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Title Field grey fez for troops (1915 model)
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1915/16

This fez was for the use of the Bosnian Muslim troops in the old Austrian army and succeeded the 1908 model, which was of somewhat cruder construction. In WW2, this tradition was continued by Handschar (Bosnian SS division).

It is made of field grey wool felt and is missing the two regulation loops of twine for the ensignia and the wool yarn tassel. It is stamped on the inside with 'M.D.5 1915' (or 16) together with the number '1' and the letter 'B' in a square with cut corners. It is a comparatively rare survivor from the Great War and is in ex-stores condition.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Headdress : Austrian : 20th Century]


Just letting you know that the whistle arrived here this morning safe and sound. Your excellent packaging was still totally intact and it took me all of five minutes to break into it to see my purchase. I am very pleased, it is a great whistle.

R C, Australia, 21.12.2012

Dear Chris, truncheon arrived safe and sound yesterday... what a beauty! I look forward to our next transaction.

C C, Australia, 18.09.2012