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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:20 am 
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Were these chaps part of the Navy or the army? I was thinking Navy but I have been known to make mistakes. Does anyone have and idea what their uniforms were like?

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Navy AFAIK.

Like the Naval Infantry (and unlike Naval Rifles who were the sailors pulled off ships) they wore Army uniforms with Naval distinctions including telnyashka, belt and hat.

Happy to be corrected though.

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The coastal batteries at Sevastopol were manned by Navy gunners, so I guess that is a pretty big clue :D

The Red Fleet at the time was a (purely defensive) coastal force designed to operate with the support of coastal batteries, this is another reason why they would be navy.

I am guessing that you'd see them wear the normal navy rig.

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So basically an infantry uniform but with boards, stripy shirt and naval belt etc. Makes sense. One thing I was wondering about, naval field gear. Someone said that it was the same as the army stuff but black, how true is this? I mean take for example ammo pouches, are they the same just black? If so then surely an easy way to repro them would be just to polish them black?

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Here we go, a little more.... at Sevastopol of great fame were:

30th Naval Battery-Maxim Gorki I
35th Naval Battery-Maxim Gorki II

If you look here, you can see some memoirs of the battery crews (in Russian) but better than that, you can see a pic of them!

http://sevastopol.com/ww2/memoirs/memoi ... =rus&id=98

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PS interesting placement of the Guards badge on that Naval Officer's uniform....

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