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Örjan Martinsson

Russian Uniforms in the Battle of Lesnaya

An impression of how the Russian army looked like in the battle of Lesnaya is shown on this page. The uncertainties are however many because the pieces of information about Russian uniforms are few and fragmentary. The uniform colours also changed frequently when regiments were issued new uniforms, which happened within regular intervals. All uniforms shown on this page are therefore more or less specualtive. But the known uniform information is listed on special pages which you can access by clicking on the images.

The Russian force at Lesnaya consisted of ten battalions from Russian elite infantry regiments as well as ten dragoon regiments. This was a mobile army totalling 13 000 men in which both the infantry and artillery were on horseback. Later an additional 5 000 dragoons commanded by major general Bauer arrived as reinforcements in the middle of the battle. These figures come from Einar Lyth's and Pavel Konovalchuk's book "Vägen till Poltava" from 2009. According to them the Russian army was much larger than previously thought because the Russians underreported their own strength for propaganda reasons so that they and the Swedish army would appear to be of equal strength.

Tsar Peter I's Division
 


Artillery Regiment
Eight 2-pounder Cannons
(horse artillery)

 
Preobrazhenski
(3 battalions)

Semeonovski
(3 battalions)

Astrakhanski
(2 battalions)
 

Troitski
Dragoon Regiment

Tverski
Dragoon Regiment

Nizhegorodski
Dragoon Regiment

Prince Menshikov's Division
 

Ingermanlandski
(3 battalions)

Vladimirski
Dragoon Regiment

Sibirski
Dragoon Regiment

Smolenski
Dragoon Regiment

Nevski
Dragoon Regiment

Rostovski
Dragoon Regiment

Vyatski
Dragoon Regiment
 

Major General Bauer's Division
(Reinforcements arriving during the battle)
 

Koporski
Dragoon Regiment

Yamburgski Dragoon Regiment

Permski
Dragoon Regiment

Kargopolski Dragoon Regiment

Kievski
Dragoon Regiment

Narvski
Dragoon Regiment

Ustyuzhski Dragoon Regiment

Novgorodski
Dragoon Regiment

Read also about Swedish uniforms in the battle of Lesnaya or Russian uniforms in the battle of Poltava.