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I am looking to ID country, rank, and unit shown in this picture.

I have already tried googling the collar insignia with no luck.

  • Some info on the photo studio: gri.it/fotografi-in-italia-1839-1939/toscana/firenze/…
    – AllInOne
    Feb 14, 2020 at 20:43
  • @AllInOne I'm curious: how do you know this is the studio? Feb 15, 2020 at 2:12
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    @kimchilover in lower right is studio mark. “R Alvino. Firenze”. Linked article seems to say they closed in 1915.
    – AllInOne
    Feb 15, 2020 at 2:49
  • The collar patch appears to be cavalry
    – AllInOne
    Feb 15, 2020 at 3:02
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    The uniform looks British to me. The collar patches might also be Royal Engineers. I see a circled A with a bunch of flames coming out from the top. Feb 16, 2020 at 22:34

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This is definitely an officers uniform of the 1st French foreign legion regiment due to the collar patch with a "1" in the hollowed out grenade though I believe he is wearing the British style "new tunic" which was introduced in spring 1915 for Officers though this was unpopular in the Army except for its Aviation Branch.

Example of the collar patch from "The French army in the first world war uniforms and equipment volume 2 - Laurent Mirouze"

Collar tabs showing a "1" inside a hollow grenade


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