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Of a Company of Russian Heroes: A Corps D'Elite of Veterans

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, ,s~·· ·C:’ · p S1 tý Y i I – ? tit- 2ij `·II Pi . . I ‘ Y ‘ ” / `u ‘·A- ONE OF THOSE WHOSE DUTY IT IS TO FURNISH GUARDS IN THE IMPERIAL PALACES AND MUSEUMS : A MAN OF THE PALACE GRENADIERS OF RUSSIA.


The Palace Grenadiers consist of one company (that is to say, 25o n a war footing) ; belong to the reserve; and form part of the ” garrison infantry.” It is their special duty to furnish guards in the Imperial palaces and Imperial museums. They are a corps d’6lite, all the men being veterans and selected in rec gnition of their bravery in the field and their long service. Without exception, they are decorated ; and, amongst


the decorations they can boast, the St. George’ Cross for non-ronmmissioned ofticer, and men is the most important miark of distinction. This was created by the Emperor Alexander I., in 1807, as a fifth class of the Order of St. George. It was designed for those not eligible for the Order proper; that is, for non-cominssioned officers and men distinguished by singular acts of bravery. With it goes a monetary grant.



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