Stanislav Andriainen. “The Vicissitudes of a tedious war”: the participation of the Russian Imperial Guard in the suppression of the Polish Uprising of 1830–1831 // Petersburg historical journal, no. 1, 2023, pp. 60–71
The article examines the combat work of the units of the Russian Imperial Guard during the Russo-Polish War of 1830–1831. The author considers it necessary to investigate the activities of the entire Guards Corps as a whole, and not only the combat successes of individual guard regiments. The author conducts a comparative study of the actions of the Russian Guard during the Russo-Turkish War of 1828–1829 and during the fight against Polish insurgents. The greatest combat load during the Polish war was sustained by the Guards chasseurs and light Guards cavalry units. By the time the war ended, the Russian Guard had maintained a high combat capability. This is due to a small combat load for many guard regiments. The high symbolic value of the Guard influenced the actions of the Russian command during the planning and implementation of combat operations. The author comes to the conclusion that the Polish War played a significant role in the development of the Russian Guard. After the end of the war, the entire guard was concentrated in St. Petersburg and its suburbs. The war with the Poles caused a patriotic upsurge among the officers of the Guard. This war helped Emperor Nicholas I to improve his relations with the units of the Guard.
Russian-Polish war, Russian-Turkish war of 1828–1829, Emperor Nicholas I, Russian Imperial Guard, Russian Imperial army, military reforms in Russia.
Andriainen, Stanislav — PhD, Associate Professor of St. Petersburg State University of