A small unit recruited from Kuban Cossacks, and dressed in their
style, but which did not fight as part of the Kuban Host. Instead it
was the integral cavalry of the Officers of General Markov
Regiment / Brigade / Division.
It is extremely difficult to find information on this unit, so the
following should be treated with caution. However if you want
the integral cavalry of the Markov Division, then this is what you
the Officers of General Markov Division
The basic uniform was a standard Kuban outfit.
Trooper and Esau (Captain)
men and officers
was, ideally, black with a black top and white
cords for officers, which is the reverse of the infantry
version. Other colour papakhas
were apparently worn, and
specifically white with a white top and black cords.
The shoulderboards were presumably black with white trim, and a white
curlicue M, in line with the other attached units to the division.
in the RCW
The unit operated throughout its history as an adjunct to the famous
infantry of the same name.
It started in May 1918 as a sotnia (squadron) separated out of the
Independent Horse Brigade of Kuban Cossacks, and was initially titled
the Independent Horse Sotnia of the 1st
Infantry Brigade. In August 1918 it numbered some 100 sabres and one
The Officers Regiment of this Brigade gradually became
increasingly associated with General Markov, who had died commanding
them. In mid-1919 this
became official, and the "General Markov" title was added to both the
infantry and attached cavalry. About this time
the cavalry unit became a divizion
presumably of two sotnias.
In October 1919 they numbered 150 sabres and
in December, 200
men reforming, plus 50 to 60 in the operational sotnia. In February
1920, about 200 sabres.
The unit was reformed in the Crimea along with the rest of the
division, incorporating many men from the Black Sea Horse, in mid-1920,
and took part in the Northern Tauridia fighting.
In October 1920 it counted 175 sabres.
was another cavalry
unit associated with the Markov Division. Details on this are even more
sketchy, but it seems to have been a very small scout squadron, dressed
in normal Russian gymnastërkas.
No idea. This looks the part:
Markov and the Markovtsy
a book of articles about the Markovtsy published by
> Markov Horse