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Streltsij Uniforms 17th Century

Discussion in 'Imperial Russian Empire' started by Martin Rohmann, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    The "typical" uniform of the Streltsij was a red Kaften with tresses on the chest and yellow (!) leather boots.

    For this variant, I put together a small picture gallery for you.


    Belonged to the equipment
    - a modern musket
    - a bandolier with the "12 apostles"
    - a powder bottle with "ignition herb"
    - an axe called Berdysh, which was also a weapon, badge of the Strelitz and "fork" for the musket
    - a Russian saber after Ottoman model ("Karabela") or - at times also a western-looking
    sword. Both variants are possible.

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    Concerning the uniform I restrict myself to the red (and typical!) variant ...:

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    There were 14 regiments (in Russian "Polk"), which differed by the flag, the different colored caftans, caps and boots ...:

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    Note:
    Yellow, red and even green boots existed really!

    At the Streltsij also served pikemen who had the task of protecting the shooters. They wore armor and helmets inspired by Spanish ...:

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    But they wre no Steltsij in the true sense was not! "Strelets" means "shooter" in Russian.

    The Stektsij themselves occasionally wore helmets, which somehow remind me of modern "half-shells" of Harley drivers) - but that was rather rare ...:
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    Cheers
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  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Martin

    Excellent references

    Particularly useful with the recent releases fom our Russian model companies

    Thank you for taking the time

    Nap
    Martin Rohmann likes this.

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