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I am only beginning my study of German Imperial uniforms, but I haven't come across a "M" shoulder strap in my neophyte experience. Hopefully, Chip or Chris Boonzaier will come by and comment - they are the experts.

Any chance you can scan the entire photo? It's pretty hard to read the shoulder strap; other clues in the photo might help.

From my knowledge the Musketen-Bataillon were part of infantry regiments; therefore, I would think they would have shoulder straps matching their regiment. Perhaps this is really an infantry regiment cypher and not a solitary "M".

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I knew Chip could solve the mystery. I see the 111 too... :jumping:

But still think it could be a cypher that hasn't revealed itself yet. :whistle:

And Chip - I haven't seen an "M" shoulder strap in my meager resources. Can you answer the question: Is an "M" even realistically possible?

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There are a few cyphers and abbreviations that have "M"s, but none like this. The 11.Marburger Jägers, the 1.Bav.I.R., the Landwehr Inspektion München and Metz, Minenwerfer (MW), etc., all had "M"s.

It can't be a royal cypher, as you can see there is no crown where it would normally be.


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