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griffh A new book has just come out:
Shooting the Front Eastern Operations Volume one With Out Flyers no Tannenberg by Terrance J Finnegan, Helmut Jager and Carl Bobrow which deals with air operations in the early months of the war on the Eastrn Front. This one deals mainly with the air ops during the Battles of Tannenberg and the Masurian  Lakes. There are 3 more volumes in the works. You mentioned AF hospital train being bombed in one of your earlier posts. Do you have any info when and where this happened? Do you have any other info on when and where any other hospital or sanitary trains came under air attack? If so I may be able to find out what unit did it.

I short time ago the Wall Street Journal said the war in the Ukraine is WW 2 1/2. They also pointed out Putin is a dictator on the march like Mussolini and Hitler in the 1930s and sadly the US and the rest of Europe acted like the appeasers of the 1930s. Putin who liked to strut around with out his shirt on  wants to reestablish the old Soviet Empire. Some should tell him Mussolini also like to strut around without his shirt on and tried to reestablish the Roman empire and things didn't work out so well for him.

If you want answers to questions on military matters go to the

questions on losses of equipment go to Attack on Europe

youtube for info on the Ukrainian war ect

Hover Institute

peter Zeihan

Bill Browder who has more info on Putin's money and corruption in Russia than anyone.

Binkov's Battlegrounds

I would say the Ukraine war is going badly for Putin. There were people who said he would capture Kiyv in 3 days and the rest of the world wouldn't do much as with his siezure of the Crimea. The Russian army proved it's self inept at all levels. Strategy,Tactics, logistics ect. This is the worst showing of Russian Army since the 1939-40 winter war. Putin has removed some Generals and purged the FSB (formerly the Cheka ect). No doubt Putin will send them on vacation in Siberia. The battle for the Donbass has begun. The more open terrain and the end of the spring thaw will be to the advantage to the Russians with their larger armored forces.

I hope this is of some use

VIPs and the very wealthy in Russia and elsewhere had their own rail cars for transportation purposes back then like the VIPs of today ect. have private planes. In Russia pre WW I and many years after if you wanted to travel any distance you pretty much had to travel by rail.

Grand Duke Nicholas N while has was commander of the Russian Army 1914-15 had his own train to travel around in.

I would say most of the private rail cars in Russia were destroyed after the revolution except for a few the high ranking Bolsheviks managed to get for there own use.

Imperial Transportation / Re: Some car by the mark DUX?
« on: July 21, 2021, 10:45:34 AM »
The book "Russian Motor vehicles: The Czarist Period 1784-1917 has Dux making  200 cars from 1904-06. google search Dux factory for more info on their production of bicycles,motorcycles, snow cars and railroad cars. In 1910 the factory went into aircraft production. also look up Russo-balt on google for another auto and airplane maker.

The K is for the general Kornilov Shock infantry Regiment later Division

The blue patch with the deaths head insignia is also for this unit

the white-blue-red chevron was used by the White Volunter Army later Armed Forces of South Russia 1918-1920.

mpb it looks like this site has been abandoned by everyone except me and i only look at it every 2 weeks or so. If you want more info you can go to either:

I have some info for you there is a book in the works: Shooting the Front the Eastern Front Book 1 Without Flyers No Tannenberg it deals with air operations on both sides in the early war period in East Prussia includes the battles of Tannenberg Masurian Lakes ect and early operations of the Ilya Muromets 4 engine aircraft. I got a copy of a early rough draft and it is piece of very impressive research. It is due out either later this year or early next year. There will be other books in this series dealing with later air operations in the east.

In the Imperial Russian History section I have a post leading to a site dealing with Imperial Russian army bios

How is your book Alexandra's wartime relief work doing? If you have any questions on air operations ect just ask me and i may find someone to answer them.

The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Franz Joseph
« on: December 05, 2020, 04:12:28 PM »
also on youtube Tomaufnaume 1903 Kaiser Franz Joseph I more on FJ speaking

The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Franz Joseph
« on: November 27, 2020, 05:52:12 PM »
I stumbled on to this on youtube Kaiser Franz Joesph I voice (recording 15 December 1915)

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« on: November 23, 2020, 05:02:16 PM »
I have seen pictures of the dead bodies before . I believe they were in the book "The Sokolov Investigation" which identifies who is who.

page 490 in this book there is a picture of DEMF's hospital train the picture was taken in St Petersberg in 1904 at Nikolkesty station

the site does have a little info on some of the officers involved in the plots to save the Romanovs

Prince Valdimir Strubetskoy was in the Life Guards Cuirssier regiment and was shot in 1937
Prince Alexander Strubetsky was in  life guards Horse Grenadier regiment die in France 1968
Prince Sergy Strubetsky was Colonel of the Sumy Hussars
General (Alexander I) if that's him  Dutov 1921 assassinated by the Reds
General maxim Leontiev dies Tahiti 1948
Cpt Dimtri malinovsky dies in the us 1972

Coronet Sergey Markov (cornet= Cavalry 2 Lt)

Perhaps some one else can look at this site and find more info of the officers involved.

Imperial Russian History / Re: RIA officers
« on: November 02, 2020, 05:17:33 PM »
In looking through this site there is a section military medical institutions which has sections on hospital trains of both the Russo-Japanese war and WW I.

It has a picture of the DEMF hospital train that I have seen before the caption has it taken in 1904 St Petersburg at the Nikolkesky station. It also has brief bios of officers who served on these trains. I would say this site is still a work in progress it has many gaps.
 The book The File on the Tsar mentions more than a few officers but I could find to many of them here. They do have General Domontovich who was "involved in corruption on a vast scale." he dies of typhus in late 1919

some of the officers in the book The Race to save the Romanovs are mentioned I will post the info on them on the book section review.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« on: November 02, 2020, 05:06:20 PM »
Very interesting I hope to read it one day if it comes out in English.

The Russian Revolution / Re: Dyatlov Pass Incident
« on: October 19, 2020, 07:23:46 PM »
recently I saw a Discovery Channel program Expedition Unknown with Josh gates of Dyatlov Pass which was rather interesting. It included a number of film clips of Ehaterinburg also note there is a site on this subject

drachinifel has 2 more presentations on IRN ships:
Repair Ship Kamchatka a real ship of fools of the 2nd Pacific Squadron
Battleship Imperator Nikolai I which was not completed do to the revolution

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