Pre-WWI Albanian Gendarmerie

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Pre-WWI Albanian Gendarmerie

Post  Sean on Mon 01 Mar 2010, 12:18 am

A postcard of the Albanian Gendarmerie prior to the outbreak of WWI.

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Post  Sean on Sat 10 Apr 2010, 4:18 am

An Albanian Officer, in fact the King.
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Post  Animal on Wed 03 Aug 2011, 9:33 pm

Sean wrote:A postcard of the Albanian Gendarmerie prior to the outbreak of WWI.

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No doubt Italian uniforms with ex-Turkish Mauser rifles and cartridge belts, probably Balkan Wars booty.

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Re: Pre-WWI Albanian Gendarmerie

Post  zaptie on Sun 21 Aug 2011, 7:27 pm

I belive that these uniforms are of post wwI or during it . I belive the man in black is an Italian Carabinieri officier . During WWI italian raised a Gendarmerie uniformed in italian gray-green with also grey green fezs . The color of fezs is the differece from Albanian Militia in italian service that had withe fezs .

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Re: Pre-WWI Albanian Gendarmerie

Post  Sean on Sat 03 Sep 2011, 4:39 pm

Perhaps they are WWI vintage but given the uniformity I would have said pre-war. Certainly the post war uniform was different. Didn't the Carabinieri train the pre-war Gendarmerie, or have I got that wrong. I believe the Italians were fairly heavily involved in the new Albania of 1913.
Having said that though, I'm not sure the guy in black is Italian, could be Dutch given the cap.

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Re: Pre-WWI Albanian Gendarmerie

Post  zebra on Fri 07 Mar 2014, 8:12 pm

The only description of Gendarmerie uniforms is in "Police uniforms of the world" FG Blakeslee 1934, which mentions  khaki uniforms with stand collars and scarlet collar gorget collar patches with a cap like the WW! US  overseas/side cap piped scarlet around the top.
Not too sure when these  khaki uniforms were introduced or even the original uniform. The photos seem to show scarlet collar patches.

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Post  Animal on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 1:07 pm

Sean wrote:Perhaps they are WWI vintage but given the uniformity I would have said pre-war. Certainly the post war uniform was different. Didn't the Carabinieri train the pre-war Gendarmerie, or have I got that wrong. I believe the Italians were fairly heavily involved in the new Albania of 1913.
Having said that though, I'm not sure the guy in black is Italian, could be Dutch given the cap.

Actually the Gendarmerie were trained by the British. In fact the Gendarmerie were the only ones to put up any real resistance when Mussolini invaded the country on Good Friday, 1939.

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