Austro-Hungarian Forces
Authenticity regs


The following items are required:

German items may be substitued for the following Austrian items: helmet, gasmask and carrier, trousers, boots, shirts, legwraps and suspenders. All other items worn/carried by Austrian troops must be of the appropriate A-H pattern.

Uniform

  • Field Cap
  • Tunic
  • Trousers
  • Shirt and Undershirt
  • Suspenders
  • Leg Wraps
  • Austrian or German Ankle Boots

Equipment

  • M95 Mannlicher Rifle and Sling
  • Mannlicher Bayonet and Scabbard
  • Brown Leather Belt with Roller Buckle
  • M95 Mannlicher Ammo Pouches
  • Breadbag
  • Canteen
  • Shovel and Carrier
  • Rucksack

I. Uniform:

Unless otherwise noted, Prussian or German items may be worn. Therefore, the description of the following items are for specific Austrian uniform and equipment that is authorized to be worn or carried.

A. Field cap (Bergmütze or Kappi).

  1. All ranks will wear the forage cap. NCOs may wear a leather visor, all enlisted men are to wear a cloth visor.
  2. The field cap is a peaked cap design with two buttons located in the front.
  3. Manufactured of a field grey or grey green wool or wool blend material.
  4. Machine sewn throughout (except for attachment of the lining to the cap body).
  5. A small field grey painted or tarnished brass cockade with the initial "K" is worn on the front of the enlisted cap close to the peak. Officers may opt to wear the officer’s shako in field or stone grey, instead of the enlisted style cap.
  6. On the left side of the cap a tin oak leaf or a sprig of green may be worn in spring and summer, and straw during the fall or winter.

B. Tunic

Constructed of field grey, grey-green, or stone grey wool or wool blend fabric in the M.17 instead of the M1909 pattern.

  1. Front buttons are covered by a flap.
  2. Six metal or vegetable fiber buttons are used for the fly front, one per cuff and for each shoulder strap.
  3. A shoulder roll may be worn on the right shoulder of the tunic or greatcoat.
  4. Standing portions of the collar with standing portions not exceeding 2 in. in height.
  5. Breast are scalloped and are placed at a slight angle, The upper pockets are slanted downwards towards the center, and the bottom pockets slanted upwards toward the center.
  6. Sleeves are secured by one button, finished, but not turnback. Late war style sleeves may be ungusseted or unflapped, but will have a small button one inch from the bottom of the sleeve, along side the rear seam of the sleeve.
  7. May or may not have a rear seam.
  8. Senior NCO and Officer tunis may be the same pattern as the enlisted model, or the "Karl Bluse", which lacks the shoulder straps, has a heightened collar similar to German officer tunics, and has domed exposed buttons instead of a fly front closure. There are six buttons down the front, with the pocket flaps also being closed by similar exposed buttons. Buttons may be cloth covered or subdued (painted field grey, or chemically darkened).

C. Trousers

  1. Constructed of field grey or grey-green wool or wool blend fabric.
  2. Will have a hidden fly front closed by buttons.
  3. Two slash pockets in the front with button closure. If an identity locket is worn, it is tied to the button hole of the right pocket, with the locket worn inside the pocket.
  4. No half-belt in the back.
  5. No watch pocket.

Will be one of two of the following styles:

  1. German stone grey tousers or...
  2. Dismounted style Reitenhosen.

II. Equipment:

Unless otherwise noted, Prussian or German equipment may be used.

A. Helmet

  1. Only the Hungarian M17, Berndorfer patterns, or the German or Austrian M16 patterns may be worn.
  2. Must be of steel construction.
  3. German helmets must be worn with Austrian style helmet covers.
    Must have a functional chin strap made of cloth with leather reinforcements and metal eyelets for a roller buckle closure.

B. Belt and Belt Buckle

  1. The belt may be brown or black and constructed of leather with the rough side out.
  2. The belt may be one of either style:
    1. a plain belt, at least one inch wide and with a roller buckle, or
    2. a belt similar to the German issue belt with a buckle constructed of either brass or steel. The plate will be decorated with the Austrian eagle, or the Hungarian crest.

C. Ammunition Pouches

  1. Only double-pocket M95 Mannlicher ammunition pouches are authorized to be worn on the belt.

D. Bayonet, Scabbard and Sling

  1. Only the M 95 Mannlicher bayonet and scabbard are authorized to be worn.
  2. Must be an actual bayonet (i.e. cast or molded replicas are not authorized.
  3. The frog is constructed of natural brown or dyed leather, smooth or rough side out.

E. Rifle and Sling

  1. Only the M95 Austrian Mannlicher carbine may be carried while operating crew served weapon.