Original Imperial Russian WWI Imperial Army 16th Infantry Division Officer’s Shako Plate

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Russian Empire entered World War I in the three days preceding July 28, 1914. This began with Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which was a Russian ally at the time. The Russian Empire sent an ultimatum, via St Petersburg, to Vienna, warning Austria-Hungary not to attack Serbia. Following the invasion of Serbia, Russia began to mobilize its reserve army near its border with Austria-Hungary. Consequently, on July 31, the German Empire in Berlin demanded Russian demobilization. There was no response; and so, on the same day (1 August 1914), Germany declared war on Russia. In accordance with its war plan, Germany ignored Russia and moved first against France, declaring war on August 3rd. Germany sent its main armies through Belgium to surround Paris. The threat to Belgium caused Britain to declare war on Germany on August 4. The Ottoman Empire soon after joined the Central Powers and fought Russia along their border.

This Imperial Russian Army WWI shako badge is in lovely, complete condition. The 16th Infantry Division, a unit that was only active from 1914-1918. The badge is without damage and still retains both sets of attachment prongs and red leather background.

Comes more than ready for further research and display

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