Bladed weapons

Red Army cavalrymen and artillerymen were armed with dragoon or Cossack shashka swords of the 1881 Model. Besides these, Caucasian shashkas (with no hand-guard) and L'inzhals (daggers) richly decorated with silver were popular with Red commanders and Cossack units.

The M.1910 lance had been issued in 1911 to all

A typical Red Army cavalryman, 191'). I/is uniform consists of a fashionably tailored cotton summer gym-nasterka, with two breast pockets and horizontal cuff patches with buttons. He wears his cap high on the head and creased in the mode oj the day. .1 riding stick• is carried for this studio portrait, but they were seldom seen on active service. (Andrei Karachtchouk Collection)

A typical Red Army cavalryman, 191'). I/is uniform consists of a fashionably tailored cotton summer gym-nasterka, with two breast pockets and horizontal cuff patches with buttons. He wears his cap high on the head and creased in the mode oj the day. .1 riding stick• is carried for this studio portrait, but they were seldom seen on active service. (Andrei Karachtchouk Collection)

regular cavalry and Cossacks. T he lance was made of a hollow metal tube painted in Russian khaki green, and had a short canvas cover in the middle section for handling the weapon, a leather loop for carrying it across the back and a smaller loop for attaching to a boot on parades.

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