Colonel


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Anyhow, a solitary, vicious, underground life was the life the Colonel led.
"She does not recognize me!" cried the colonel, in despair.
But the colonel was firm, and, for once, her cupidity was compelled to succumb.
The colonel and the mess-room looked at the man in silence.
It is time that the good Colonel came forth to greet his friends; else we shall be apt to suspect that he has taken a sip too much of his Canary wine, in his extreme deliberation which cask it were best to broach in honor of the day!
"How's this, Colonel?" he shouted as he approached.
Nor would Mahbub Ali's tone have changed, as it did every time he mentioned the Colonel's name, if the Colonel had been a fool.
The Colonel was busy arranging the affairs of the inheritance.
"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 other prisoners worked harder than I did, and I owe my better treatment solely to the kindliness and discrimination of the old colonel.
"And, besides," added Passepartout, "I'll take charge of him, colonel as he is."