The vast majority of the Amur Host were cavalry, as they were
positioned to guard the long border with China.
|Officer, full dress
in British field uniform
The main colour of the Amur Host was yellow, but in order to
distinguish it from others of that colour it had a second colour of
The shoulderboards were green piped in yellow, with red markings. Khaki
ones had the
cipher in dark blue. Officer buttons and lace were silver,
markings and cipher in gold.
The cipher was a number plus an "A" when required, such as on the khaki
side of the shoulderboards.
Amur Cossacks wore fur hats of the same types as other
but there was a particular style associated with them. Seen above on
the far left, it had a crown raised considerably above a broad fur rim.
Officers would have a cross in white/silver.
The WWI battle flags were yellow with a diagonal green cross, and the
The sotnias would have been marked by banners of green with a yellow
band on top, with sotnia colours underneath:
The few Amur Cossack plastoons would have dressed more or less the
same, but with gold for all metal, and black crosses on the
Artillery probably dressed in a uniform based
on Tsarist artillery uniforms
WWI Amur Cossacks
Note the shaggy ponies. These were much more suited to local conditions
than pure bred western horse breeds.