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What information can be gleaned from this military uniform?

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    I have attached a photo of a relative in military uniform. I believe he was born about 1900 in Horodenka which was a town in the Galician region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, this territory belongs to the Ivano Franvs'k (spelling?) region of Ukraine. Someone told me it was a Polish military uniform, but I do not know. Is anyone able to provide any insight? My ultimate goal is to learn something about the nature of this man's military service. Thank you in advance.
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    All I can tell you is it's a Polish uniform .
    Are the black spots war time censorship ?
    Cheers Chris

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    Also welcome to the forum ! I'm sure someone with more information will help you out .
    Cheers Chris

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    Private of the Polish Army, probably infantry (looking at the collar patches), however boots suggest rather mounted forces (artillery?). Parabellum P08 pistol holster and sabre were probably requisite / prop of the photo atelier. Photo taken between 1920-1927.

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    I also wondered about the spots. I thought perhaps the uniform had been patched, but I really don't know. I wonder if I'd be able to find any records for this soldier, but that's probably a topic for a different forum. 😬

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    I was thinking the black spots might be war time censorship , blacking out unit insignia etc .
    Cheers Chris

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    As regards black spots - it is accidental defect. No patches, no insignia were worn in this area. No wartime censorship intervention could take place as well.

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    I wasn't sure about Polish metal placement , and I didn't really mean war-time .
    More that the political fortunes changed over time , and wearing somethings might look bad at later date .
    Cheers Chris

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