In the first year of the Revolution, 1917, there was no such thing as a uniform for Red forces. Red Guardsmen were dressed in all types of clothing mil itary and civilian, whatever was available. Members i Red Guards detachments workers, soldiers and pea ants - wore little more than a red ribbon or ribboi bow on their hats or clothing, and/or a red armband i the mark of their allegiance. Before long, red eld armbands inscribed with the words Krasnaya Gvardn (Red Guard) appeared. This title, often with tl detachment name, was usually printed in black.
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