You sometimes see Kubans, both in the Imperial period and nowadays, in
and red beshmets,
or in bright red cherkeskas
and white besmets.
These are the uniforms of the Tsar's Kuban Guardsmen, not really
Kuban uniforms at all.
(NB: the Russian word for military escort is конвой, which
transliterates to konvoy
very often improperly translated to "convoy" rather than "escort" as a
result. These flashily dressed gentlemen did not guard the baggage!)
It seems that
the blue uniform, which was the service dress rather than parade
uniform, was revived by the Kuban Host.
The troopers wore knotted lace on the shoulders, rather than
shoulderboards. The officers wore
full epaulettes in dress uniform and ordinary shoulderboards in service
uniform. They had originally had the Tsar's monogram, which they
removed after the February Revolution. The above versions are basically correct, but
since this is not a fighting uniform we have not checked all the
Papakha were red, with gold cross for troopers and silver eight line cross for officers.
in the RCW
The former Imperial guardsmen were among the first to rally to the White
cause, so former Kuban guardsmen of the Tsar were prominent in the
early Kuban and Volunteer Armies. They presumably did not fight in such
It seems that with the establishment of the Kuban Government after the
2nd Kuban Campaign that the former Tsarist uniforms were used to kit
out its guards. It is noted on the October order of battle as being the
Kuban Guard Cossack Divizion,
technically part of the 1st Kuban Cossack Division, but
actually in Ekaterinburg.
Some of these guards made it to the Crimea in 1920, but were then absorbed into other Kuban units.
Period photographs have been put on a separate page, since many are
quite large. Photos of Imperial era guards are very common.