Drill session of the František Palacký 11th Infantry Regiment,
headquatered in Písek, and photographed sometime between 1930 and
1933. The date may have been slightly later, but not earlier, as
indicated by the presence of reservists. Note that unit has been
separated into two opposing formations (usually blue and red).
Helpless soldier in the sidecar, left alone without his driver.
The ribbon on his hat indicates which side he is on – the winners
or the losers.
Mobile canteen. The mysterious acronym on the sign marks the
11th Infantry Regiment of František Palacký. A few years
earlier, the same regiment had the name of, “Jan, Prince of
Soldier wringing hands is a sergeant in the
The army of the first republic travelled either by foot or by
so-called “hipomobile” (animal drawn). This photograph records very
clearly both alternatives. Sitting soldiers are carrying rucksacks,
and are wearing helmets from 1916 of German type, inherited from
Austria, with a French clove added. This combining of
inherited Austrian equipment and French or other foreign add-ons
was typical during the first republic. The idea that combining two
good elements will result in one that was twice as good, was always
Schwarzlose heavy machine gun in anti-aircraft configuration.
A proven water-cooled gun, used in the Army of the first
republic during its whole existence (the last ones were confiscated
by the Wermacht in 1939) illustrates our understanding of
conservative Austria and progressive first republic. The photo can
be considered somewhat posed, because the non-commissioned officer
with binoculars is looking intensely at the “enemy” aircraft, while
the gunner appears to be sleeping. Maybe he is just concentrating
As mentioned earlier, soldiers sitting in cars were seen more
in the movies. In practice, the army travelled either by foot or on
Warrant officer in service. Because of his wrongly worn hat, we
can imagine that either
a) he has been in service too long,
b) he is a reservist,
c) he has a good sense of self irony, or
d) all of the ab ove.