Life Guards", 1709
History of the regt
We are a
group of enthusiasts who are fascinated with history of early 18th
century, military history in particlar. We are non-profit
non-political non-militarist voluntary organization. The group is
rather loose and geographically spread organization.
soldiers of Preobrazhensky Life Guards - elite regiment of
Russian Tsar Peter the First - in the period of Great Northern War
(1700-1721), in particilar, our uniforms are from 1708 - 1711
uniforms, equipment, weapons, life and tactics of Russian infantry of early 18th
century. Since 2003 we have re-enacted marches, combats, camps and sieges from the era of the Great Northern War. We aim to do 'living
our events we aim to represent infantry formations in 1:1 ratio - that
is despite we can field only two or three dozens of soldiers, weform in 6 or 4 ranks as is prescribed in regulations. It gives us better feel of infantry tactics and inner mechanics of infantry formation of the period.
Most of our members live in
St.Petersburg (Russia) - our city was founded in 1703 in course of Great
Northern War and there are many historical sites from that period all
around and inside the city. Our group has also sections in Narva (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Moscow (Russia). Having all sections of our group together we also invite other groups dressed in green-with-red - to form a unit as large and as uniform as possible. Ideally we would like to form one company as it looked in 1709.
History Unit "Preobrazhensky
Life Guards" (с) 2003