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Chuck In Oregon

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Forest Infantry? Forest Shooters? I don't know how else to translate "197-го пехотного лесного полка".

Here's how one of my books describes it: Крест красной емали, типа креcта лейб-гвардии Кексгольмского полка, на которoм серебряный меч с золотой рукоятью , по рисунку изображенного на Пертовских знаменах. So, similar in type to the Keksgolm Cross. I've got one of those around here somewhere. A guy asked me to put it "on hold" two years ago. Hmmm, I wonder if he decided not to buy it.

This example is 50.28 mm tall and 30.18 mm wide. My books says 35 mm wide but I talked to a museum guy in Tbilisi and he said the book is wrong, that it should be 30 mm. It weighs 12.41 grams without the screwplate.

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That's a STUNNER! Karelian unit, presumably?

I guess "infantry forest regiment" will have to do, since "wooden infantry" doesn't sound too good! :cheeky:

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Speaking only for myself, as a graduate in reasonably good standing of the Ft. Benning School for Boys/Chattahoochee Military Academy, "blockhead infantry" has a certain ring to it.

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Welcome back Chuck.

My books shows this as the 197th Lesnaya Infantry Regiment.

Nice badge :jumping:


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Hello George

Always good to be among old friends. I'll have a few more new things to share soon.

The bold type in my first post is the spelling I took from the book Знаки боевого отличия, published in Tbilisi in 1982. I don't make any other claims to know. That's just where I got my information. I'll be quite happy to learn the correct ID if I'm wrong.


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