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Military Uniform, Russian or Polish? #photographs

Margalit Ashira Ir
 

 
Hello Genners, 
 
This photograph of my great uncle, Josef Jekiel (Landman) was taken just before 1917, he was a medical officer in the military.  He died in 1917.  Can anyone tell me if this is a Polish or Russian uniform?.  He was born in Stanislaw in the late 1800's.
 
Thank you and  stay well

Warm Regards,
Margalit
Margalit Ashira Ir
Searching:- 
EDELMAN, IR, TUGENDER, EKSTEJN - Biala Podlaska
MEJERSDORF - Warsaw
Jekiel Landman - Stanislaw, Galicia

 

btkerman@...
 

I'm not at all an expert but just from looking at images on Google and looking up who controlled Stanislaw during WWI I think it's actually an Austrian uniform.

Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

igersammy@...
 

Definitely NOT Russian. Looks rather Austrian than Polish.  

Efraim
 

It is definitely not Russian. Probably Polish or Austrian. 

Efraim
 

It is definitely not Russian. Probably Polish or Austrian. 

mikael.grounes@...
 

Hi,
I'm not an expert either, but to me it looks like a French unicorn (from above, a circular hat). Not Polish, their hats looked square from above. When the Poles liberated Poland from Russia, their army,  under general Pilsudski, they were said to have had help from 40000 French volunteer officers. 

Best regards

Mikael Grounes

Margalit Ashira Ir
 

Dear Genners,
Thank you all for your help in identifying my great uncle's uniform.  It is indeed Austrian.  Now I will be able to focus more about him and his military history.
 
Wishing you all well, please remain safe and well.

Warm Regards,
Margalit
Margalit Ashira Ir
SEARCHING:
EDELMAN, IR, TUGENDER, EKSZTEJN - Biala Podlaska, Miedzyrec
JEKIEL, LANDMAN, FISCHEL - Galicia
MEJERSDORF
, PREZORZKA - Warsaw

 

Jx. Gx.
 

I am much more familiar with American and German WWI uniforms, but I am very certain that your great uncle is wearing an Austrian uniform.  The Austrian-Hungarian Empire had a lot of uniform variations. The Austrian units, including those of Slovenia because the latter was part of the Empire, wore uniforms that had a lot of similarities to German uniforms. Uniform differences were also based on regimental origins, traditions, and branches of service such as  infantry and cavalry. 

It would have been helpful to see the uniforms of the other men in the photo that were cropped out.  Still, there is enough in this photo to verify it is an Austrian uniform. 1)  The deeply arched breast pocked flaps on the blouse (jacket).  2) The hat has the two vertical buttons (common in all German-style field caps up through WWII).  Above the buttons is a cockade.  You can't see the details, but I am pretty certain it would have the initials "FJI" - Franz Joseph Imperator."

If we didn't already know that your great-uncle died in 1917, I would have said the picture was taken sometime early in the war.  Later in the war, the Austrian military replaced the high collars with lower collars for comfort. The tab on your uncle's uniform collar has a single star that identified his rank.  I'm not familiar with Austrian-Hungarian military ranks. You might want to check out   http://www.austro-hungarian-army.co.uk/badges/badges.htm

Jeffrey Gee
Arizona
  

tom
 

it definitely looks ww1 austro-hungarian. you can see more about austro-hungarian uniforms at this site:

<http://www.austro-hungarian-army.co.uk/>


....... tom klein, toronto


At 19:05 -0700 4/6/20, main@... wrote:

This photograph of my great uncle, Josef Jekiel (Landman) was taken just before 1917, he was a medical officer in the military. He died in 1917. Can anyone tell me if this is a Polish or Russian uniform?. He was born in Stanislaw in the late 1800's.
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avivahpinski@verizon.net
 

There was no Poland army during the time period you cite;  the country was either under Russian rule, or Galicia, which was under the Austro Hungarian Empire.  Poland became independent after WWI.   Prio to that, Stanislaw was in Galicia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, under the rule of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria.   There is an excellent web site which is invaluable to anyone looking for information about Galicia.    https://search.geshergalicia.org/  

There is a special study of physicians under the web site of Gesher Galicia. 
https://www.geshergalicia.org/projects/galician-medical-students-doctors-project/

The picture you have, based on all of the information above, is probably an Austrian uniform. 

Avivah Pinski

Avivah R. Z. Pinski
near Philadelphia, USA
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Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

krismurawski24@...
 

The Polish Legions were established by Joseph Pilsudski in 1914. Their uniforms were not standardized, but they usually wore either round grey visored caps called „maciejówka” (Maciej-cap) or four-cornered Pokish hats. Wearing an Austrian uniform by a Legions medical officer was a possibility.
Kris Murawski
Raleigh, NC