Found an old photo and want to identify which period does it belong to and where it could have been taken or which country are these soldiers from. Found word "Brattig" on the other side, maybe someone can tell me what it means?Photo I found

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    Brattig is apparently a surname from Germany.
    – Brian Z
    Commented Aug 3, 2019 at 20:40
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    I'm just glad I never met the guy who is seated. Commented Aug 7, 2019 at 5:01

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These are Polish Army Uniforms, starting around 1919.
Unfortunately the main wiki pages show no Uniforms of the times.

To my knowledge, these types of zig-zag collars (Polish only, but translates well to English) were in use sometime after 1918 until 1939 and are also unique to the Polish Army.

Other photo collections, without dates show the simularity of the Uniform jacket, collars and caps.

The caps called Rogatywka are also unique to the Polish Army and are still in use today.
During the Warsaw Pact days the caps and collars were used only for ceremonial occasions.

An estimated date: 1919-21, possibly during the Poland - Soviet war

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    Minor correction: there was no Soviet Union until 1922, the Polish-Soviet war was with the Soviet Russia (RSFSR)
    – jmster
    Commented Aug 4, 2019 at 12:06
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    The date seems overly exact for the reasons given. Other dated pics: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Coup_(Poland)#/media/… and in the gallery 1936 yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/communities/mir/… Commented Aug 4, 2019 at 12:13
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    @LangLangC Sorry, have no idea what you mean. Which date and which 'reasons given' from where? Such comments, in this form, are difficult to answer (if at all). Commented Aug 4, 2019 at 18:31
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    I meant your final estimated date and Russo-Polish-War. I see nothing in the picture or your arguments, cap, puttees, collar, etc that says pre1922, as all that was 'active' until 39. Unless you can point explicitly to sth I overlooked, I'd date the photo to interwar period. / Perhaps noteworthy. If the word Brattig indicates 'German name' then the amount of newly-Polish German draftees might be interesting… Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 6:32
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    @LangLangC The quality of the photo is the main reason for the range 1919-21. Also the type wrapped lower leggings, instead of boots, is typically WW1 style. As to the name, many Germans have polish sounding names, just as many Poles have german sounding names. So I dont the name will be of great assistance. Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 7:33

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