Aristanian insignia and medals of the Standewehr

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Standewehr troops on maneuver in June of 2020. Lieutenant Aristotle Graf and Private Anthony are pictured, Graf is to the right.
Machine gun ambush position during the maneuvers of June 2020.

The Standewehr

The Standewehr was created on November 30th 2018 by lieutenant Aristotle Graf and has went through countless reforms and trial and error to get to its modern equivalent. The Standewehr was a concept based on the demilitarized army of Wiemar Germany, the Reichswehr. The nation uses the Standewehr as a exclusively defensive and peace keeping force. To learn more about lieutenant Aristotle Graf click here. [[1]]

Active units of the Aristanian Standewehr

1st Budyonny Calvary Division - Head quarters in the capital (foreign use unit)

1st Guards rifle Division - Head quarters in the capital

Aristanian Standewehr insignia and medals

The Aristanian Standewehr compromises of the armed forces of the nation of Aristan,The Army and Navy. It's wide variety of insignia and medals used by different branches, services, and even specific divisions or even units within the Standewehr. This article is to explain some of the medals and insignia worn by the Standewehr.

Uniforms of the Standewehr

The uniforms of the Standewehr are mostly re-purposed surplus equipment but in the early days of the Standewehr locally sourced uniforms were used and tailored for military units. A tradition of the officer corps of the Standewehr is to get a privately tailored uniform in the m18 style. The m18 style is emulated in the German style with a four pocket design. The m19 was a modern take on the m18 in which the lower pockets were removed and internal pockets on the chest and arms, similar to a East German tunic. The latest iteration of the tunic is the m20, which is made in wool and is a surplus Romanian cold war jacket with appropriate Standewehr insignia. Multiple cap patterns exist such as the m18 and the m20 Though the m18 has been almost entirely phased out for the m20. The m20 is a m43 style cap with appropriate Standewehr insignia. The officer corps of the Standewehr uses a brown double pronged leather belts commonly. Officers tend to use officer caps in the m43 m20 style with corresponding tress for their unit around the crown of the cap.

Standewehr soldier watching a checkpoint during the June 2020 maneuver.

Standewehr collar stripe designation

The collar stripes used by the Aristanian Standewehr are used to distinguish certain specializations within a unit. The order was given on November 11th, 2019 but was revised on November 19th, 2019 with the addition of more specific specialization insignia. An exert from the order:

"The collar stripe will be two inches into the collar being made up of a quarter inch thick of ribbon or felt. The collar device shall be sewn on using any color thread available, though matching is ideal. The collar stripe is to be not associated with unit specifics being that different colors can compose into the same unit i.e engineers (wearing black collar stripes) can be in a unit with artillerymen (wearing red collar stripes)"

Another exert detailing the specific colors for each specialization:

"Collar stripe designations:Standewehr. Red - Infantry. Light/rose red - Artillery. Golden yellow - Signals - authorized to wear signals patch. Dark green - Motorized troops. Green - Mountain troops - Paired with an edelweiss on the cap and sleeve. Black - Engineer/pioneer.  Black - Stormtroopen - authorized to wear skull patch on left arm or grenade patch. Light blue - Cavalry - paired with sabres on the collar and arm - 1st Budyonny cavalry Division patch. Dark blue - Medical corps"

Aristanian Unit History and Insignia

The Standewehr uses unit specific insignia for most units, this is in the form of a patch worn on the upper right arm. Usually allowing space to be left for the addition of a service star or a qualification tab.

1st Budyonny Cavalry Division

The 1st Budyonny Cavalry Division wears a patch of felt construction on the right sleeve, on the patch is a horse head made of tan felt, with a horseshoe underneath configured like a wreath. A common private purchase item for the division is the addition of a medal horse head over the felt one on the patch. the backing of the patch is a hue of blue. The division has been authorized to wear cavalry sabers on the collar to signify officer status as another privately purchased item. The addition of a cavalry qualification badge is often present above the unit patch.

History of the unit - The 1st Budyonny Cavalry Division was established officially on November 19th, 2019 and is a product of the need of scout and light infantry. These units typically hold the traditions of the cavalry but act as bicycle infantry. Being able to outflank and maneuver in the small country quickly and efficiently. Typically officers are seen with sabers as a tradition but most enlisted men just have a rifle. Typically this unit receives old weaponry from stocks within the Standewehr's Armory. Most troops are seen with Mosin rifles and mp40 sub machine guns, typical of the early Standewehr. This unit's establishment was due to the lack of units to use in foreign affairs, i.e within the numerous states of Aristan.

1st Guards rifle Division

The 1st Guards rifle Division is the main unit that comprises most of the Standewehr. They use a patch of similar construction to the Finnish Anti-tank badge used in the latter stages of the Continuation War as their unit insignia. Often because the unit is so old the unit insignia is paired with a blue star underneath the unit badge. Typically officers from this unit use collar tress to signify their rank, usually subdued in a tan similar in hue with the tunic. Another common badge for this unit is the ROA Cavalry badge, as the 1st Guards rifle Division was previously a bicycle unit during the brief border conflict surrounding the independence of the nation of Aristan. The unit also has paratrooper detachments and scout detachments as of march 2020 as part of the 2020 restructuring.

History of the unit - The Aristanian 1st Guards rifle Division was the first official division within Aristan, spanning back to around January of 2019. Before this Division existed the Standewehr was in itself a unit and had men raised as part of the H division or Home guard Division. The unit receives the best in equipment and weaponry most are equipped with Kar98 or mosin rifles, Mp5's and Akm rifles. The division is equipped to deal with mostly domestic threats as well as ceremonial events and is commonly seen on maneuver.

Standewehr Reserves

The reservists of the Standewehr are a force comprised of former full time servicemen and people who typically cannot contribute fully to the Standewehr. They are typically issued older equipment most notably the m18 tunic, typically shortened to a m44 style. The reservists are denoted by a black R on grey wool worn on the right arm. the use of the m18-m20 cap is issued among use of different types of helmets. A lot of privately purchased items are used in the reserves, and equipment, uniform, and headgear differ extremely though the generalized look of the standewehr soldier is maintained.

Standewehr medals and awards

The Aristanian Standewehr uses different medals to award those who have distinguished themselves in combat, service, science and development, or even for ceremonial reasons, such as an anniversary. The Standewehr has three categories of medals, Service medals, designated specialization medals, and ceremonial medals.

Service medals

Sports badge - A badge akin to the sports badges of the DDR, the badge is awarded for the completion of 7 miles in a week or 14 in two weeks and is to be worn on the right side under the flap of the pocket.

2018-2019 service medal - Awarded to civilians and Standewehr personnel alike, the medal can be obtained through contribution to Aristan between 2018-2019 it celebrates the founding of the state and it's one year anniversary. Is to be worn above the right side pocket flap.

Rifle qualification patch - Earned after completion of a one day Infantryman's course under supervision of a CO. The badge is to be worn above the pocket flap and sewn in, all ribbons can be worn above patch.

Infantryman's badge - Earned after completion of training maneuvers and if the individual displays soldership ability and seriousness to the degree necessary.

Loyalty cross 1st and 2nd class - The cross is awarded to those who distinguish themselves in the service in the Standwehr, though citizens who display acts of bravery, loyalty, or make strides and developments in the country can receive the medal. The recipient in question must be reviewed by a military tribunal and an acting commissioned officer.

ROA cavalry badge - This badge is seldom awarded, it was a campaign badge for the frontier actions against the Republic of Connecticut during the summer of 2018. where mostly dismounted cavalry was utilized. Members of the first organized unit of the Standewehr, The 1st Guards rifle division are seen wearing this badge more often.

Designated specialization medals

Drivers ribbon - 24 hours driving for government purposes. Awarded by default if criteria is met no process to obtain.

Cavalry qualification tab - The qualification tab is a special tab adopted specifically by the 1st Budyonny Cavalry division. This tab is in the form of two crossed sabers on a half inch tab backed in white. This tab for the Calvary means that the individual is qualified for cavalry service. All members of the 1st Budyonny cavalry division have this qualification badge. It is worn above the unit patch.

The Expansion of the Standewehr 2020

Due to the restrictions of the government in the early parts of the country the Standewehr was kept at a minimal standing. The expansion had started with a major volunteer campaign ran by the Ministry of Defense starting in April of 2020. The Standewehr already has maneuvers planned in June of 2020 and soldiers are already mustering their equipment.