Dave Sirota wrote:
Good eye Ron! With a magnifying glass you can see girlie pictures or postcards on the bulletin board
It's not a good eye, as much as an active imagination....
Gotta echo something Joe said: The guy on the right, in the
second picture, is familiar. He looks a little like Rene Fonck, but
after going back and forth with some photos online, I don't think it's
The guy's uniform bugs the heck out of me. I can't tell if his
coat has a flat (modern) collar, or it's a stand-up collar (typical WWI)
and he's just got it unbuttoned. I'm thinking it's the latter, since
no tie is visible where the collar lies open. But it's a different
style and color from the other guy's. They're probably not two men in
the same unit...but why are they having their picture taken together?
They could be a couple of brothers from separate units, but they don't
They're both wearing shoulder cords. Aiguillettes are used to
denote staff officers (such as the aide to a general) but the fourragère
is awarded to combat units that distinguish themselves. These look
more like the latter, the guy on the left is wearing his with the loop
over the shoulder, which usually means that he was a member of the unit
when it gained the honor.
As I mentioned earlier the guy the on the left looks like he's
wearing wings. Can you "Zoom in" on your high-resolution image and post
a close-up of the badge? That may help us narrow down what country
When I first looked at the guys standing with the Sopwith, I
thought, "They look like Polish uniforms." I see the Wikipedia article
says that the Poles *did* use the 1 1/2 strutters during the
Polish-Soviet war in 1919-1920 (which would correspond to the dates on
the photo). Still, I was unable to find any Polish uniforms of the era
that looked anything like these.
It's interesting to note that the Sopwith does not have the
fabric covering over the spokes of the wheels. This could indicate a
training environment, where the wheels have to be fixed more often.....