Uniforms of officers of the Russian fleet during the Russo-Japanese War

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Uniforms of officers of the Russian fleet during the Russo-Japanese War

A turning point in the appearance of the uniform of Russian naval officers occurred in 1855, when the tailcoat uniform was replaced by a uniform in the form of a caftan. The change of era and the emergence of new types of ships had a significant impact on naval uniforms.

Naval officers were divided into two categories: combat officers and specialist officers. The combat officer was distinguished by the presence of command powers that specialists did not possess. In navy there were several corps, which included naval officers depending on their narrow specialization. In essence, the navy was a more rigid corporation than the ground forces. If in the infantry or artillery a person could make his way from the ranks to the highest command positions without possessing nobility, then in the navy this was almost impossible.

The uniform of Russian naval officers, according to the rules of 1904, was divided into ceremonial, combat ceremonial, coastal marching, ordinary, landing and service. The dress uniform, among other things, included a uniform, awards with ribbons and the absence of a revolver. This type of uniform was worn by officers for important events: presentation to superiors, promotion to the next rank, highest reviews and others. In full dress uniform, a tunic was also allowed, but in this case the hat was replaced by a cap, which had to be covered with a white cover in the summer. The difference between the combat dress uniform was the replacement of the hat with a cap. At the same time, the trousers were tucked into high boots. All other attributes of the dress uniform, including awards with ribbons, remained. Carrying a revolver was also allowed.



The usual uniform required a frock coat, while in the navy, civilian-cut frock coats were allowed. A cap was put on the head, and wide trousers over short boots were put on the legs. A tie was worn around his neck. On shore, naval officers tucked their trousers into their boots. The landing uniform differed from the coastal uniform in that instead of an expensive uniform, an ordinary frock coat was worn.

Cold weapon, which was part of the naval uniform, was represented by a naval saber or dirk.

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  1. -2
    January 24 2024
    Quote: If in the infantry or artillery a person could make his way from the ranks to senior command positions without possessing nobility, then in the navy this was practically impossible." It is doubly regrettable that assault and beating of the face were practiced in the navy; in the field units the officer risked for such get shot in the back in the first battle.
    1. +2
      January 25 2024
      During the period described, assault by officers was prohibited, but sometimes in rare cases it occurred. But usually the officers themselves got rid of such officers by transferring them to another duty station. But there were courts of officer honor, and then the officer was dismissed from the fleet without the right to reinstatement.
  2. +4
    January 24 2024
    If in the infantry or artillery a person could make his way from the ranks to the highest command positions without possessing nobility, then in the navy this was almost impossible.

    Stepan Osipovich Makarov.
    Quite possibly Rozhdestvensky. (they still argue whether his father was a regimental doctor or a priest)
    Alexander Dmitrievich Sapsay - generally one of the Jewish cantonists (to be precise, a Karaite)
    The fact is that when Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich was the chief of the fleet, non-nobles could also be accepted into the Naval Corps.
  3. 0
    January 24 2024
    Strange stuff.. I would check the author... to see if he is working for the enemy.
    1. 0
      January 25 2024
      Quote: Zheleznyak
      is he working for the enemy?

      To the Bolsheviks?
      1. 0
        January 29 2024
        Quote: Zheleznyak
        is he working for the enemy?

        To the Bolsheviks?
        Yes Yes! Sailor Zheleznyak was a convinced anarchist! wink... laughing laughing

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