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  1. I posted this picture on my site ( http://www.marksrussianmilitaryhistory.info/ , with bigger scans of details.) Dated 1929, I'm pretty sure they are Estonian cavalry. Regarding the arm brassard, I have read that the Estonian army made extensive use of them, but no further information.
  2. This is certainly a policeman with his distinctive cuff marking. It is only my guess that he is Egyptian. A second possibility is that he is in the Sudan. The date of photo is unknown, and again it is just my guess that this postcard dates from the 1920s, '30s, or '40s.
  3. I added some Cuban photos to my web site. I believe this one is from a short period when the Cuban military was aiming for a traditional army role, before later embracing a national police role with a main mission of internal security. Main page Cuba_1919_page
  4. You mean in general or any of these photos in particular? The citations I have seen for higher clergy are usually that they took good pastoral care of their flock. Only occasionally do I come across a citation for a specific action, such as for an army chaplain encouraging the men during a battle. Of course, during a war there would be a slew of these. Here's some random examples: 1814 Aug 30 - Archimandrite Innokentii of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, awarded St. Anne 2nd class with diamonds for successfully "finishing the first six years of the course". He taught church
  5. I would have to disagree with the first paragraph. I've followed the on-line commentary of this season's episodes and it is often stated that the acting, cinematography, and music are great - the only thing being criticized is the horrible writing. It's been specifically mentioned that calling for a redo honors the greatness of the actors and crew, who have been insulted just as much as the viewers by the collapse in quality of the script. You're right - the connections between GRR Martin's world and real history are legion.
  6. From the Russian SPISKI KAVALEROV: 24-9-1818, Lt. KUSSEROV, in Prussian service - St. Anne 3rd class 13-9-1832, Major KUSSEROV, Prussian 3rd Infantry Regt. - St. Stanislav 3rd class
  7. The Royal Horse Guards is indeed a sentry and not an officer. No chance of it being a portrait of your family member. The photograph appears to be a French hussar officer c. 1890. No chance of it being a Dragoon Guards officer.
  8. In memory of the Caucasus 10 September 1915 Number four - Imperial Russian civil official.
  9. Not especially high awards for bravery. The sa3, sa4, sv4 were typical for mid-ranking officers in prestigious regiments who saw several actions during a major war. The sa2 and ss2 in later life were no doubt civil service awards, when Marin was a retired officer. No real work to get this data, because for years now I've been maintaining a database on all officers, and constantly adding to it, mostly for the first half of the 19th century. Glad to help.
  10. Probably "Contusion" rather than "Concussion" . The distinguishing of "wounds" ("rany") from "contusions" ("kontuzii") in casualty reports is an old Imperial Russian thing. I think it means a difference between an injury that breaks the skin and one that does not.
  11. (I sent this reply to Mr Alho offline, but the forum readers may find some interest in it, so I include it here also.) For many years I have been building a database of officers and civilian officials in tsarist Russia. Of course, the database is far from complete. This is what I found on the family name Poppius: 1814 August - Vice-Geradsgevding Poppius travelled from Vyborg and arrived in St Petersburg sometime during the time 19 to 23 August. 1814 Aug 26 "Daniel Popius" awarded the order of St. Vladimir 4th class. 1819 Dec 4 - Under-Junker (officer candidate) Popius of
  12. If we're open for pure speculation - then I have doubts about an escape attempt. Typically the forced marches were from east to west, so why try to slip the leash when you're going in the right direction anyways? Plus, in winter, in hostile territory -- it's hard to imagine anyone thinking escape is a viable option. Perhaps more likely are summary executions for not keeping up on the march - happened by the thousands for concentration camp inmates on those end-of-war winter marches. I would have thought western Allied PoWs would be a more privileged group, though. That's it for my
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