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A special kind of clothing to identify people as belonging to a specific group. Possibly military, police, or other govermental units.

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What is this unusual German army jacket?

I recently bought a military jacket and was wondering which part of the German army it belonged to. I couldn't find any information on the Internet, seems like this jacket is rare. This jacket ...
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What are the origins of these two uniforms?

We believe these two are father and son from the early 20th century. Possibly German/Austro-Hungarian/Polish region but unsure. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, I understand that is little ...
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What uniform is shown in this portrait?

This unsigned 19th century portrait miniature shows a man in a uniform but I am not sure which country it belongs to?(by identifying the nationality of the uniform I am hoping it might help me with ...
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Which military uniform is shown in this swivel brooch?

Can anyone help me identify this uniform from a painting in a Victorian(?) swivel brooch? The reverse is a carving in bone(?) of 2 birds. These brooches were often mourning jewellery and contained a ...
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Was the Italian 7th battalion, 11th division on the Austrian front in 1918?

The top image shows a postcard dated 7/10/1918, which was sent to my grandfather on the occasion of his 26th birthday. He is 3rd from the left. I’m having difficulty making out what it says on the ...
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Identify a WW1 uniform

What is this uniform? Photo of my grandfather. I believe he was in the British Army in India during WW1, possibly Army Pay Corps as he was deaf so could not fight. I cannot find anything about the ...
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What date/rank is this Italian uniform?

Believed to be from the 1920's from the Turkish or WW1 Any insights into dates, and rank would be great
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What uniform is this person wearing?

The subject in question was a Lithuanian Army Private from 1944 to 1945 mentioned in a history we have found. There is a hammer and sickle emblem on the brim. This makes me think that, as part of the ...
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What is some of the equipment and uniform of the German Empire officer and some places I could get it? [closed]

I want to go for an infantry officer from Prussia and this is the best image I can find. I don't know how this is basic but it cant be solved with Wikipedia other wise I would have found my answer ...
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How to interpret this Swedish military uniform(circa 1895)?

We recently found a picture of my G.Grandfather Sandstrom (on the right) at approx. 20 years of age in what I believe to be a Swedish Cavalry uniform circa 1895. There is a 6 on the side of his shako ...
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What is the uniform in this photo of my Great Grandmother’s father?

My Great Great Grandfather - Assuming late 1800s. Possibly Germany? Looking to identify the uniform or badge on the hat. I have no other background information. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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What is all the equipment used by the Russian imperial army?

What is the equipment shown in this image? I would like to know what the belts are and what some of the other equipment is and if you know where to buy them that would be helpful. thank you to ...
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What is the origin and rank of this military uniform?

Uncle got this, I believe in desert storm. Dunno how he got it and he didn't wanna talk about it so I didn't ask. Please help me identify the origin and rank.
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What is my Grandpa's collar insignia?

This is a photograph of my grandpa, Douglas Howard. At his retirement, I believe he was a Major in the Devon and Dorset, but my info is vague. This was a photo he gave to his future wife, and my ...
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Identification of military uniform, probably French or Italian

I'm trying to ID someone's military uniform in an old family photo. Not a lot of clues to go on, except that the man was probably French or Italian, maybe in a colonial setting. Perhaps someone can ...
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Military uniform identification ?French

This photo comes from a collection from my great grandmother. When she was in her 20's she is supposed to have been nanny to this officer's children. Supposedly his name was Jean Lerede and he was ...
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Which uniform is this soldier wearing?

I think this uniform could be from the hussars, possibly 1800s. I have examined pages from the Imperial War Museum but had no luck.
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New Zealand uniform or elsewhere?

I am trying to identify the man in this photo and thought I'd start with the uniform. The photo was among New Zealand photos, but I don't see the NZ on his badge. I'd be grateful for any information.
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What kind of uniform is this, with a closed collar on a WWI British General?

The British Army's Service Dress uniform "has been referred to as No. 2 Dress, with the tunic being swapped out for a jacket with an open collar for wear with collared shirt and tie." King ...
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Can anyone identify this European uniform? Likely Belgian or French

Does anyone recognise the uniform in this photo? I found it in a box of my late Grandma's photos and letters. She was Belgian, and I know some of our ancestors were in the French military thanks to a ...
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What do the insignias on the collar shown in this photograph stand for?

Photo of my grandfather circa 1918-1945. He was born in Trieste and was in the merchant marines before jumping ship in US. Joined the US Army and was recruited as an agent for the OSS. Trying to ...
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Is this a Russian naval uniform?

This is a family photo of a relative who might have been in the Imperial Russian Navy in 1915.
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What are they wearing over their shoulders?

What is the Tsar wearing over his shoulder? I believe this has been worn by armies since the 18th century up to around WW2. I scanned through this article but to no end: https://www.rbth.com/arts/2015/...
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How can I identify this RAF pin badge?

I am trying to identify the man in the photo below, and I am hoping that his uniform in this picture gives some clues. I am told he was in the RAF, though I know nothing of his role. The pin badge/...
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Can you identify this, possibly Italian, uniform?

I'm trying to identify this uniform and info on the men. My grandfather is in the picture. I'm told it's from WWI in Italy. Can someone help me on this. My grandfather was born in 1901.
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Help identifying Italian uniform, rank, regiment

I'm hoping to learn the time period of the photo, any division, rank, and any other information y'all can glean. The photo was passed down so much information has been lost - it is possibly my ...
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When was Red Sea rig introduced into British Royal Navy?

Red Sea rig is a mess dress uniform variant. It is used by some naval officers in the (UK) Royal Navy and other navies, that inherited its traditions (Canadian, Indian, ...). In general, it is similar ...
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What can I learn from this man's uniform?

This is my Polish Great Grandfather - I'm trying to create his story by looking at his uniform. Imperial Russian Uniform? Lithuanian cross? Help! Photo taken in Saint Petersburg, Russia He was born ...
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Why did the Red Army change uniforms in 1943?

In 1943, the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army (Rabóče-krestʹjánskaja Krásnaja ármija, RKKA) of the Soviet Union decided to adopt shoulder boards instead of collar tabs for rank identification. This is ...
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Is this an 1800's British military uniform?

The photo is of my great-great-grandfather Timothy J. Coffey who lived in Ireland early to mid-1800s My great-great-grandfather was likely born in Ireland in early 1800's. His daughter Mary T. Coffey ...
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What military uniform is this?

William Charles Elliot, born in England in 1884, came to the United States as an alien in 1916 and settled in Boston with his wife Anna, who was born in Belgium in 1879 (her parents were from Hungary) ...
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Identify the country, service and historical context of this bright red dress uniform, and ideally the nature of the medals. Relationship to Taiwan?

While touring around Google street view I discovered an unusual "AK47 Barber Bus" in Hsinchu Taiwan. https://goo.gl/maps/BBD2aouKVYHDMbBV9 I've included some screenshots of a uniform I found ...
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Is this a French uniform, and what is the time period?

Sorting through French family pictures, papers and glass slides. Trying to put names to faces. The picture below is the same gentleman (on the right) with his brother, who he had just bumped in to on ...
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Which Scottish regiment is the Queen inspecting in this photo?

Among some photos & newspaper cuttings found in a relative's study after he died, was the photo below, which seems to show the late Queen inspecting a guard of honour wearing Scottish uniforms. Is ...
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Can anyone identify this 1900 Russian or Cossack uniform?

This is a picture of my grandmother and her parents.
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Help identifying my great grandfather’s WWI Italian Army uniform, rank, regiment

My great grandfather was an immigrant to the USA in 1907 but wasn’t a citizen yet so couldn’t enlist. He went back to Italy to fight in the war. He was from Sellia Marina. From the research I’ve done, ...
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What do the collar symbols / insignia on this WW I Austrian soldiers uniform mean?

I am trying to determine what the rank or group of a soldier in a vintage photo is. I've been searching the internet for collar insignia but coming up short. I'd appreciate any help given. ...
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What is this (possibly Swedish) military uniform? Perhaps cavalry?

This military uniform is from around 1900. I think it is Swedish, and it looks like a cavalry one. It's of my great-grandfather who (so I’m told) fought for Sweden (against whom?) and was promised ...
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What is this Eastern European military uniform?

These photographs are of my great-granduncle who lived in the village of Velyki Laz, just outside of Uzhhorod in today's western Ukraine. He was born in 1905. I would like to identify the uniforms ...
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Is this a US Army military uniform cape?

I have this heavy wool cape – it looks kinda grey in a few pics,but is black. It is wool with a red wool lining (the lining is a bit lighter in weight) – there are no arm holes, but two pockets inset ...
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Why have hand-crafted invasion stripes and arm bands been used in recent conflicts in addition to the usual military insignia?

Simple and vivid symbols on military vehicles are known as invasion stripes since at least as early as World War II, when they were invented because the sheer numbers of the invading force might have ...
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How long has British women royals' solemn ceremonial dress included a sword?

In this photograph: from the recent funeral service of Queen Elizabeth II in London, England, in the row of attendees nearest to the queen's coffin, three attendees are wearing blue sashes. According ...
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Can anyone identify this UK Victorian uniform?

I wondered if anyone could identify this uniform. I know little about it other than it is a friend's ancestor. It looks late 19th century to me.
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How can I identify the uniform and other details in this picture of my great grandfather circa 1913?

This is a picture of my great grandfather circa 1913. How can I identify the uniform and any other details from it? He came to the US in 1913. Was married approximately 1909 in Pirmasens. His port of ...
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Is this uniform is from India or Burma in the 1800's?

Is this an Indian Brigade? Possibly RSF in India or Burma?
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Why do the British Queen's Guard and the Danish Royal Guard Company look so similar?

So far I've found some info on the bearskin hats. I would also like to know if the bearskins were used before Napoleon's Imperial Guard used them. I am also not entirely sure why both the Danish and ...
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Can anyone identify this uniform for me please? He was a marksman and back of photo says trophies won in war

He was a military man who has marksman insignia on his uniform. The photo says trophies won in war and he was Irish.
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Can anybody identify this 1900-1933 uniform (possibly German)

I believe this image to be taken around 1900-1933. I also believe it to be a German uniform but I'm not certain. Any help would be appreciated!
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Please help identity this Italian military uniform

All I know about the man in the photo is he was an Italian. Any help on the date/what the rank, etc. was would be appreciated.
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What's the date of this army uniform?

I have two photos of man and women. Guessing sweethearts. I’m thinking 1800s, there is writing on the back but I can’t read it.
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