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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #165 on: November 15, 2014, 09:14:21 AM »
This is mostly from the Book "The Russian Military Air Fleet in WW I Augie Blume
Order of battle KAOs  August 1914 North West Front
Russian 1st Army 2,3,4,10 KAO
Russian 2nd Army 1,13,15,21,23
In the battle of Tannenburg where the Russian 2nd army was defeated the 13 KAO lost most of its equipment in the retreat the other KAOs also lost some of their equipment. The Germans reported that the Russians rarely flew beyond the Russian front line and their commanders if they got a report from their airmen didn't believe them! I also heard from a friend that the Russian XV corps commander while he complained bitterly about german aircraft flying over his command in a post WW I interview didn't order the 15th KAO under his command to fly a single recon mission! The Russians did have a few aircraft lost or damaged during this battle:
26 August 15 KAO one aircraft shot down by it own sides ground fire the crew survivied but was taken prisoner when the XV corps was encircled and captured.
27 August 13 KAO one aircraft MIA
28 August 15 KAO one aircraft lost engine trouble
29 August 21 KAO one pilot wounded by ground fire plane damaged but the pilot was able to land the plane

I hope this is of some use or interest.

James, thanks so much for your post about the details of the Russian air force at the battle of Tannenburg. I always have to translate dates into old style dates, which would have been 13-16 August 1914.

I know you have told me already, but what would you estimate the time of departure of the Tsarevich Alexei Hospital train from the Tannenburg battle? 

I know the exact time the hospital arrived at Petrograd's military processing station on 17/30 August, but after processing I do know it was halted by the Empress at the Tsarskoe Selo train station late that same night. 


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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #166 on: November 25, 2014, 12:51:18 PM »
Father Nicholas I thought you might like this photo from the Russian publication on Grand Duchess Olga A. war relief work, if you haven't already seen it.

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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #167 on: November 25, 2014, 04:28:11 PM »
Father Nicholas I thought you might like this photo from the Russian publication on Grand Duchess Olga A. war relief work, if you haven't already seen it.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone as well.




That's lovely. Thank you very much!

Especially since it's from her august brother!

BTW: What is the name of the book?
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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #168 on: November 26, 2014, 03:09:12 AM »
Interesting that Nicholas wrote the postcard to Olga A in English.

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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #169 on: November 26, 2014, 09:00:57 AM »
Father Nicholas I thought you might like this photo from the Russian publication on Grand Duchess Olga A. war relief work, if you haven't already seen it.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone as well.




That's lovely. Thank you very much!

Especially since it's from her august brother!

BTW: What is the name of the book?

You are very welcome and here is the name of the book.





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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #170 on: November 26, 2014, 09:02:34 AM »
Interesting that Nicholas wrote the postcard to Olga A in English.

Ann

Thanks Ann, and just to say Janet Ashton made the same observation.
 

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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #171 on: November 26, 2014, 06:52:57 PM »
Thanks for sharing! Do you know where the book can be purchased?

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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #172 on: November 27, 2014, 03:48:42 PM »
Interesting that Nicholas wrote the postcard to Olga A in English.

Ann

Thanks Ann, and just to say Janet Ashton made the same observation.
 

Well, perhaps at that time a message sent in English would still be a bit more "private" than one in French or German, etc.
Less chance of intermediaries reading it en route.
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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #173 on: November 28, 2014, 02:12:54 AM »
Interesting thought.

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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #174 on: November 28, 2014, 09:27:49 AM »
Just a quick note to say that I emailed Paul Gilbert about the photo album and he sent me a link his posting in Sept. on Royal Russia (below) explaining that the book was part of an exhibition of "he Art of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna," took place on September 20th, at the Kaluga Museum of Fine Arts. The Kaluga show was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the First World War, was organized by Mrs. Olga Kulikovsky, the chairman of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Memorial Fund. Mrs. Kulikovsky is the widow of Tikhon Kulikovsky, the eldest son of Grand Duchess Olga. "

http://www.angelfire.com//the-art-of-grand-duchess-olga-a/

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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #175 on: November 28, 2014, 12:32:52 PM »
I just heard from a close friend that the link did not work. The one below works....sorry about that!


http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/blog/index.blog/1456815/the-art-of-grand-duchess-olga-alexandrovna-exhibition-opens-in-kaluga/




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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #176 on: November 28, 2014, 03:40:14 PM »
Father Nicholas I thought you might like this photo from the Russian publication on Grand Duchess Olga A. war relief work, if you haven't already seen it.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone as well.




That's lovely. Thank you very much!

Especially since it's from her august brother!

BTW: What is the name of the book?

And, of course, not everyone would be able to send a mass-produced postcard of his wife to his sister!
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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #177 on: November 28, 2014, 07:59:40 PM »
Thanks for the link!

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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #178 on: November 29, 2014, 02:41:37 AM »
Interesting that there is no address on the postcard. Was it posted in an envelope, or hand-delivered?

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Re: Empress Alexandra's War Relief Work July 1914 - February 1917
« Reply #179 on: December 01, 2014, 03:31:55 PM »
I would say it was probably stuck in a envelope or handed to a aide to deliver possibly both.


I have some more information you might find interesting:
On 10 September 1915 the Russian 5th army on the Northern front claimed it anti-aircraft fire downed a german aircraft bombing a hospital train at Ponomunok in the Dvina area. No reported German losses. I wonder if it was sponsored by the IF?