Friday, November 18, 2005

a language gaffe

From their website:
The 223rd Rifle Regiment Reenactors mission is to portray a unit of soldiers of the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War (World War 2). Our main focus is to participate in reenactments of battles fought by the Red Army. We also participate in Living History events that help to educate the public in the actual lives of Russian Soldier's during World War 2. We chose to reenact an early war unit of Russian Soldiers, based on the fact that the 21st Red Army fought from the beginning to the end of the war. And we think that the early war uniforms look cool.
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for the Russian-speaking corner of the blogosphere) the reenactors didn't bother to learn the Russian language as well, along with the intricacies of Soviet military uniforms.

Click on the thumbnail to see the cyrillic name of the 223 rifle division :-)

Humorous speculations as to the possible meaning of the name (selected pictures) can be found here


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