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which specialist badge is it?

Hi Eric, Not sure I understand your question, the badge is the Prussian Wound Badge in Silver

these were established by the Royal Decree of 3 March 1918, published in the Army Gazette (Arme-Verordnungsblatt) for 9 March 1918.

On March 11, 1918 the King of Bavaria authorised award of this essentially Prussian insignia to Bavarian Servicemen under the regulations to be promulgated by the Minister for War.

I have never see a picture of an Austrian soldier wearing one before.

Kevin in Deva. :cheers:

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well, i admit it certainly 'looks' like a wound badge at first glance, but it makes far more sense for it to be a specialists/qualification badge. hard to tell from the pics

bavarians wore prussian wound badges, but the austro-hungarian monarchy had their own system of wound awards (as you know)

p.s. those specialized qualification awards were often worn on the right chest in conjunction with a lanyard and whistle. nice picture!

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Hi Eric, :beer:

unfortunately I have a conflict between my computer and scanner, if I attempt to scan it freezes up my whole computer and creates some severe hardware issues, so I can only add these digital photographs of the card, under a Lupe with x 6 magnification it looks to be a Prussian Wound Badge for sure, the helmet shape is clearly defined.

Hopefully I can get a scanner up and running over the next day or two.

Kevin in Deva. :beer:

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..like hunyadi wrote, surely its not a german wound badge, but "qualification badge" of KuK army - I would say "Richtauszeichnung für die Artillerie" (Marksmanship Badge for first gunners). And also his sabre "talks" for artillery - it looks like "Säbel fuer österreichische berittene Artillerie Modell 1877"...

http://www.austro-hu.../qualbadges.htm

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..like hunyadi wrote, surely its not a german wound badge, but "qualification badge" of KuK army - I would say "Richtauszeichnung für die Artillerie" (Marksmanship Badge for first gunners). And also his sabre "talks" for artillery - it looks like "Säbel fuer österreichische berittene Artillerie Modell 1877"...

http://www.austro-hu.../qualbadges.htm

I agree.

The position of the specialist badge (right side of the cest) and the presence of the imperial crown show to us that it s a Richtauszeichnung die Artillerie.

(hey guys, I m new in this contest......who can link to me the 3D "rules"? If is it exist?

Thanks in advance.

I wish you a nice day.

Manu.

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Here is another photo of AH soldier wearing qualification badge. This one is Arbeiterauszeichnung für die Verpflegsbranche - Badge for skillful workers of the food commissariat branch, if I identified it correctly. Really heartbreaking, hehe.

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