The Russian Imperial Guards – unique album with hundreeds illustrations (2005)
Title: The Russian Imperial Guards – unique album with hundreeds illustrations (2005)
Publisher: Moscow, “Slavia”, 2005
Author: Sergey Letin
Condition: Brand new!
Shipping Weight: 3.35kg
Hardcover, 472 pages
The Russian Imperial Guard, officially known as the Leib Guard (Russian: Лейб-гвардия leyb-gvardiya, from German Leib “Body”; cf. Life Guards / Bodyguard) were military units serving as personal guards of the Emperor of Russia. Peter the Great founded the first such units following the Prussian practice in the 1690s, to replace the politically motivated Streltsy. The Imperial Guard subsequently increased in size and diversity to become an elite corps of all branches within the Imperial Army rather than Household troops in direct attendance on the Tsar. Numerous links were however maintained with the Imperial family and the bulk of the regiments of the Imperial Guard were stationed in and around Saint Petersburg in peacetime.