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OK, why do the shoulder boards on Bismarck's cuirassier uberrock look white?  Photographs at this time caused the light yellow to look very dark so the yellow collar and piping is dark.  Is white the Korps color, not regimental color, that would have been worn for the shoulder cords underlay? I thought that applied only to infantry and artillery.  Is white some special color denoting his civil rank or alasuite status?






....and yes, I've seen the museum photo. The boards look not original to the coat: see how they overhang the shoulders?


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No one knows? He supposedly held a reserve officer (major) commission in something called the 1st Reserve Heavy Cavalry Regiment or 1st Heavy Reserve Reiter Regiment that is supposed to have worn uniforms similar to the 7th Kurisassier Regiment. It may be the authors had this wrong and he was rather, a reserve officer in the 7th Magdeburg Kuirassier Regiment No. 7.  

Anyone know anything about this? King William gave him a promotion to Generalmajor I guess because of his civil rank.

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Bismarck himself served with the Garde-Jäger and later with 2nd Jäger Btl as Einjähriger.

In 1868 he was granted á la suit status with the 7th Kürassier-Regiment and in 1894 he was made Chef des Regiments. At that time he was already promoted (in 1890) to Generaloberst der Kavallerie with character of Generalfeldmarschall.

The uniform you show is that of the 7th Kürassiere.



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About Bismarck, a period drawing from an (unknown) artist from Commercy, who documented German occupation in 1870-1871.

Here showing the Chancellor being set up for his stay at Commercy :




An an extract from "Bismarck in the Franco-German War 1870-1871", by Moritz Busch (1884) :




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