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Having Fun! / Bezkozirka like Aleksey's
« on: July 05, 2007, 03:38:21 PM »
Dear everyone at the Alexander Palace ;

I am Maj. Jesse Carnes.   I have been lurking around here for the past 2 years, whilst
doing research on NAOTMAA.

I have a QUESTION:   CAN anyone tell me WHERE I could purchase a BEZKOZIRKA
similar to Aleksey's?    I am more interested in a Winter version. 
I know that there are companies which make Reproductions of World War II
American uniforms, and I was hoping to find a Bezkozirka similar to Aleksey's.
SEE the URL:   he is wearing his winter bezkozirka  [ cap] in this foto.


Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Alexei Legends or Facts?
« on: March 03, 2006, 07:41:54 AM »
This may be the incorrect place to put this post--I am simply not sure.   This is allegedly a true account concerning Alexei (in the summer of 1914), JUST after the War started.   I am trying to find out if it is only legend or FACT.   ( I did search for a thread site for Alexei legends, but did not find one)  Well . . . here goes :


When World War 1 broke out in the summer of 1914, between Russia and Germany, the Royal Family was not at Tsarskoe-Selo but rather, at sea. On one occasion, as they were returning to port, Nicholas and the Captain went ashore to discuss tactics with some generals. The ship—the Standardt—was to remain circling around the fjords [of Finland?].

It was raining, so visibility was low. With the Standardt’s Captain and the Tsar absent, Alexei—the 9 year-old heir apparent—was technically in command. While Alexei was playing with a friend in his state room, he was suddenly summoned to command the bridge.

Upon arrival, the Tsarevich was informed that an unidentified ship was approaching. Knowing well that the War had just started and that they could be in danger, he made his decision with all deliberate speed. He had the crew plot an intercept course and load and position all weapons.

Once they were in weapons range, without hesitation, he ordered them to fire. It was a direct hit on the aft section of the other vessel. At this, the other ship came about and was preparing to return fire upon the Standardt. Knowing this, Alexei ordered evasive manoeuvres.

The unidentified ship returned fire, but missed. Then as it closed on them, one of the Standardt’s crewman was able to see the incoming vessel clearly with some binoculars. He recognized it as being the Polar Star [the Tsar’s other private ship]. Then, Alexei ordered the Standardt’s engine telegraph to All-stop and he had the crew run up the white flag.

The Polar Star (His grandmothers ship), slowed it's approach. Alexei finally ordered the Standardt to go alongside of the Polar Star to bring survivors aboard.  Alexei was not punished for what he did. Dispite the ending result, he did do the right thing. An unidentified ship was approaching them during a time of war. He had no way of knowing that it was his grandmothers ship, since visual identification was difficult and the Standardt’s radio was temporarily out.  This incident was not widely known.

Having Fun! / Anastasia's poetry or prose translated?
« on: February 01, 2006, 01:22:18 PM »
I might have overlooked a thread about Anastasia's prose or poetry, but has anyone ever translated Anya's poetry or prose?  i have a piece of her art & poetry and would like to know what it says.   Yes, I could try to translate the cursive Cyrillic but would still lose the oft humourous connotations for which her mind was legendary.

---Major Jesse Carnes

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