Don Border Regiments
Included for completeness really, some unusual Don troops.
and 2nd Border Regiment of the Don Host
The uniform is assumed to
be based on the old border regiments, as shown in Shenk and Knotel,
which had green facings. White Guard Almanack #8 shows the Don Border
Regiments retained this, at least for shoulderboards.
Tsarist border regiments had dress trousers of blue with a green stripe.
Shoulderboards were green with white or yellow numbers.
Buttons and officer lace were gold, so presumably officer's rank
in the RCW
The Imperial army had had both mounted and foot border regiments. We
have assumed the Don units were largely foot, because of the shortage
of horses at the time, and because they were merged into plastoon
units. They almost certainly had a mounted component too, since almost
all Don troops did.
The 4th Don Border Division was formed in August 1918 as part of the
Young Army. In it were the 1st to 4th Border Regiments.
Originally intended to guard the borders (presumably with the
Ukranians/Germans at this point) it was put into the front line in
By March it was the 4th Border Brigade, of two regiments. This was
placed into the 5th Don Division in May. It was disbanded in August
There was a Separate Border Battalion in Iudenich's North-Western Army.
There was a Separate Black Sea Border Detachment in the AFSR, which
seems to have been in Sochi facing the Georgians.
General Dietrikhs formed a Border Rifle unit in 1922 in the far east.
The current Russian Border Guard has this flag, which is the old Tsarist naval flag combined with the border green!
Quite a few Imperial border regiments had Nikolais (in all green) but we have no record of Don border regiments at the time.
If the Don border regiments followed Tsarist practice, their regimental HQ flag
would have been a green square with regiment number inside.
flags were presumably green over the usual squadron colours, with the
unit number in yellow.
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