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Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2023 3:52 p.m. PST

Just curious… given way things are going. But were units Moscovite or Ukrainian origin? I would guess the latter.

Cuprum230 Jan 2023 6:55 p.m. PST

In the Russian army, at least at that time, only irregular national units were formed (for example, from Caucasian tribes for the war in the Caucasus). Recruits entered the regular units on a general basis, the only condition was belonging to one of the Christian denominations. People with the skills and dispositions most suitable for this service were selected for the cavalry, regardless of place of birth or nationality. The names of the regiments after the names of cities or localities had nothing to do with where the people who served in these regiments were from. The names were usually given at the place of formation of the military unit, and at that moment it was indeed filled with natives of the place of formation, but then it was replenished with recruits without such reference. However, the natives of the steppe regions of Ukraine were considered more disposed to the cavalry service and they were willingly taken to the cavalry units. But in any.

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