Colonel


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Colonel

 

(polkovnik), a military officer’s rank in the armed forces of the USSR and certain other states.

The rank was instituted in the USSR on Sept. 22, 1935. The corresponding rank in the USSR Navy is captain first rank. In Russia the rank of colonel was first instituted in the mid-16th century in the strel’tsy (semiprofessional musketeers) troops and in the 17th century in what were called the regiments of the new order. The commanders of regiments in the Ukrainian cossack hosts and in the Zaprozh’e Sech were also called colonels. The corresponding rank in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic is Oberst; in France, Great Britain, and the USA it is colonel.

References in classic literature ?
First, that the Colonel had forgiven his sister on his death-bed.
repeated the colonel, seating himself on a bench with his back to a tree that shaded it, and letting his head fall upon his breast.
But the colonel was firm, and, for once, her cupidity was compelled to succumb.
said the colonel, "or are we supposed to sit up with little Mildred's guest until he feels better?
Nay, please your worship," answered the man, in much perplexity, but with a backwardness that strikingly indicated the hard and severe character of Colonel Pyncheon's domestic rule; "my master's orders were exceeding strict; and, as your worship knows, he permits of no discretion in the obedience of those who owe him service.
The colonel deliberately stopped the regiment and turned to Nesvitski.
They know all about your comin', an' the Colonel will see that ye're not lost or mislaid anywhere on the road.
At this juncture news arrived which was spread among the many creditors of the Colonel at Paris, and which caused them great satisfaction.
Well, sir, th' colonel met your lieutenant right by us--it was damnedest thing I ever heard--an' he ses: 'Ahem
Excuse me," said he, turning to Colonel Ross, who had looked at him in some surprise.
The colonel evidently expected to use the fellow as interpreter, but when the savage addressed me it was in a language as foreign to me as was that of the blacks.
And, besides," added Passepartout, "I'll take charge of him, colonel as he is.