Albanian Infantry, 1914

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Albanian Infantry, 1914

Post  Sean on Thu 19 Jun 2008, 2:08 pm

Its the less well known uniforms that really interest me.
Albania had a brief taste of independence in 1914.
It had its own Army until it was washed away by the Great War.
Here is a postcard showing the infantry, with a very Italian look.

http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/12/22/09/10/postca10.jpg

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Another postcard

Post  Sean on Thu 19 Jun 2008, 2:12 pm

http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/12/22/09/10/2344310.jpg


A coloured postcard. Can't say I agree with the colours though

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Re: Albanian Infantry, 1914

Post  buistR on Fri 20 Jun 2008, 1:06 pm

Those pictures are very interesting Sean. The colour shades are probably no more accurate than hand tinted photographs usually are but the full dress uniforms visible in the background, being worn by the German princeling who took up the dangerous job of King of Albania from 1912-14, are reasonably close to the light grey-blue shown by Preben Kannik.

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Re: Albanian Infantry, 1914

Post  zebra on Fri 07 Mar 2014, 8:18 pm

In "The first world war sourcebook" PJ Haythornthwaite it mentions the light blue uniform with black facings, but on active service ordinary national Albanian dress worn.
It also mentions that in 1916 the Italians formed an Albanian legion with Italian uniforms and equipment and white fleece cap.
The soldiers in the photos seem to have Italian ammo pouches, could they be showing this Italian legion ?

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