Now this is a subject that got me stumped: WW1 Serbian Uniforms. I'm preparing an article in anticipation of the fortcoming HÄT Serbian Infantry set. And I only have meagre info. And some photos of the Serbian uniforms in the Army Museum in Brussels. Anyone out there who has any more info, especially on the COLOUR of the uniforms? I get conflicting ifo here...
The artwork I've seen shows a sort of greenish grey, more green than feldgrau, though.
It does! Thanks! If you have any more general info, please send it in! I will then quote as a co-author!
The World War One Sourcebook says the following:
An olive-grey/khaki service uniform was introduced from 1912, but by the outbreak it had been received only by the 1st Ban (i.e. first-class troops). The 2nd Ban wore a mixture of pre-1912 coloured uniform and often a 1912 cap and greatcoat. The old coloured uniform included a single-breasted, dark blue tunic, double-breasted for officers.
There is no other reference to colour,except that the cavalry wore light blue tunics, single- and double-breasted for other ranks and officers respectively. There is plenty of info about arm-of-service piping, buttons, etc.
After the evacuation to Corfu the Army was completely re-equipped from Allied stocks, using both French horizon blue and British khaki uniforms, French weapons and the Adrian helmet bearing an embossed Serbian double-headed eagle.
Army Uniforms of World War 1 (Mollo & Turner, Blandford Press) describes the 1912 colour as "olive greenish-grey" , so we are not much wiser. The tinted illustrations in the book show an infantryman in a greyish-brown (with traditional moccassin-style shoes instead of boots), an officer in a greyish light blue, and a second officer in the cotton or linen summer uniform, which is a very pale brownish-grey.
On the other hand, as far as I remember, the Serbian uniform in the Imperial War Museum in London is greyish-blue, perhaps a little darker than the French horizon blue. I'll get a photo next time I'm there.
I'm afraid this doesn't really pin it down, but that's the info I can find.