|4.2 Arms record history
COUNTRIES CHANGE STRUCTURE
Unification and separation of countries are reflected
in the arms of the new states.
The arms of the Commonwealth
of Australia consist of the badges
of the former six colonies that federated in 1901.
Separated from Slovakia in 1993, the arms of the new Czech
Republic represent only Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia.
World War I brought an end to the Hapsburg Empire that was
reduced to Austria proper. The shields of the Hapsburg family and Lorraine
were dropped, leaving only the shield of the historic Duchy of Austria.
World War I Austrian field post free frank handstamp.