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Submitted by Jay Richard Sobel

Information Picture Question
Category: Sharing Document
Approval Date: 5/15/2013 3:39 PM
Family Surname: Blejwas, Mendel
Town: Radom
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I am hoping to date the original photo of my Gandfather's Brother Mendel Blejwas (Max Bleviss)from the military uniform's of unknown country. My Great Uncle Max is seated with hand to face.
My immediate Blejwas family is from the town of Blonie followed by a move to the town of Radom according to the ship's manifest of arriving immigrants to Canada. Is this WWI Russian, Polish, Austrian or German? Any idea of rank from the hat and collar detailing? Thank you for your consideration and assistance.

Researching maternal family surnames:
BLEJWAS, SZWIJCER, KERSZENBAUM, ABRAMOWICZ, LENGA, FINKIELSZTEJN, PROJEKT, WAJCMAN, LIPFELD, LIPSZIC, BENJAMINOWICZ
from: Radom, Blonie, Blonkow in Poland; Spain and Argentina

Reseaching paternal family surnames:
SOBEL, MANISZCEWICZ, MANIS, ALTBAUM
from Sochaaaczew and unknown, Poland and perhaps Spain

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5/15/2013 5:05 PM Polish. You can search google images for Polish Army Uniforms and see the distinctive zig-zag collar and the eagle on the cap
5/17/2013 6:12 AM The uniforms are definitely Polish - see the White Eagle on the caps.

I am not sure about the date, though. During the First World War there were no Polish army as such, as Poland was partitioned between Russia, Germany and Austria from late 18th century until November 1918 (when the WWI ended). There were Polish military formations like Polish Legions at that time, but their uniforms were somewhat different.

However, the uniforms shown in the photograph might be one of the uniforms worn by the Polish Army soldiers right after the WWI, between 1918 and 1920 approximately (the uniforms changed significantly after 1919). I read some descriptions in Polish and they match the picture. I also found similar uniform in another picture on the web, and it was said that such uniform was worn in Polish Army between 1919-1920.

Thus, I would say this is not a WWI uniform, but a Polish Army uniform, and the photo was taken between late 1918 /early 1919 and 1920.

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