Russian Infantry, 1860s.
Russian soldier with French Army CAPITAINE GÉRARD 1914 folding bike
RUSSIAN IMPERIAL GUARD PAVLOVSKY REGIMENT SHAKO.
Рядовой 204-го пехотного Ардагано-Михайловского полка Русской императорской армии. Начало ХХ века, Батуми.
204th Ardagano-Mikhajlovski Infantry Regiment, Imperial Russian Army.Private soldier, the beginning of XX century, Batumi
Badge of Ardagano-Mikhajlovski 204-th Regiment
Старший унтер-офицер полка,первая мировая война.
Senior non-commissioned officer, WWI.
Private of His Imperial Highness the Heir’s Cuirassier Regiment, 1830s, Russia, plates by Jean Victor Adam
Russian palace grenadiers, 1982
Russian Expeditionary Force, France. 1916.
Hussar life guards of the Grodno hussar regiment of the Russian Imperial army dress uniform. The beginning of the twentieth century.
Tatiana Markina – Infantry captain
Tatiana Markina served in the Russian infantry disguised as a man during the 18th century.
She was a Don Cossack and lived during the reign of Empress Catherine the Great. At the age of 20, she disguised herself as a man with the surname “Krutochkin” and joined an infantry regiment in Novocherkassk. Since she left no writings, her motivations are unknown. Tatiana was described as “strong-willed, energetic and militant” and was ultimately promoted to the rank of captain.
Her true identity was apparently discovered and someone made a complaint. Tatiana appealed to the empress who ordered physicians to examine her. They found out that she was a woman, which led her to be discharged. Tatiana was nonetheless given a pension and returned to her village.
A woman named Aleksandra Tikhomirova also reportedly served for 15 years in the Russian cavalry in the late 18th and 19th century. She apparently took the place of her brother, whom she greatly resembled. Though she had gained command of her company, she was killed in 1807. Her identity was thus discovered.
Pennington Reina, “Markina Tati’ana”, in:Hingham Robin, Pennington Reina (ed.), Amazons to fighter pilots, biographical dictionary of military women, vol.1