The Don had
an engineer sotnia attached to most divisions, some foot and some
Sapper Sotnia of the 1st Don Horse Division
Engineers wore a uniform rather like the artillery, although
traditionally the trousers were black.
Knotel shows piped furazkhas
even in service dress and cuff and collar piping on officers, though this does seem rather unlikely.
Foot sappers carried rifles, and mounted ones sabres.
Markings were more or less like artillery, except the crossed tools
badge was used instead of crossed cannons. There were other badges for
some more specialised engineer troops – pontooniers, telegraph units,
The metal was gold for all markings.
Most sappers had brown markings on the khaki shoulderboards, but we
have assumed that the Cossack dark blue takes precedence, just as it
does for artillery.