The Urals army was never very strong in infantry. Only about a quarter
of the front-line men were infantry, and most units were not high
NB: many of the White
Siberian infantry units were titled "Urals", from regiments up to
corps. In those cases it is a reference to the mountain region, and not
Cossack Host. This page refers only to infantry fighting with the Urals
Cossack Host along the lower Urals River.
Nikolaev Rifle Regiment
The dress of this unit is speculative, based largely on known WWI and
As the colour of Rifles units was "raspberry", (often translated as
"crimson" in texts) this regiment had the same facing colour as the Urals
Host it served with. The shade in question was a more a dark pink than
a red. Old materials suggest it often faded to a paler version.
As with most Urals Host units, this unit probably did not dress very
trooper field version
Dress shoulderboards were raspberry. Buttons and officer lace were
gold. Officer's monogram and rank markings were in gold, and for
troopers in yellow.
Field shoulderboards had the number stencilled or inked in raspberry.
Imperial practice was for straight numbers as a cipher for line Rifle
The dress furazhka
peaked cap was Tsar's green with raspberry piping for officers and
khaki with raspberry piping for men. Field ones were plain. It is
likely that papakha
were worn much of the time.
in the RCW
The 33rd Nikolaev Regiment seems to have begun as a unit recruited as
part of the KOMUCH
People's Army, but it was associated with the Urals Host for the entire
war. It likely started out with a variety of ex-Imperial officers and
volunteers from the Nikolaev area. It would seem likely that it was
filled during the war by stragglers from various other armies and
In late 1918 it had 3 battalions, for a total of just
over 900 bayonets and 11 MGs. It is recorded in mid-1919 as only having
one battalion, with 9 officers, 630 bayonets and 12 MGs.
The official WWI HQ flag for Rifle units was raspberry with an orange
diamond and the unit's number in black.
infantry units in the Urals Host were more ephemeral than the 33rd,
coming and going quite rapidly, although some units may have been
Many foot units were partisan in origin, so
presumably were not particularly uniform. Markings appear to have been
simple white bands, or bows.
Others were designated "foot"
regiments with territorial titles. They may have been Cossacks without
horses, so would presumably have the same basic raspberry facing
colours as the rest of the Host.
There are very few photos from the Urals of this period.
> Urals Infantry