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Found this photo of a Czarist? Soldier with a Colt 1911 carried "Mexican" style thought it was interesting wanted to share it. Can't tell if they are Bolsheviks or "White Russians". I think Czarists as they are not wearing the pointed Red Army caps.
 

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I was visiting a great uncle in the 1
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Found this photo of a Czarist? Soldier with a Colt 1911 carried "Mexican" style thought it was interesting wanted to share it. Can't tell if they are Bolsheviks or "White Russians". I think Czarists as they are not wearing the pointed Red Army caps.
I was visiting a old great uncle in the 1950`s. There was a picture of a Russian solider in a uniform just like those hanging on the wall. Asked him about it and he said it was him! He and my grandmother came to this country in 1912 when he got out. He wasn't Russian but was German living in the now Ukraine. My grandfather also was German from the same area. Heard story's of how rough they had it.
 

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Wow interesting do you have that picture? Bolshevik revolution is one helluva thing about 2008 I stated researching it in depth got a lot of old books published in Poland etc in the 20's and 30's. Books on the Cheka- etc. Astounding story something like the Mexican revolution. Still has a effect on the world today. The revolution started in 1917 so your uncle may have been in the Czars army prior to that.

The trooper in the photo also has a holster- and a lanyard on the Colt, he must have been proud of it and dang sure it was the ultimate side arm for the times.
 

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My maternal grandfather was impressed into the Czarist Army. The story I always heard was he was bullied by a Russian soldier and my grandfather waited outside a tavern for the guy. When the soldier came out of the tavern (probably drunk or at least impaired), my grandfather crushed his head with a large stone. He didn't hang around long enough to determine whether the soldier was deal or alive...he went from around Moscow by any way he could back to what is now Poland and borrowed money from my grandmother's parents (they weren't married yet) and didn't stop until he made it to America. Then he worked and saved until he made enough to send for my grandmother to come over and they got married. This was in the years running up to WWI.
 

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Thanks for sharing- I wish in my youth I had been smarter and talked to some people that were involved in the Russian Revolution- easily could have done that.
 

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Both my paternal grand parents were Germans living around Rozyszcze Volhynia Russia. Grandpa was born 1875, grandma 1888. Their ancestors settled there about 1822 when Katheryn the Great who was German that was married to the Czar of Russia advised her husband to have German farmers homestead the area of the NW corner of the now Ukraine with incentives. I was told several of my ancestors were personal guards to the Czar. That may have been because they were Schwaben, a very tall race of Germans. My dad and a brother were 6 ft 5"s. My great grandpa migrated here with about 30 family members in 1871 but he lost his first wife and a daughter and returned to Russia and remarried. After he died grandpa and his wife and extended family came over about 1898. He lost his first wife and married my grandmother that just arrived who was a widow with a infant son. Grandpa was a widower with six kids, adopted the son and dad was the first of ten more! Thats seventeen the old man raised! He was a glutton for punishment! There is a group called "Germans from Russia" that explains it better.
 

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I was told some hairy family stories of life there in the 1880`s/1890`s. Grandma said the equivalent of a game warden was arresting men in her village for poaching. He had a long beard and they split a stump open,shoved his beard in it, let it spring back and left him for the wolves!
My grandpa told of going home late from doing farm work, a guard was at a railroad crossing as the czar of russia was riding a train due to coming through. He ran past the guard to get home, the guard ran after him. He ran in a barn and covered up with hay. The guard was stabbing the hay with his bayonet around him looking for him! The train blew its whistle and the guard had to run back to his post.
Grandma told of living in a sod dugout. Her parents were working in the woods as they made charcoal. Her and her siblings were left on their own and said some wolves tried to get to them through the smoke hole!
Also told of her and her first husband racing across a frozen lake in a slay with a pack of wolves chasing them and he was shooting them while she was driving. Must have been around 1906 as her husband later died and she migrated here about 1912. Was introduced to my grandad who also was from the same area and recently widowed and had six kids. She was a lot younger, had one young son, they married immediately and my dad was the first of ten more! My grandpa was born 1876, came over about 1899, her 1912. My great grandfather came over about 1872 with his family but lost his first wife and a daughter, went back to the now Ukraine, remarried and as all the kids grew up they came back over.
I was told my great, great grandfather and another brother were guards to the Czars family.
 

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"Grandma told of living in a sod dugout. Her parents were working in the woods as they made charcoal. Her and her siblings were left on their own and said some wolves tried to get to them through the smoke hole!
Also told of her and her first husband racing across a frozen lake in a slay with a pack of wolves chasing them and he was shooting them while she was driving "


"The Kirov wolf attacks were a series of man-eating wolf attacks on humans which occurred in 1944–1954 in nine raions (districts) of the 120,800 km2 Kirov Oblast of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic[1] which resulted in the deaths of 22 children and teenagers between the ages of 3 and 17.[2] In all cases, the attacks occurred in the April to December period, coinciding with the wolf's cubbing season.[3] "

The wolf packs in Russia were and are- no joke, many stories about them hunting down and eating people. Prior to the Bolsheviks the people under the Czar could own weapons, needed them for wolves etc. and the country was fairly prosperous. The Bolsheviks sold the useful idiots a line of bullchit and used them to destroy the country.


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The Czar was bad but no where near as bad as what was to come after 1917.

Great stories Merril- thank you
 

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When a boy I loved to listen to old relatives and others. I doubt my sister and cousins know jack about our relatives. I also got into genealogy heavy and you run across a lot of info from 4th cousins etc that also were interested. We all have history, just have to look for it and it kind of snowballs. Thanks,
 
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