perjantai 12. lokakuuta 2012

Luurankotakkiset - Men in Skeleton Jackets


Sepia Saturdayn  tämän viikon aihe on sotilaallinen
 ja se tuotti kyllä vähän päänvaivaa.
 Viiksistä tai kiillotetuista saappaistakin olisi voinut kertoa.  
 
Tällä kertaa päädyin rakuunoihin.

Hilda-tädin albumista löysin  nämä komeat ratsumiehet.. 
Kuvat ovat ilmeisesti Uudenmaan rakuunarykmentistä,
joka oli sijoitettuna Helsinkiin vuosina 1918 - 1921

Sepia Saturday's  this week's topic is  military, and yes, it caused a bit of headache for me. Then I remembered Aunt Hilda's album and her handsome cavalrymen. The photos are apparently from Uusimaa Dragoon Regiment, which was placed in Helsinki in 1918- 1921


Ratsuväen takki oli harmaa ja siinä oli vaakasuoria raitoja, sitä kutsuttiinkin luurankotakiksi.
Housut olivat kirkkaan punaiset " hurmahousut". Ne varmaan hurmasivat nuoria naisia ja toisaalta kätkivät hyvin taistelussa saatuja veriroiskeita, hurmeita. Myöhemmin asun todettiin olevan aika huono taistelutilanteessa. 
 
 
Before the WW II cavalrymen were popular among the ladies because their new cavalry uniform was especially fine with dark red "ecstasy trousers" and mouse grey "skeleton jacket". These were later proven totally unsuitable for battle. But perhaps that red color was good because you could not see the blood, which splashed on the trousers during the battle.
                                 

 Hilda ei kuitenkaan hurmaantunut näistä herroista, hän oli Hilda-neiti lopun ikäänsä.
Anyhow, Aunt-Hilda did not fancy these gentlemen, she was Miss Hilda the rest of her life.
 
Rakuuna L.Vainio  " Korvetti " Helsinki 1919
U.R.R.  Uudenmaan Rakuunarykmentti  
Uusimaa Dragoon Regiment  Helsinki
 
Tuntematon rakuuna.
Unknown cavalryman

Suomen ratsuväen historia päättyi vuonna 1947, kun kenraali Adolf Ehrnrooth komensi joukkoja viimeisen kerran: "Jalkautukaa! " Hevosien käyttö taisteluissa oli ohi.

 The history of cavalry in Finland came to an end in 1947 with Colonel Adolf Ehrnrooth commanding for the last time: “Dismount!” The use of horses in combat was over.
 
 
 
Mutta olihan meillä vielä Hakkapeliitatkin.
Kauan, kauan  ennen Hilda-tädin aikaa.
 
30-vuotisessa sodassa  1618 -1648 tämä hurjapäinen ratsumiesjoukko kylvi pelkoa ja kauhua sotatantereilla ja siiviilien keskuudessa. Miekka kädessään ja ratsunaan pieni, mutta sitkeä suomenhevonen se ryntäsi eteenpäin hurjasti karjuen: " Hakkaa päälle! " .Tarina kertoo, että vielä 1900-luvun alussa joissakin saksalaisissa kirkoissa pappi päätti saarnansa  rukoukseen : " Jumala, varjele meitä nälänhädältä, rutolta ja suomalaisilta ".
 
But then we had " hackapels " (hakkapeliitta )
long, long time before Aunt-Hilda was born.
 
During the Thirty Years War ( 1618 -1648 ) these ferocious cavelrymen  spread fear and terror on battlefields and among civilians, riding a small but tough Finnhorse with a sward in hand  and roaring,  "Knock 'em down!" ("Hakkaa päälle!"). The Finnish cavalry was given the nickname "hackapels" (hakkapeliitta) based on this battlecry , which was used occasionally still during the WW II and perhaps even today during the ice hockey match Finland against Sweden. ;)
 
The story tells that even in the early 1900s in some German churches, priests ended their sermon with prayer: "God , protect us from famine, pestilence, and the Finns. "
 
An finaly our own friendly cavalrymen
 
My father-in-law, at the age about 20, now 98-years old

Our son, cavalryman Mike
 

And our grandchildren with their well trained hobby horses.
 
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12 kommenttia:

  1. My uncle was in the cavalry during WWII, but I think the horses were phased out while he still was in it.

    VastaaPoista
  2. Nice to see milutary portraits from a different era and country - thanks for sharing them.

    VastaaPoista
  3. The "ecstasy trousers" brought a smile on my face. And I've heard the sentence in the prayer about the Finns also. Knowing how the Finns battled, also during WW2, I'm afraid not even a prayer would have helped! Thanks for this post.

    VastaaPoista
  4. Sorry for causing you difficulty, BUT I was delighted to see such wonderful photographs, and also to read the terms "ecstasy trousers" and "skeleton jackets" as I'd never heard them before. Thank you!

    Kat Mortensen (married to a Dane)

    VastaaPoista
  5. When a cause was hopeless my Dad used to say. "The horse is dead: Dismount"
    I love the way you ended this with the hobby horses! Very interesting post.

    VastaaPoista
  6. Great post, Caijsa, I found the cavalry information particulary interesting as my father's trade was once a saddler & harness maker. He was involved with horses in WWI but that's all he would tell me about his service.

    VastaaPoista
  7. A wonderful post with terrific photos. Aunt Hilda's cavalrymen are quite dashing so she must have been a little fond of them to save their pictures.

    VastaaPoista
  8. Ecstasy trousers, how delightful! I like the look of them myself but I could see how they'd be totally unsuitable.

    VastaaPoista
  9. miten mahtava postaus. heppatyttönä pidin erityisesti kolmen sukupolven heppailukuvista. olen tainut jäädä paljosta paitsi, kun löysin blogit vasta nyt syksyllä. tosi mielenkiintoisia asioita tulee vastaan kokoajan.

    VastaaPoista
  10. I never heard of skeleton jackets but they do look like ribs. My favorite photograph is the one marked Atclier Paris, Helsinki. Or is that an "O"? Perhaps Aunt Hilda's special soldier didn't make it home.

    VastaaPoista
  11. Those are some wonderful photos but I particularly like the one of your son - keeping the traditions going.

    I love your banner. Are you into artist trading cards? Looks like you might be.

    Nancy

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  12. A wonderully rounded post! How could Hilda not fancy those handsome men?

    VastaaPoista