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Title KuK Central Alliance officer's Carpathian Campaign 'tinnie'
Nationality Austrian
Period 1915
Price £70.00

This commemorates the winter and spring campaign in the Carpathian mountains in 1915, when Austria battled manfully against Russian assaults, initially with very little German support. Austrian losses by this point reached nearly two million men in dead, wounded and taken prisoner.

This is an extremely high quality gilt enamelled piece, of a higher standard than much similar material of this era, which shows the eagles of Austria and Prussia surmounted by the Hungarian coat of arms, with a banner referring to the Carpathian Campaign above a pair of clasped hands. The reverse has a Hungarian maker's name.

There is an interesting socket at the reverse for placing a sprig of fir (winter) or oak leaf (summer), traditional emblems worn in Austrian military headdress on campaign.

It measures nearly 3cm across and its condition is excellent. It appears to have a light lacquer finish over all.

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

[Militaria : Badges : Austrian : 20th Century]


Just to let you know that the bayonets arrived safely this morning and I am extremely happy! They are everything that I had hoped they would be, but better! I am extremely pleased that i purchased them from you. The 1867 Albini ... is an absolute beauty, the blade is immaculate. The other is in fact in far better condition that I had imagined as well. So all in all, I couldn't be happier! Many thanks Chris.

I very much look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

Russell Thomas, Norway, 15.08.2013

Thank you, Chris. All arrived safely. Very quickly too, much quicker than from the US! Very satisfied. It is a nice sword.

Anyway, thanks again and I have marked your site for future interest.

T P, New Zealand, 04.04.2005