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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Sergeant Major

 

(Russian, vakhmistr, from German Wachtmeister), a rank and duty position in the junior command of the cavalry and in the horse artillery in the pre-revolutionary Russian army. The sergeant major aided the squadron (battery) commander in the conduct of drill and in the organization of management and internal order. The rank of sergeant in other combat arms corresponded to that of sergeant major in the cavalry.


Sergeant Major

 

(Russian, starshina). In the Soviet armed forces, the person in a company (battery) responsible for proper performance of duty on the part of soldiers and sergeants, for order and discipline, and for the safekeeping of weapons and property. The sergeant major is the immediate superior of the company sergeants and soldiers. He is subordinate to the company commander; if no officers are present, he assumes command of the company.

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But Sgt Maj Thomas replied that while Osprey was still used by "some units", it was not employed by his base colleagues.
Sgt Maj Davies and another soldier, who were unscathed, endeavoured to carry a wounded Tommy to safety, but on the way another shell burst, killing the wounded man, and wounding the soldier who helped to carry him, and also wounded Davies."
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Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb, commander of the British field army, said Sgt Maj O'Donnell was "as brave as a lion".
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During his sermon Father Vincent McShane, priest of St John Vi-anney church in Hunts Cross, read from numerous tributes to Sgt Maj Smith on a commando website.
And with the type of British understatement which has come to sum up the courage of our armed services, Sgt Maj Norman said: "I found it very hard being away from Ewan.
Sgt Maj Williams, of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was gunned down in the early hours as he reached the top of a hillock.
The coroner described how Sgt Maj Williams, 40, fromCaerphilly,was briefly and "completely inadvertently" silhouetted against the sky.
Sgt Maj Gary Chilton of The Soldiers - whose first album is expected to hit No 5 today - said: "Coming Home is a tribute to everyone who
News that Sgt Maj O'Donnell had been awarded a posthumous Bar - a second medal - to the George Medal he won for work in Iraq in 2006 emerged as the MoD announced that dozens of servicemen had been given gallantry awards for their efforts while fighting in Afghanistan last year.
Rifleman Christopher Sharpe said of his colleague, who was single: "It has been an honour to have known such a character of the Regiment." Sgt Maj Rod Poulter said: "Danny, you will be sorely missed but we will never forget you."