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Old 04-25-2004, 06:03 PM   #11
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Servicemen of the Soviet Army and Naval Troops

Field Dress Issue
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From left to right:

Lieutenant General
Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant
Praporshchik (Warrant Officer)
Senior Sergeant
Private
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Sergeant Majors, Sergeants and Conscript Sailors of the Soviet Navy

Naval Dress Issue
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Chief Ship's Petty Officer
Senior Sergeant of Aviation
Sergeant
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Senior Sailor of Aviation
Sailor
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Naval Officer Cadets

Naval Dress Issue
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From left to right:

Kursant (Officer Cadet) Chief Ship's Petty Officer
Kursant (Officer Cadet) Chief Petty Officer
Kursant (Officer Cadet) Sergeant
Kursant (Officer Cadet) Petty Officer 2nd Class
Kursant (Officer Cadet) Senior Sailor
Kursant (Officer Cadet)
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Sergeants and Conscript Sailors of the Soviet Navy

Army Dress Issue
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Master Sergeant (Sergeant-Major)
Senior Sergeant
Sergeant
Junior Sergeant
Lance Corporal (1st Class Pvt)
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Suvorov Cadets, Students of Military Music Schools and Students of Special Boarding Schools

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Suvorov Cadets
Military Music School Students
Student of Boarding Schools (with initial flight training)
Suvorov Cadets (for Summer jackets)
Military Music School Students (for Summer jackets)
Students of Boarding Schools (for Summer jackets)
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Can someone post the pictures or provide an online reference for rank boards prior to 1943?

If not, at least some descriptive information on how to recognize would be really appreciated.

I have many photos at home and try to identify the ranks, but I have no idea how it works.

Some soldiers (generals I assume!?) have a kind of diamond-shaped patch on both sides of their collar end and then, they can have 1, 2, 3 or 4 small diamond-shaped pins attached on it to indicate with specific level I guess....
1 small diamonds = General Major
2 small diamonds = General Lieutenant
3 ...

I have other pics with soldiers having a rectangular patch on each side of their collar and then, they can have either 0,1,2 or 3 small square (or sometime, they seem rectangular instead of square) small pins attached to it. I assume those soldiers are either senior or junior officers and the smaller pins on their rectangular patches indicates the specific ranks?

Now, I found other soldiers with triangular-shaped small pin on a rectangular collar patch... this was in MacDaniel book and if I remember correctly, this was for sergeants.

I am starting to get the picture, but if anyone can provide accurate and easy to understand info about this, that would be great.

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The soviet rangs

The rangs comply with the statute from 16. January 1919 (number 1 to 11)
The rangs comply with the statute from 31. January 1922 (number 12 to 14)
The rangs comply with the statute from 03. Dezember 1935 (number 15 to 28)
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16 January 1919

nubmer 1: group leader
number 2: assistant platoon leader
number 3: Starschina
number 4: platoon leader
number 5: company leader
number 6: bataillon commander
number 7: regiment commander
number 8: brigade commander
number 9: division commander
number 10: army commander
numbe 11: front commander-in-chief

"The first rangs described the position of the soldier"

31 January 1922

number 12: group leader
number 13: bataillon commander
number 14: front commander-in-chief

03 Dezember 1935

number 15: Marshall of the SU
number 16: army commander 1st grade
number 17: army commander 2nd grade
number 18: corps commander
number 19: division commander
number 20: brigade commander
number 21: colonel
number 22: major
number 23: captain
number 24: first class lieutenant
number 25: lieutenant
number 26: Starschina
number 27: group leader
number 28: soldier
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Thanks Alfred.
I also received some scans from a fellow member, but unfortunately, the images have a very big size and couldn't be posted on the forum.

With your post and the scans received, I just realized that early soviet ranks were very different than later one and there was less a formal hierarchy with usual naming used later and in other countries armies.
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