By David Nicolle
It's often assumed that the army reforms which propelled Russia into the fashionable international have been due completely to the genius of Peter the nice. actually, his reforms have been outfitted upon alterations that had taken position throughout the past 2 hundred years, because the construction in 1550 of RussiaГўв‚¬в„ўs first full-time army strength Гўв‚¬'' the streltsi Гўв‚¬'' through Ivan IV the negative. This account lines RussiaГўв‚¬в„ўs armies from that starting, throughout the construction of paid common regiments from1630, as much as the reign of Peter the nice. it really is illustrated with infrequent early drawings, pictures of surviving artifacts, and outstanding color reconstructions of unique army costumes.
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Uniform: See illustration. 1794 by Baron Louis de Roll, former officer in French Swiss Guards, to have two battalions often companies each including flank companies, with establishment of 1,698 men - recruits mainly from Switzerland, Alsace and Germany. Sent to Corsica, April-October 1796, thence to Elba. Two companies took part in raid on Tuscan coast, November 1796. When Elba evacuated, April 1797, de Roll's was transferred to Portugal; reduced to one battalion, November 1798. Moved to Minorca, September 1799; to Gibraltar, October 1800; joined Abercromby's army in Egypt where it distinguished itself in action during March 1801 at Alexandria.
Accoutrements were white. B2 Rifleman, York Rangers or Chasseurs (Ramsay's) The black cap was furnished with brown fur and a white metal star; the blue jacket had yellow collar, shoulder straps, cuffs and lapels, white metal buttons, and blue wings with white lace. The waistcoat was white or blue braided white; and the men wore blue pantaloons. Gunners wore the same as the infantrymen but with red collar and lapels. Officers' 43 metal and lace was silver. Drummers had reversed colours yellow jackets faced blue, piped white, with white turnbacks, two blue chevrons piped white on each lower sleeve; and a brown busby with a foxtail hanging at the left, but no plume.
Grey jacket with gold buttons, white sash, dark trousers and cloak. 1817 after eyewitness descriptions. (Print after Girodet) ABOVE The former naval lieutenant François Athanase Charette de la Contrie was living in the Marais area of the Vendee when a group of peasants sought his leadership. Charette initially fought in the Marais rather than joining the large chouan armies in 1793 but, because of his military skill and leadership qualities, he became the most powerful leader of the insurrection by the end of 1794.