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How can one tell the difference between an Empire Field tunic and a Republic Field tunic? They look the same to me. The only difference I see is on Artillery tunics the button on the strap is different.

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Well, I have read somewhere that the Austrians returned to the WW1 era uniforms at some point in the 20-30s. I'm not sure if the color was pike gray or field gray or both. Is the uniform cut the same at the ww1 uniforms or different? I haven't found any research material to help in this area.

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¿Why grotesque ? ,the litzen of course , The colour was field grey, and the uniform a hybrid of austrian and german .the service cap was german type the field cap austrian type , the colours of arm of service , the same as in Germany ,the cavalry retained the pelzulanka and all the helmet .In 1933 the austrian republic returned to the austrian traditions . the basic colour was field grey austrian  FG . ,the cut returned to ww1 type the kepi was reintroduced the old badges of rank too, inclusive coloured uniforms were presed in service again for certain traditionsregimente . The arm of service colour was simplified but basically returns to austrian origins . 

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Knotel in his Uniformenkunde explains very well the question . the austrian field grey was different in 1933 than the precedent used in the german type uniforms . the officers service tunics were cloned with the war time models . only the better quality cloth and the invariable high collar make the difference and sometimes the absence of tailors marks . 

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