the battling bosnians
Distinguished from other Austro-hungarian units by their field grey fez (reddish brown for dress), four regiments of Bosnian-herzegovinian infantry and one Feldjägerbataillon (Field Rifles Battalion) were recruited in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the outbreak of war 41 per cent of NCOS and other ranks were Muslims, 29 per cent Serbian Orthodox and 25 per cent Roman Catholic, but all wore the fez – associated with Muslims in the Ottoman Empire – regardless of faith. In 1914 esprit de corps was high enough for the Bosnian-herzegovinian infantry to be considered elite in comparison to the generally poor levels of motivation and training across the KUK.
“ALL WORE THE FEZ – ASSOCIATED WITH MUSLIMS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE – REGARDLESS OF FAITH”