienna
  4. Hello gents! what you see in this picture is a policeman, serving in the Police dept. City of Innsbruck, Tyrol around 1930. There have been a few cities in Austria without a " Bundespolizeidirektion" ( City Department of the Federal Police) , but with the right for a local police, not a "Gendarmerie" . So you find on the top of the cap, the colors of the Tyrol (red-white) and in the lower badge the crest of Innsbruck ( showing an heraldic bridge over the Inn, transl.: Inn-bridge Blazon: „A shield Gules with a bridge Argent, seen from above, resting on two pilings.“ The arms of
  5. Hello gents! After 8 months, I hope it is of any interest... Unfortunately I have to disagree: If the displayed orders all (one is to much) belong to the bar, then it should be an officer´s clasp. The German "Kriegsverdienst Kreuz" in gold looks a little bit to high, because it was named the "Pour le Merite" of NCO´s and soldiers. It was awarded only around 1750 times in WW1 and I can not remember any Austian award. So perhaps this is a copy and wrong here and should be a EK II or "Kriegsverdienstmedaille" (if awarded for an officer-candidate) So, also the Austrian Mer
  6. Hi gents! Bayern you are right, this is a Feldwebel, but notice the cuff- stripe, so it is clear, that especially he is a Waffenmeister ( armorer ). According to regulations, this stripe is like the csako-braid for a Korporal ( 40 mm yellow silk, 2 black 1 mm stripes along the end each 2 mm far from the end), worn on both arms. greetings from Vienna! Nice Faehnrich ( ensign)
  7. Plze notice, that the multiple stamped tunic is original before 1918, that without is the similar " Lambert Hofer" after '45 like Skip's ( Numbers of quoting changed) my iPad is very hard to handle
  8. Hi Skip, I hope your health is not endangered after reading this: this tunic is from the stock of " Lambert Hofer of Vienna", a specialist on movie-equipment und for theater. There is a very famous Music band in Austria, which is uniformed like the "house-regiment" of Vienna, the IR 4 " Hoch und Deutschmeister". After WW1 the band became a civil istitution and was very popular until nowadays. Many famous band leaders have been engaged and the band still exists today. In the first years the wore the original AH uniforms, but they expired more and more an are still encountered. yo
  9. I hope you get my text, because my text programme tries to change my english to german, if I dont pay attention
  10. The chevrons indicate a NCO who is prolonging his duty free-willing. 3 years additional enlistment is indicated by a 13 mm wide golden braid an a second of 6 mm width. So 6 years are one 13 mm and two 6 mm, 9 years one 13 mm and three of 6 mm. Here it ends. Privates and privates 1st class arme indicated by braids made of yellow silk, 10 mm widme with a centered black stripe of 2 mm. 1 for 3 years, Theo 2 for 6 and 3 for 9 ( maximum). These stripes are also sewn on in the manner, prescribed before and the sample is the same like the indicating stripe for " 1 year's volunteer" (but here rad
  11. Hallo Gentlemen! recently came across this forum and it was quite interesting what you are discussing. I collect Austrian Military items since I am 16, so this is about 41 years. I concentrate on the Austrian Bundesheer, which was out armed Force in the interwar period. To contribute in your discussion, I give you a few samples of Austrian Rank stars: 1st column: OR, NCO row1: bone (worn & mint) row2: celluloid row3: cardbox row4: silk row5: silk with ornaments 2nd column: CO, NCO (OCandidats), State officials row1: CO "white" (silver, mint&
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