"Ivan was a thin, weedy, dark-eyed sergeant"

 

Soviet army sergeant
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Sergeant insignia
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Before the emergence of the Soviet Union, the Imperial Russian Table of Ranks was used; this was abolished in favour of the Soviet Union’s version. This underwent many changes up until the Second World War, when it was finally standardised and rationalised.