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Holly:
Oops...You will have to forgive me, I hardly know anything about Alexei and I was just going by my book!  ;D I changed it!

etonexile:
Were all those chaps he is seen drilling in military precision and watching jump into the water truely his "friends"...or just a diversion?

aleksandra:
I know this is some ones work and Dont sue. :-[
Alexei
On the day he was born, he was named Ataman, or hetman, of all Cossack Troops (ataman is a title for a Cossack military chief ). In the tsarevich’s case it was  an honorary post which had been held by every Heir to the Throne since Nicholas I had created it for his eldest son Alexander (future Alexander II).  

On the same day (07-30-1904 Old Style) Nicholas II also named his son Chief  (colonel-in-chief) of the following regiments:  
- Atamansky (Cossack Cavalry) Guards Regiment of  His Imperial Highness the Heir Tsesarevich (by tradition, as Ataman of all Cossacks,  the Heir to the Throne was always named chief of this regiment which he only kept until he became emperor);
- Finlandsky (Infantry) Guards Regiment;
- 51st Litovsky Infantry Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (not to be mistaken for the Litovsky Guards Regiment);
- 12th Siberian Rifle Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich.

At the same time he was enrolled in all regiments of which his father, mother and grand-mother were Colonel-in-Chief at the time.
As he grew up, his father  the Emperor named him chief of more military units and establishments. The last official list, published by His Majesty’s Military Chancellery for 1917, names the following (listed by dates of regimental/school holiday). Sadly enough, that year, the February Revolution broke out and the Tsarevich was deprived of his title of Chief of regiments before any of them would celebrate their holiday. When I could find them, I added the dates (old style) on which he was named chief:  

- Konstantinovsky Artillery School;
- 1st Nerchinsky Trans-Baikal Cossack Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (during the War);
- 1st Trans-Baikal Cossack (Artillery) Battery of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (on 05-06-1910, his father’s birthday);
- 12th Siberian Rifle Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (07-30-1904);
- 1st Orenburgsky Cossack Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (during the War I think);
- 14th Gruzinsky Grenadier Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (somewhere between 1910-1914);  
- 89th Belomorsky Infantry Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (during the War);
- Horse-Grenadier Guards Regiment (06-13-1910);
- 5th Kievsky Grenadier Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (somewhere between 1910-1914);
- 43rd (later16th )  Tversky Dragoon Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (on his 3rd birthday: 07-30-1907);
- 1st Volgsky Terek Cossack Regiment of H.I. H. the Heir Tsesarevich (06-1916);
- 2nd Don Cossack Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (during the War I think);
- Tashkent Cadet Corps of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (on 10-05-1904, his namesday);
- 3rd Kuban Plastun (Cossack Infantry) Batalion of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (04-19-1915);
- Alexis Military School (02-02-1906) formerly known as the Moscow Military School;
- Naval (Cadet) Corps (Morskoi Korpus) of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (11-08-1914);
- Moskovsky (Infantry) Guards Regiment (on 11-08-1910, the regimental holiday);
- 206th Saliansky Infantry Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (also for his 3rd birthday);
- Novocherkassk Cossack Military School;
- Atamansky (Cossack Cavalry) Guards Regiment of  H. I. H. the Heir Tsesarevich (07-30-1904);
- 4th Guards Horse Artillery Battery of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich  (01-25-1906);  
- 51st Litovsky Infantry Regiment of H.I.H. the Heir Tsesarevich (07-30-1904);
- Finlandsky (Infantry) Guards Regiment (07-30-1904).

RissiaSunbeam1918:
I know he was partial to his tee-pee (sp?)
and toy soldiers. In fact, I read a story about how he would spend forever setting up his soldiers in streight and even lines, but Anastasia would knock them all down again. I'm sure that pleased him.  ::)

-Dana

ARfreak:
Was his favorite book really King Solomon's mines????

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