Often overshadowed by the drama of its catastrophic collapse in the November 1917 Revolution, the Imperial Russian Army's record in 1914-16 included some notable victories. Its human qualities of patriotism and endurance were remarkable, and in 1916 the 'Brusilov Offensive' on the South-Western Front outdistanced anything that was being achieved in France. The variety and romance of its uniforms - infantry and cavalry, Guards and Line, Cossacks, armour and Air Service crewmen, even a priest - are splendidly captured here by Russia's leading military artist; and Nik Cornish's expert text is supported by tables of insignia and many rare photographs.
About the Author
NIK CORNISH was born in Cardiff in 1954, and currently lives and works in exile in the south of England. Formerly a teacher, he founded STAVKA Military Research, specialising in eastern European conflicts, at the end of the last century. This is his first book for the Osprey Military series.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the Russian Army and society · The 'Great Programme': military and industrial reforms in 1914 · The strategic situation · Organisation of the armed forces · Chronology of campaigns · Uniforms: Parade & service dress, Guards, line, Cossacks, specialist troops and services · Non-Russian formations · Russian elite units · Weapons · Tactics · Colour plates commentary