05-22-2015, 06:01 PM
An image of an Austrian Gebirgsjäger, wearing the Feldkappe with the Edelweiss:
05-22-2015 06:01 PM
05-22-2015, 06:53 PM
Hi, mates !
Want to show you this dirty, stinky, raddled, and, sweat soaked, maroon coloured, beret of an officer of the "Jägerbataillon 25".
The "JgB25" is the one and only Airborne, and, Airmobile Bataillon in the ÖBH, (Austrian Bundesheer).
There´s only the "Jagdkommando" airborne also !
Playful the "Jgb25" is called as "Jagdkommando Süd", through the stationing of the Bataillion in the south of Austria, (Carinthia).
07-29-2015, 12:45 PM
The correct designation for the various incarnations of the M-43 style cap is "Feldkappe". The models I'm familiar with include:
Feldkappe, Modell M-56: field-grey, coarse wool cap very similar to the Wehrmacht M-43. The fabric changed to a smoother twill material in the 1970s. I'm not sure if the designation changed
Feldkappe, Modell M-57: pea-pattern camo version with false turndowns (similar to the WH DAK/HBT caps). I have a few tailor-made examples but have never found one with production stamps indicating an issue item.
Feldkappe, Modell M-59: olive-green/brownish cap -- same false turndowns. Part of the field uniform.
The M-56/57/59 was general issue to all. I don't believe it became unique to mountain troops until the introduction of berets in the 1970s. Prior to this, the edelweiss was the only way to distinguish it from the same cap everyone else was wearing.
The cap shown is 1970s+ -- the smoother fabric distinguishes these from the earlier, coarse, wool caps.
by James C
07-29-2015, 07:42 PM
many thanks for taking the time to explain the different styles and of course for your valued appraisal of my example ,your very kind regards james
07-30-2015, 10:02 PM
Nice "SALTY" beret Reibert !!! and some good info on the Jagerbatalion too!!!!
07-30-2015, 10:06 PM
Very nice material of an army very close to my heart.
08-03-2015, 03:44 AM
I acquired this subdued patch still attached ( to a shirt I guess? ) some years back as part of a job lot of ww2 items.
Nice though it is, I do not collect Austrian and so if any member does and wants it - gratis - PM me an address and I'll pop it in an envelope for you!
First in best dressed .......
Cheers all, Dan
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
10-25-2015, 12:18 PM
10-31-2015, 03:38 PM
Nice achievement badge Reibert!! and thanks to you.... and the alert I had set on this thread.... reminded me to re-visit
As I now have a few new interesting Austrian photos to share....
first up.... three photos of an Austrian army EXPO.... at a guess circa pre 1966 (photos sadly not dated) as the rank decal visible on the squad leaders M58 liner was abandoned soon after 1966!!
it shows displays of gear set up to demonstrate the army's new weapons to the top brass!!!
on the table... with the customary Austrian dot camo zeltbhan tablecloth!!! (still in use at modern Austrian army expo's even in recent times!!) is a bazooka (looks U.S. issue to me!!!) , an MG 42/MG1, an STG 58, an MP40 ( folding stock butt just visible ) and other hand weapon small arms, on display is also uniform (mountain ski troops and what looks to be flotation vest!!???...boat troops???) and also some more heavy weapon's in the form of .50 browning AA mount and lafette mounted MG42/ MG1!!
10-31-2015, 04:08 PM
Nice images !
Thx. for sharing !
WWII weapons were used for a long time in the ÖBH.