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WW1 Soldier Uniform Identification

Postby Jayne8471 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:11 pm

I am trying to identify the soldier in this photograph found amongst my grandmother's belongings and wonder if anyone can help identify the uniform or anything about the photograph in general, i.e. building, location, date, etc. Thank you.
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Re: WW1 Soldier Uniform Identification

Postby Mick Loney » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:47 pm

Looks like a foreign uniform to me. There seems to be a two coloured cloth badge on his hat, could it be red/white for a polish soldier. Just guessing :)
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Re: WW1 Soldier Uniform Identification

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:22 pm

I am puzzled. The fore and aft cap - with a flash apparently? The high gaiters or puttees? These do not seem typically British Army.... (Note that I said "typically"!!!)

Maybe you need to try a specialist military site such as the one on Rootschat.

Even the buttons don't seem to fit in.....

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Re: WW1 Soldier Uniform Identification

Postby Jayne8471 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:16 pm

Thanks for your thoughts and tip. It looks like I've got a real puzzle on my hands. Jayne
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Re: WW1 Soldier Uniform Identification

Postby Lyndale » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:03 pm

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Spanish Civil War Int. Brigade Soldier in US style uniform
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Hi Jayne8471, the uniform is that of the International Brigade that fought in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39. There is a photograph in Google Images of exactly the same attire and dark colour of a soldier holding a flag which states that this style of uniform is a post WW1 style and belonged to US volunteers fighting with the Int. Bde in Spain. I've attempted to upload the photo for you, but can't see confirmation that this was successful. If not in this post as an attachment and you want to see the link, I've put it in a PM for you. Regards Lyndale.
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Re: WW1 Soldier Uniform Identification

Postby Mick Loney » Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:03 am

If you go to this website https://internationalbrigadesinspain.we ... spain.html,
There is a photo of a US member of the International Brigade, wearing what is called the ‘doughboy’ uniform, which includes a fore-aft cap, and puttees on his legs.
As lyndale said, it does look a lot like the uniform worn by your man.
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Re: WW1 Soldier Uniform Identification

Postby Jayne8471 » Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:34 pm

Thank you - I'll definitely check this out. Though I'm at a loss as to understand how this photo ended up in Durham if this proves to be the case! I've never heard of any Spanish Civil War connection before. The plot thickens ...
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