This is my great-grandfather, Nicolaus Maier with senior NCOs of his front-line combat engineering battalion. He is in the light tunic, which is unfamiliar to me, although I can see some of his comrades are NCOs, and a couple even sport an EK2 ribbon.
I was wondering whether anyone can tell me what uniform my great-grandfather is wearing, and what his rank might have been? I know he was in the reserve forces since the 1890s - - allegedly he was a major, but I do not see the shoulder braiding on his tunic to indicate that rank, and do not know what, if anything, the colors on his hat may mean.
He was on the Eastern Front from 1914 through mid-1918 as a kind of rear-guard, and this is one of only two photographs of him ever taken during WWI at the front, or near it. I have a few others, but they are pre-war, taken between 1897 and 1911. Always, his uniform is similar to the one in this picture, except with long trousers and shoes/boots with what appear to be spurs...white coat with standing collar (dark or red rectangles on the collar, red "shoulder boards"), black trousers with dark stripe, same brimmed hat with black center and strap.
Anything anybody can tell me about the picture and/or my great-grandfather is sincerely appreciated.
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