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 ?
The Colonel, with little sense of humor and of the fitness of things, related a somber episode of those dark and bitter days, in which he had acted a conspicuous part and always formed a central figure.
This sluggishness on Colonel Pyncheon's part became still more unaccountable, when the second dignitary of the province made his appearance, and found no more ceremonious a reception.
But if there should by any chance happen to be a woman who is single at seven and twenty, I should not think Colonel Brandon's being thirty-five any objection to his marrying HER.
Here all is harmony; the devastation seems organized," said the colonel, pulling the chain of a bell; but the bell was without a clapper.
Thirty or forty passengers had already descended, amongst them Colonel Stamp Proctor.
The colonel was seen to straighten his form and put one hand forth in oratorical fashion.
Elizabeth laughed heartily at this picture of herself, and said to Colonel Fitzwilliam, "Your cousin will give you a very pretty notion of me, and teach you not to believe a word I say.
The porter, the garcons, the bourgeois, all knew le Colonel Silky, who was now a great man, wore moustaches, and went to court--as the court was.
I think we were all, except the Colonel and the Senior Subaltern, a little disappointed that the scandal had come to nothing.
Oh, he is only Creighton Sahib - a very foolish Sahib, who is a Colonel Sahib without a regiment.
But if by the will of God there arises any other game which is not the polo game, then be assured, Colonel Sahib and officers, that we will play it out side by side, though they," again his eye sought Dirkovitch, "though they, I say, have fifty ponies to our one horse.
I'm afraid I must ask you to empty your pockets and make sure," observed the colonel, gruffly.