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  1. An old period chart showing insignia for one year volunteers. The shoulder straps were edged with a twisted coloured cord in the colours of their state. They were usually expected to provide their own uniform and equipment, and these were often in a fine quality compared to officers items. The one year volunteers usually came from well situated families, and after qualifying in studies or a civilian profession, had the possibility of later becoming a Reserve Officer.
  2. Shoulder strap, September 1915 for Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinzregent Luitpold von Bayern (Magdeburgisches) No.4 based in Magdeburg, raised 1814. As from September 1915 shoulder straps for all field artillery units were bright red. Backing in fieldgrey. Below the crowned monogram of PRL is a flaming artillery grenade. Prinzregent Luitpold ruled Bavaria from 1886 till 1912 (Interregnum). The regiment belonged to the IV. A.K. (Prussia) Shoulder strap, 1914/15 for 1.Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinzregent Luitpold (Bavaria) based in München, raised 1824 and belonged to the I. Bavarian Armee Korps. After the outbreak of war, some shoulder straps were subject to simpified manufacture and without piping. On rough stonegrey serge. Monogram PRL slightly faded, damage to crown. The Bavarian artillery regiments wore no grenade on shoulder straps Königlich Bayerisches 1. Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz-Regent Luitpold, Einjährig-Freiwilliger
  3. Shoulder straps in peacetime quality Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1.Grossherzoglich Hessisches) No.115 White Monogram: EL for Ernst Ludwig of Hessen, red facings. Repaired damage. Infanterie-Leibregiment Grossherzogin (3.Großherzogl.Hessisches) No.117 Monogram: A for Grossherzogin Alice, dark blue, lighter than tunic Other Hessian infantry regiments were, R.118 - yellow strap, red numbers, R.168, red strap, yellow numbers Infanterie-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm (2.Grossherzogl.Hess.) No.116 Monogram: W with Imperial Crown for Kaiser Wilhelm II. Officers shoulder pieces for an Oberleutnant, I.R.116. These have the wrong crowns, should be the Imperial Crown. The shoulder pieces have red/white interweave in the Hessian colours. White backing.
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