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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

WW1 : Imperial Russian Army

At the outbreak of the war, Emperor Nicholas II appointed his cousin, Grand Duke Nicholas as Commander-in-Chief. On mobilization, the Russian Army totalled 115 infantry and 38 cavalry divisions with nearly 7,900 guns (7,100 field guns, 540 field howitzers and 257 heavy guns). There were only 2 army ambulances and 679 cars. The war in the East began with Russian invasion of East Prussia (1914) and the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia. The first ended in a Russian defeat by the German Empire in the Battle of Tannenberg (1914). In the west, a Russian Expeditionary Force was dispatched to France in 1915. During the Russian Revolution of 1917 the Imperial Russian Army collapsed and dissolved. The rebellious remnants of the Imperial army evolved to become part of the new Red Army. Here I put some photos of my composition soldiers representing the WW1 Imperial Russian Army : Russian infantry soldiers produced by Kienel (Germany), the Russian standard-bearer made by Manz (Germany), and also composition cossacks produced by different Belgian companies in 30s (e.g. GJ, Triumf). The tinplate cannon was made by Marklin (Germany).

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