Talk:Imperial Russian Army

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New section needed[edit]

I came to this article seeking to understand the purchase of commissions. I read in Tolstoy (Anna Karenina) that a regiment was an "expensive" one for the officer to be in. What does this mean? What's the economic history of the army, social history? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:54, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

The purchasing of commissions was a British practice (until the 1870s) and one that was never adopted in the Imperial Russian Army, even under Peter the Great. Tolstoy is referring to the ordinary expenses incurred by officers in different regiments. In (for example) a regiment of the Imperial Guard these would much higher than in an ordinary infantry regiment. Uniforms would be more costly and social expectations higher.Buistr (talk) 20:01, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Russian grenadiers and musketeers in 1762? Wrong[edit]

Those aren't Russian grenadiers - they're Prussian grenadiers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andreas.walsh (talkcontribs) 18:05, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

Yeah you're right. The link to the original uncropped image even explains the names of their regiments such as "Zöge von Manteuffel", "Kettenberg", "Prinz Wilhelm" etc etc.. Russian musketeers and grenadiers of the era had green and red mainly, some special units like St Petersburg grenadiers had blue and lighter green etc. but those don't look like anything near to Russian grenadiers/musketeers of 1762.--Ukas (talk) 05:06, 5 June 2014 (UTC)