Infantryman, Yugoslav Army, 1933
The federated Kingdom of Yugoslavia combined the old Serb kingdom with provinces from the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its army was also a conglomerate, heavily influenced by Serbian traditions but also moulded by Allied support during the Great War.
Headdress – Serb style peakless cap with national cockade attached to the front.
Jacket – Again a Serb item that reflected past Russian influence. Double breasted with hidden buttons. The roll on the shoulder strap is to help retain the equipment in place. On the collar ends are the red tabs of the infantry. Note the internal hip pockets and round cuffs.
Equipment – Old French ammunition pouches on a plain waist belt.
Legwear – Plain breeches tucked into long putties, worn over ankle boots.
Weapon – 7.92mm Czech vz24 Mauser rifle and bayonet.
Below is photograph of a machine gun subunit of
an infantry company.