XENOPHON GROUP INTERNATIONAL
 

War is a matter of vital importance to the State:
The Province of life or death:
The Road to Survival or Ruin:
It is mandatory that it be thoroughly studied.
Sun Wu

 
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The Xenophon Group International was organized to promote the study of military history. We began by publishing a magazine devoted to Early Modern Military History, Gorget & Sash of which copies are available. In 1991 we expanded our focus to facilitate meetings and exchanges between Americans, Ukrainians and Russians, especially but not exclusively military historians. We have organized a number of successful visits and conferences in Russia and Ukraine. This page serves as a central link to topical pages relating to these subjects. For convenience the material is divided into two categories, general Military History and Russian-Ukrainian History, but much of the latter is also about military affairs.

The content of our multiple web sites has expanded so much we provide here a new alphabetical listing all the various topics.

INDEX

Please download this index file periodically to keep current with new changes. In the index are links to descriptions of some of our products including previously published articles and historical materials developed during these visits.
We continue to revise and expand the text and photography of St. Petersburg for which we have a completely revised section including separate sections on Hermitage, Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, Gatchina and Pavlovsk palaces. We also have text history and many photos of Moscow. We are preparing to add pictures and text describing many churches in Moscow. We have visited many cities along the Volga river as well as St Petersburg and Moscow. These are included in the Russian cities section. and many photographs are now at Volga and photographs from past cruises are at Volga cruise . In 2005 we led a tour group for the Moscow - St. Petersburg cruise on Vantage travel charter ship - the N. Chernishevski. It was a terrific cruise with many extra and exciting activities along the way. We now have over 2000 additional photos and text for the interesting places on that route such as Kizhi Island and Mandrogi, as well as more for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Uglich and Yaroslavl. See tour2005. We have added first photos from inside the Kremlin Armory Museum. We returned from a fabulous 3 weeks' Vantage tour to China including cruise on Yangtze River in May 2007. The text and photos are now on line at China. . One interesting section has photos taken in the huge and marvelous Military Museum in Beijing and the second section is from the Chinese Aviation Museum. We now have photos also of Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warrior museum.
We have extensive text and over 180 photos of the huge Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal troops in St Petersburg and have now created an entirely new web site for this museum at Artillery Museum The museum staff prepared captions for the current photography and we now have photos of new exhibits posted with our 2005 tour report. - From our first two visits to the new National Museum of the U. S. Marine Corps we have the first of what will be an expanding section of photographs.

If you are considering travel to Ukraine, Russia or any of the other republics please contact our outstanding local travel agent, Larysa Ryazantseva in Kyiv at Olymp Travel LTDOlymp or write her at 24 Shavkovychva St. Kyiv 01024 Ukraine -her web site is Olymp-travel..

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Check out Anatoly Pronin's web site. He has terrific artistic photography of Russia and other places. Anatoly recently supplied a striking photo of the Kopor'ye fortress you can now find in the section on that place. We have recently added more photos not only to Kopor'ye but also Ivangorod, Pechora monastery, Izborsk and Pskov fortresses. There is now a new section with photography of the Russian Central Army Museum in Moscow. See the index for links. We added a fascinating collection of Old Believer Brass Icons. We also now have the full text of the U.S. Army's manual on the Red Army of WWII - Handbook on U.S. S. R Military on CDROM in PDF format. And two more U.S. Army manuals on the Red Army in HTM and JPG format - Dept of Army Pamphlet # 30-4-1 Vol I Artillery and Dept of Army Pamphlet 30-50-1 Handbook on the Soviet Army. For covers go here.
Special: It is hereWe have some extra copies of Tsekhgaus - Arsenal the excellent Russian military history magazine - click above to have a look at the cover and table of contents of issues 11,12,13,14,15,16. We have been buying and distributing this super publication since the first issue in 1991 but generally in insufficient copies to make translation worth while. Mark Conrad has translated issues 13 and 14 and has posted the translations on his web page at {short description of image}Mark has a huge listing of significant works he has translated from Russian. Please email us at Xenophon for details. We have limited copies of several issues. By special arrangement with the publisher we have obtained a few copies of the marvelous issue of NAPOLEON journal published in Fall 2000 at $9.95. We are giving this away as a special promotion to all who order the set of issues of Tsekhgaus.
We have 5 spectacular aerial photos of Kam'yanetz-Podilski, the fortress city in Ukraine that we visited in 1997 and have featured for several years with many photos at Kam'yanetz. We have just expanded sections on Yaroslavl, Trinity monastery, Novgorod, Smolensk, Vyborg, and Rostov. After you visit our web site, you can call upon Ukrintour to get you to these cities. We added two sections on the Virginia armor museum - a private museum near Manassas Virginia. And we now have an article on the Thirty Years' War. We have added sections on the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Maryland, the U. S.Army Aviation Museum at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and the famous Ogden paintings showing the history of the uniforms of the U. S. Army. All these are listed in the index.
New We have revised the section featuring photos of the exhibits at the 1st Cavalry Division museum at Ft. Hood and we are expanding the photography of the 4th ID Division at Ft Hood (which is moving to Ft Carson. - We now have added several hundred photos of the uniforms of the Russian Army of Alexander I. I have added a section of photos taken during my service in US Army in Korea in 1956-57.

We are in process of adding a new section to the Rulers of medieval Russia directory - these will be tables showing the princes acccording to their generation from Rurik, counted as generation 1. There are at least 22 generations to be listed and we are currently working on generation 10. Please go to this link. {short description of image}
We have added a new section of photography at Ft. Steuben, Ohio.

We are now adding photos of individual and sets of military figuresfrom our collections - some of these will be available for purchase and we will endavor to order any others that may be of interest.

With much more historical material available than we have room for at this web site, we do appreciate recommendations and responses about what you find useful. Our web pages on French medieval history and on the American Revolution are at Xenophongroup.

How about sending a greeting card with a Russian military theme to your friends? You can try our selection at CARDS.

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Above we have the front and rear views of a special military model of a Russian grenadier officer of the Lief-Kompanii of Kavalegard of the reign of Elizabeth made by Dave Kennedy, painted by Ron Wherman and in the Xenophon collection.
Special notice: Here is the stunning web site of the State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg link. Among the many items on display are a gorgeous bakterets and other arms and armor. Another interesting web page is the index of Russian museums at museums. We will be adding direct links to some marvelous collections of photography by Russian photographers, so check the index.
Here is a link to Craig Martelle's web page featuringRussian bookson military history he has imported. We have purchased many of these for our Xenophon collection and highly recommend them.
And we have a guest book that we hope readers will use to make comments. Or contact us directly at Xenophon.

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