THE WORLD OF MILITARY UNIFORMS
1660-1914
THE LIFE-GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT
PAVLOVSKI 1796-1895
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The Pavlovski regiment was raised in 1790 by Tsar Paul I. Until 1796 they wore the unique (and quite modern, for the era) Potemkin uniform. From 1796 They took part in most of the French revolutionary war campaigns. They fought at Austerlitz in 1805. Following that, the Mitre caps of the grenadiers were abolished and replaced by kivers (shakos). The Pavlovski, did not receive them and were still wearing the mitre at the battle of Friedland in 1807. For their distinguished conduct during the battle, Tsar Alexander ordered that the regiment retain the cap “In the state in which they left the battlefield as visible marks of it’s bravery and Our Grace”. In 1812, for its continuing conduct the regiment was renamed Life-Guard Pavlovski Regiment of the New Guard and in 1831 it was incorporated into the Old Guard. The regiment fought in most of the wars of the Russian Empire. Turkey (1828-29, 1877-78), the suppression of the Polish Uprising in 1830-31 and the numerous campaigns in central Asia (1880-1900). Their Barracks in St. Petersburg were specially built for them on the Field of Mars in 1821 and remain standing to this day. Along with the rest of the Imperial Guard, they were disbanded in 1918
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