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Russian Uniform Identification and Age?

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    Please help me identify this Russian military uniform. The person in the picture is of a family member but I have no other details. The first letter on the shoulder boards is visible and appears to be a Russian B. There are 3 stripes above. Any facts will be appreciated. I would like to know the branch of service, rank, approximate time in history, and any other interesting facts. Thank you.

    Nick
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    That is the tunic for enlisted and NCO's personel. Rank senior unteroficer, most probably artillery. The tunic itself in black color, piping must be red, first letter B- most probably Batareinaya rota.
    Due of highest quality of the pictures- you can make a nice scans in the big resolution, that would be great to see the close up of buttons, buckle and shoulder strap
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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    Thank you so much for your quick and very informative reply, Dimas!

    I do not have the original photo with me at this moment but I will be happy to rescan the details and post them for you tomorrow.

    Nick

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    Thank you so much for your quick and very informative reply, Dimas!

    I do not have the original photo with me at this moment but I will be happy to rescan the details and post them for you tomorrow.

    Nick
    Hello, Dimas.

    As promised, here are more detailed scans. I am told this is my Grandfather's brother, so I'm guessing the photo is from around 1910, unless you think otherwise? Thank you.

    Nick
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    Looks like the second is D, and probably the straps with blue piping- probably cavalry...
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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    Thank you, Dimas. I can see the D now that you pointed it out.

    Nick

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    This guy is for sure not a cavalryman - he wears a standard M1907 parade tunic for non-cavalry troops. Judging by details of his uniform we can exclude ALL Guards units, all Line Infantry and Rifles, all Artillery, and Engineers. It's a kind of auxiliary unit, and it will take some time to "translate" his shoulder-board.

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    This guy is for sure not a cavalryman - he wears a standard M1907 parade tunic for non-cavalry troops. Judging by details of his uniform we can exclude ALL Guards units, all Line Infantry and Rifles, all Artillery, and Engineers. It's a kind of auxiliary unit, and it will take some time to "translate" his shoulder-board.
    Thank you for providing a solid chronological date for the tunic, Aceton, and for narrowing down the possibilities! I am anxiously waiting any more details that you, or anyone else can come up with.

    Nick

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    Sorry, Nick, to finish the time frame, I have forget to tell that the photo is taken MORE LIKELY before 1913, because new model of tunics was introduced in this year. But I have no information what percentage of troops started to wear new uniforms instead of M1907 before the war started.

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    Ohhh... shame on me... Forget to note that the font used on the shoulder-board allow us to say for sure that the photo was made after May, 1911, because the new Military Department Order #228 was officially declared on this day, changing the system of inscriptions on Russian shoulderboards, and what is very important for us - changing the font of letters and digits.
    So, we have a very short period when this photo was taken: summer 1911 - 1913.

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