It can be hard to tell infantry and cavalry apart if the
shoulderboards are not clear, although generally plastoons did not
carry long sabres.
White Cossacks, presumably Kuban, dancing
train. Note the revolver on the closest man. The further dancer
is an unusually elaborate uniform, perhaps even a guards one.
Men of the 5th Kuban Plastoon Battalion. A faint 5 can be seen on the centre man's right shoulder.
A sergeant-major of the 5th Kuban Plastoon Battalion.
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will see the full variety of shoulderboards of Kuban plastoons. There
are sewn in shoulderboards in khaki; separate ones with a stencilled
monogram; the full official version for the 6th Kuban Plastoons with
Tsar Nicholas's monogram in metal; and (for the child at the front) the
vivid yellow on red of dress boards. The trousers mix khaki and dark,
and the coloured stripe can be seen on a couple of the dark ones. Also
visible is the different blouse styles and, of course, one man in
The 6th Kuban Plastoon Battalion in WWI in traditional dress. Of note is the flag. And the priest.
A man of the 6th Kuban Plastoon Battalion. His monogram in metal and volunteer lace can be clearly seen.
The 6th Kuban Plastoon Battalion on their way to the front in WWI.
Kuban Plastoons with field equipment. The man on the right has a very
clear 8 on his khaki shoulderboards. The carrying of cartridge clips
like this, half in-half out, was a popular affectation.
Kuban NCOs. Note the nagaika
whip to the left, and the bashlyk of the man at the back. The curved
moustache style seems to have been very popular in the Kuban at this
The monogram for the Black Sea Regiment, prior to WWI, can be clearly
seen. The high conical hat was not much worn in the Kuban by 1914.
A period colourised photo of the Tsar's guard. Photos of guards are very common, but colour is quite unusual.
|Officers in the AFSR. It was not at all unusual for senior officers to
dress in Kuban style during the Civil War, even if they were not
Cossacks. Normally when they did so they wore a very dressy version of
A WWI field variant halfway between cherkeska and military greatcoat (a Becherovka?).
Shkuro, with AFSR chevron, and aide.
Shkuro's sotnia. For once it actually looks like they have wolf-fur papakhas
. None have a white stripe however. (Photoalbum
with two representatives of the Allies and his personal adjutant,
surrounded by his personal escort. Note the hats appear to be black not
wolf-skin and only two have the white stripe. These men have
piping on their shirt pockets, but this would not be
visible in action when the cherkeska
Shkuro's partisans in 1916, showing the flag at that time.
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