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pushing tin06 Jun 2021 1:14 a.m. PST

I'm using Baccus figures and was just wondering about the headgear of the Serbian cavalry, they appear to be wearing some kind of big cap? But all the sources I can get hold of have them in the šajkača same as the infantry and artillery?


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2021 7:44 a.m. PST

I have seen pictures of Serbian cavalry in something that looks like a tall flat cap or a short soft shako. I don't have any idea what it is called, but it is different than the traditional peasant cap. Sometimes you see images of infantry in flat caps as well.

monk2002uk06 Jun 2021 8:54 a.m. PST

This set of drawings may be of help:


pushing tin06 Jun 2021 12:01 p.m. PST

The headgear looks like that worn by the gentleman in black reading the map with the impressive whiskers



79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2021 1:26 p.m. PST

The links aren't working for me.

monk2002uk06 Jun 2021 11:35 p.m. PST

Yes, that looks like the match for the type of cap. A better quality image describes the two figures next to each other as a general and an ordinance officer. Neither fits. A further search suggests that the cavalry that wore that type of cap were from the Serbian Royal Horse Guards. Here is a modern photo of the unit, which has been resurrected for ceremonial purposes:

The colours match some drawings of other cavalry uniforms of the time, so not black.


pushing tin07 Jun 2021 5:06 a.m. PST

Thanks Robert, are these colours authentic for 1914 (if presumably ceremonial)?

Grelber07 Jun 2021 8:56 a.m. PST

The Funcken WWI books show the Serbian cavalry in kepis. Infantry are shown in the cap worn by the infantryman in the print provided by monk2002uk (presumably the šajkača). They show the cavalry in a tunic that is a brighter blue than that worn by the cavalryman in the monk print, but not as bright as the modern cavalrymen.


pushing tin12 Jun 2021 6:23 a.m. PST

Well it turns out I was sent the wrong cavalry, now corrected by the splendid team at Baccus. The replacements do indeed have a šajkača

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