Annenkov Partisan Division
Partisan Division was very much a carry over in Annenkov's mind of the
partisan unit he had formed during WWI. Like many such individual units
been given permission for personalised touches. In particular he
adopted the death's head logo, like many "shock" units did at the time.
retained as the primary symbol of the Partisan Division throughout the
In practice cockades had to be made by people on the spot,
so those of the Partisan Division in the Civil War came in a multitude
of different forms. Some original
can be seen numbered 197, 198, 199 here
of the Partisan Division also wore a sleeve chevron of red and black on
their left sleeve, which also dated from the WWI unit. During the Civil
War a system was developed whereby units had piping on the
in their unit colour.
There is a record of Annenkov writing to
Omsk for permission to use both the death's head cockade and chevron in
mid-1919. It seems likely however that he adopted them long before
that, and was merely seeking to make it official at that time.
also asked permission to allow men to add a thin black chevron to their
right sleeve for every year in the division. If they had served in
first Civil War campaign, when freeing Omsk and area from the Soviets,
troops were granted a St George orange and black chevron below the
partisan one. Troops in the Life Ataman and Black Hussars (his
favourites) were also granted a silver chevron above the partisan one,
for reasons that are unclear.
The flags for the various
regiments are unknown, save for the Black Hussars. It appears that the
other units often used the same pattern but in their respective
colours, in keeping with the extremely systematic way the uniforms were
organised, and this is shown on the pages for the various units.
However this is at heart speculation. The reverse of the flag is not
of the Partisan Division
Annenkov received a fair amount of English and Japanese material. Some
was supplied as cloth, so could be sewn into Russian styles, but many
men wore normal English uniforms or Japanese overcoats.
Weapons were also supplied by the Allies, so Enfield and Arisaka rifles
were seen alongside Colt, Lewis, Chauchat and Vickers machine-guns.
Annenkov plainly loved
to dress up, and photos show him looking
immaculate. He is normally seen in the uniform of the Black Hussars,
but varieties based on the Life Ataman regiment are also seen.
Some schemes for the man himself can be seen at kolchakiya.narod.ru
dressing up appears to also have extended to his close staff. Photos
show Partisan Division officers uniforms that do not
directly to any unit and it may well be that they were never
to. We suspect it is fruitless to try and reconcile all the various
A famous photo
shows the Black Hussars with a St George flag behind them. It would
follow Tsarist practice if that was Annenkov's personal
commander of the Detached Semirechensk Army, from late 1919.
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