Dr. M. Christian Ortner, DI Hermann Hinterstoisser: The k.u. k. Army in the First World War - Uniform and equipment - from 1914 to 1918

Verlag Militaria. 864 pages, more than 2500 photographs, linen-bound with a book jacket. Format: 29.5×26 cm

The assassination of the Austrian Heir Apparent, Franz Ferdinand, on 28 June 1914 provoked what is described by many historians as the ‘Fundamental catastrophe of the 20th century’. One of the armies that subsequently marched out in the hopes of a short war, was the Austro-Hungarian Army. In the war years that followed, the soldiers of the k.u.k. Army would travel to almost all the First World War’s theatres of war. They fought in Galicia and Bukovina, in the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkans, from 1915 in the Southern Alps, on the Isonzo, in Albania and in the Sinai Desert and later on the German Western Front and in Asia. The war changed the k.u.k. Army, not only from a technical and a moral point of view, but also with regard to its appearance. The soldiers who marched out in 1914 presented a very different picture to that of the final years of the war. For the first time it has been possible, through painstakingly detailed work and with the use of extant documents in the Austrian State Archives as well as the extensive collections of the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna, to create a comprehensive picture of the Austro-Hungarian uniforms during the First World War. Topics that are otherwise frequently neglected, like the volunteer motor corps, the medical corps, prisoners of war and projected uniforms for the post-war era, are also included in this documentation.

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