This is a Railway (Reichsbahn) uniform from the period 1924 until June 1935.
The rank is probably Rangieraufseher (Shunting supervisor).
Railway Cap, 1924-1935-06
Rangabzeichen nach der Dienstkleiderordnung (DKO) 1924
DPSG Kluft 1930-1939
May be the symbol seen on the 2nd person from ...
It appears to be a painting of Pavlo Shandruk (Ukrainian: Павло Шандрук, Polish: Pawło Szandruk).
As Pieter noted it is a mid 20th century fascist German uniform in style.
As Luiz noted the cockade and neck insignia are off, and appear Ukrainian National Army (UNA).
I then researched UNA (Luiz) generals (based on my observation and Pieter's confirmation). ...
The skull and crossbones or "death's head" is not a purely German - still less a specifically Nazi - symbol, but has been, and still is, used by many military units, including the British, Australian and Swedish armies and the US Marine Corps. The British Queen's Royal Lancers use the skull and crossbones with the caption beneath "Or Glory" - the "Death or ...
Found it. This is an RFC or Royal Flying Corp cap badge. I thought the picture was showing BBS but it's not. The angle, the quality of the picture and the loop for securing it to the bonnet was throwing me off. The women of the WAAC were often given the RFC badge when attached to airbases. These women were given the opportunity to travel to air bases in ...
Bunzlau is now in Poland and called Bolesławiec. Back then it was in Silesia, thus Prussia and therefore in Germany.
The photographer is given as "Otto Scholz", a German, not a Polish name, just as the address given is decidedly not Polish.
His studio is given as:
Fotografische Anstalt, vormals Ed. Scholz & Söhne in Bunzlau und Görlitz
If this is the relevant person:
(click to enlarge pictures)
then the actual salient points are:
cap: 'flying/winged wheels', double cockade -> Reichsbahn employee
shoulderboards to be expected as usual rank insignia: later than this timeframe, thus absent in this picture
before 1935: rank & section/specialty on display in gorget patches
What is ...
These boots are in the calceus style. As such they are quite spot on and accurate for a Roman soldier in colder climates. But not unlike the caligae we stereotypically associate with a legionaire's outfit these type of footwear were also found across the entire empire.
via an ugly site
The actual styles came in quite a variety, though:
The deaths head (Totenkopf) is a symbol that had been in use by many German and Prussian military units in history, going back hundreds of years. It was mainly to signify their high levels of badassery. The SS picked up on this and used it themselves to co-opt that history to mold themselves as an elite force.
Use of the symbol as a military insignia began ...
I agree with Kobunite, but by a different route. I can't make out the cap badge well enough to identify it positively, but the collar badges are either Royal Artillery or Royal Engineers, which are quite similar. The cap badge definitely isn't Royal Artillery, which looks like this:
So he's Royal Engineers. The uniform is that of a commissioned officer: the ...
Helmet spikes and flanges were originally intended to deflect saber blows. Those on the Pickelhaube are somewhat stylized, but they still served the original purpose. Source: German Wikipedia.
I thought I remembered something similar from the English Civil War, but a bit of googling got me nothing.
Yes, these are authentic cadette uniforms. But note that 1 is "standard", while 2 and 3 are "parade" variants.
No 1. is a kind of standard infantry uniform which had a little changes from WW1 to WW2. The most controversial part is, probably, a side cap, as you see it usually only in WW2 chronicles. It was adopted as a part of Red Army infantry uniform only ...
The distinctive collar 'snake' pattern as well as the eagle worn by the guy sitting in the centre suggest that this is a Polish uniform:
left guy has it already
A wire wężyk braid, also used for displaying ranks (plWP: Barwy broni i służb Wojska Polskiego II RP), occasionally worn during the war from its start, in Polish legions, with various combinations ...
It is not an Imperial, Weimar, or Third Reich naval uniform.
It does, however, appear to be a Weimar period reichsbahn (railroad) police uniform . . .
Some discussion in a collectors' forum here
https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/weimar-soft-headgear/reichsbahn-headgear-368798/ several shots of this type uniform on the second page of the discussion thread.
I agree with the comments, it doesn't look military in nature. Looking at various organization, I finally found an item listed on ebay which seems to match both the wide emblem and the tasseled 8-point star with cross inset.
I've zoomed in on part of the image showing the large emblem on the sash, revealing the motto Amicitia Amor et Veritas or in English: "...
Seems as if the Copricapo (Italian: 'hat') head gear gives it away:
black capercaillie feathers flowing from their wide-brimmed black hats. These feathers are also worn on Bersaglieri combat helmets. They once served a military purpose, acting as camouflage and as a sunshade for the marksman's shooting eye.
But note that Italian Wikipedia firmly ...
The uniform here is a musicians uniform, civil war era.
A picture at the Library of Congress shows an individual wearing a similar uniform.
The image has the label (emphasis mine)
[Private George V. Capron, bugler, of Co. G, 2nd Connecticut Heavy
Artillery Regiment in uniform]
Another LOC image shows another musician, this one with sword.
I'm fairly sure it's an imitation uniform of the character Captain Mainwaring from an old British comedy series named Dad's Army. It originally ran from the late 60s till the late 70s and was very popular. As PewDiePie is from Sweden it wouldn't be too surprising that he would know of this as it is considered a classic British comedy TV series.
The long strap you are referring to is called a "Guige" strap, and the original intention was likely not to allow the shield to be transported on one's back (although it would have been an added bonus) - the primary purpose was likely to distribute the weight of the shield during use. Given that a shield could weigh upwards of 5-10kg, being able to support ...
Although there are some discrepancies, this appears to be a General der Infanterie of the Panzer Grenadiers, wearing a general officer's version of the M36 wool greatcoat over his service dress (though perhaps in less than full formal attire shown below).
Note that while in late war Whermacht feld grau uniforms all tended to a dusty grey colour due to ...
Actually, streltsy worn two types of kaftans – basic kaftan and kaftan for cold weather. Cold weather kaftan is quilted with sheepskin or fur and has fur collar and fur hem sleeves.
Winter kaftan (note sleeves and collar):
According to Yuri Veremeev, "Anatomy of Army"
Growing up I heard it was so if need be you could swing them as a weapon at the end of the belt.
The idea that this was done deliberately, by the manufacturer, so the buckle could be used as an improvised weapon seems a bit absurd once you look into it.
Since the belt went outside a soldier's jacket, I guess the idea is they'll ride around swinging it like ...
This is a Private of the 13th Regiment of Foot (1st Somersetshire) after 1881. He is a qualified marksman with two Good Conduct stripes and has been in the service for at least six years.
The logo on the helmet and lapel does look an awful lot like a rather blurry Somerset Light Infantry badge known at various times as the 13th Regiment of Foot, 1st ...
Starting with the regiment - looking at the cap badge (see below), I believe that he was in the Corps of Royal Engineers.
The uniform appears to be that of a commissioned officer, however the exact rank will be difficult as the British Army wears rank insignia on the shoulder boards and sleeves.
It is a German uniform of that era.
The biggest hints are the cut of it, as visible, the classicist font used for the number on the shoulder boards, and most important: the two cockades on the hat.
The upper cockade would have been in imperial colours (black white and red) and the lower in the colours of the issuing state.
As the lower one would be of higher ...
It is called a gorget. In certain military traditions it served as a mark of leadership. I cannot cite my source, but I recall reading a speculation that it may have evolved from the full cuirass that was worn by knights in antiquity. With the advent of gunpowder, such body armor was no longer of practical use, but the gorget served as a reminder of the old ...
Looks like your soldier may be a member of the 56th Regiment
New York Volunteers, also known as the 10th Legion (hence the patch).
You can see a couple of soldiers with similar uniforms at a site here and here:
It looks, with the tapering frogging connecting at the single, center row of buttons, you may have a Royal Horse Artillery uniform. Some better images can be seem on a forum here. Another forum has this image. (note similar positioning of the aiguillette).
(Note the feature I identified as an aiguillette may also be described in this case as a busby line, ...
My father fought on the German side on the Western Front in the First World War, as a very young man. I remember him telling me that the great advantage of high boots without laces was exactly that they could easily be taken off and put on quickly, unlike the low laced boots and puttees worn by British soldiers.
He said as a result that "trench foot" was ...
Looks like it may match Felsted Schools symbol. Wikipedia entry here.
There seems to be indications of earlier Felsted schools which did have women or girls in attendance. Felsted house had a practising School which had 90 girls attending.
Practising Schools Two immediately opposite the college One for 90
girls and one for 120 infants Both reported ...