Chris Dale wrote:Hello again,
I think this is the Karlbluse, a tunic referred to in Osprey's Austro-Hungarian Forces in WW1 (2) P14. It was a trail tunic made in 1916 in khaki with visible buttons. 4,000 are estimated to have been made but it was not taken up by the KuK army in general. In Volume 1 of the same series on P47, Jung says that one picture of a tropical uniform H4 was clearly made in early 1916 as it "still has concealed buttonholes" implying that the later ones were not concealed.
I've not seen any photos of it in the field. Perhaps not many of them went out as most of the Orientkorps was never deployed.
You're right though we still need more source material on this.
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