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Offline Sestroretsk

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Arm Patches
« on: May 17, 2005, 04:08:24 PM »
I was reading up on WWI uniforms and noticed near the end of the war, there seemed to be a proliferation of Shock Battalions and Death Battalions.  The Kornilov chaps wore a fairly large blue shield on their left arm with the white crossed swords, skull and red bomb.  Can anyone tell me what the word across the top of that patch says?

As well I got to thinking about how they were made, I assume oil paint like enlisted shoulder boards? Or were they embroidered?

Any help and clarification would be appreciated.

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Re: Arm Patches
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2005, 09:53:28 AM »
If I'm not mistaken it said "Kornilovci", that is a unit named for Kornilov. :)

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Re: Arm Patches
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2005, 01:55:28 PM »
Thanks Vladik, that makes sense!  ;)

Do you happen to know if they were embroidered or used the paint?  I know that later soviet patches use/used that raised plastic/rubber material, but was unsure if they had this back then.

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Re: Arm Patches
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2005, 08:45:38 AM »
They were embroidered.

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Re: Arm Patches
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2005, 02:17:57 PM »
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They were embroidered.

Arm patches were also painted( Ex:Skorovs Wolf Battalions and Krasnovs cavalry patches were painted on leather), Kornilovs Shock battalion patch was printed on Hospital bandage linen, Southern Army sleeve chevrons were made from silk or cotton material sewn together. The Northern Army had a few embroidered examples of sleeve patches.