I presume this photo is circa WW1. Can anybody identify which unit, regiment and rank, this would be very helpful.

Two men with swords. Each wears a tunic with extensive horizontal braiding and complex braid on the sleeve. Each wears knee high boots and flat caps.

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    Sep 18, 2020 at 10:44
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    I’ll take that on board but check the quality of the last n Id questions. They are nearly indifferentiable by title or body text. There is no search depth for what has been done. And questions of identical quality are increasing Sep 18, 2020 at 11:35
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    Looks like a German Hussar uniform, as seen on kaisersbunker.com/gtp/husar.htm Sep 18, 2020 at 11:39
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    @kimchilover Looks good. The possible pistol might help narrow the date somewhat.
    – justCal
    Sep 18, 2020 at 12:10

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This is a partial answer. This looks like a German Hussar uniform, as shown on the web page. This style of jacket (called an "Atilla") seems to be a distinct part of the uniform of Hussars. The cap badge is distinctly German. But the German Army had many Hussar regiments, and I don't know how to tell the rank. Their youthful appearance, and the lack of extra decoration, make me think the two figures in the photo were relatively junior in rank.


Looks like the same one at West Point. https://history.army.mil/museums/IMCOM/westPoint/index.html

very bottom of the page, on the right.

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    So what is the answer? Sep 18, 2020 at 20:16
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the West Point Museum display in question is of German Hussar uniforms. The emblem on the cap is very clear, for instance. Sep 18, 2020 at 20:22
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    These are 'history of warfare' objects on display. Not Westpoint's own uniforms. Sep 18, 2020 at 20:34

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