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July 31, 2007

    I decided to create this section in spite of that fact that I'm not an expert in this task, being actively asked by my visitors.

Historical documents like these provide excellent inspiration and guidelines for anyone looking to make an authentic-looking uniform.

Can't promise regular updates of this section...

upKhasan Lake

Pics 1-2

  1. Soldier of the Pos'yet Frontier Guards Detachment of the NKVD troops of the USSR. He is armed a 7.62mm Mosin-designed rifle of the 1891/1930 model. His cartridge pouches are of a pre-revolutionary model (they refer to times before 1917). One can see supporting shoulder belts as part of the arming. The service coat has a low-cut welt strip with three buttonholes according to the NKVD model. The service cap has a dark-green top, its cap band being of a very dark shade of blue bordering on black colour, and crimson piping. On the service coat one can see a "Voroshilov marksman" badge. Vicinity of Lake Khasan. July 1938. [2]
  2. Squad leader of the Red Army's 2nd Mechanised Brigade that belonged to the 39th Rifle Corps. The service cap is gray with black worsted cap band and red piping, the arming is of standard type. The squad leader is armed with a 7.62mm Nagant-designed revolver of the 1895 model. He is holding a signal flag in his hand. Fixed on his service coat is a "Ready for work and defense" badge. Vicinity of Lake Khasan. August 1938. [2]

Pics 3-4

  1. Red Army soldier of an artillery battery of the Red Army's 40th Rifle Division named after Sergo Ordzhonikidze. There are no combat arms insignia on his service coat. The soldier is protected with a steel helmet of the 1936 model. Vicinity of Lake Khasan, August 1938. [2]
  2. Senior Lieutenant of the 39th Corps Artillery Regiment belonging to the Red Army's 39th Rifle Corps. He is wearing a usual Red Army clothing, but sewn to the turndown collar of his summer shirt-like service coat are artillery senior lieutenant's collar tabs. The accoutrement is of light field type. Vicinity of Lake Khasan, August 1938. [2]

Pics 5-6

  1. Squad leader of the Red Army's 32nd Saratov Rifle Division. He is armed with a 7.62mm Mosin-designed rifle of the 1891 model. Besides a standard set of accoutrement, he has a knapsack and a greatcoat roll over his shoulder. On his steel helmet of the 1936 model there is a special net for using plant branches as camouflage. Vicinity of Lake Khasan, August 1938. [2]
  2. Infantry Lieutenant of the 78th Kazan Holding the Order of the Red Banner Rifle Regiment of the 26th Zlatoust Holding the Order of the Red Banner Rifle Division. The officer is protected with a steel helmet of the 1936 model, his accoutrement is of the 1932 model. The sides of his collar and the cuffs of his service coat are piped with crimson worsted, which signifies that he belongs to infantry commanders and chiefs. His service coat is decorated with the Order of the Red Star. Combat operations area near Lake Khasan. August 1938. [2]

Pics 7-8

  1. The Red Army's Air Force captain belonging to the 36th Fighter Air Regiment of the Soviet troops. He is wearing a leather raglan coat and a blue Air Force service cap introduced in 1938. Vicinity of Lake Khasan, August 1938. [2]
  2. The Red Army's Air Force lieutenant wearing a version of the Soviet aviation's summer flying suit. As a rule, collar tabs were not sewn to such flying suits. The 55th Mixed Bomber Air Regiment, vicinity of Lake Khasan, August 1938. [2]

Khalkhin-Gol (Nomonhan)


  1. Platoon commander's assistant. The 11th Tank Brigade. He is weared in coveralls and uniform panama. July, 1939
  2. Tank company commander of the 6th Tank Brigade. He is weared in summer field dress and crash tank helmet. August, 1939.
  3. Scout of the Reconnaissance Battalion of the 11th Tank Brigade. He is weared in self-made «grassy» camouflage and rubber sporting slippers. There is a trophy Japanese swardm his hand. July, 1939. [4]


upBaltic Area 1941

Pics 1-2

  1. Soldier of the Red Army's 84th Motorized (Tula) Division That unit was organic to the 3rd Mechanised Corps of Baltic Special Military District. The Red Army infantry man has a standard set of clothing and accoutrements of Red Army, he is protected with a steel helmet of Pattern 1936, armed with a self-loading rifle designed by Tokarev in 1940 (SVT-40) The bolt of rifle is wrapped in a piece of cloth because IBS weapon was very vulnerable to dirt and dust. On his service coat is wearing the badge "Excellent soldier of Red Army". One of Baltic states, June 1941 [3]
  2. Political instructor of the Red Army's 5th Vitebsk Rifle Division named after Czechoslovakian proletariat. That unit was organic to the Red Army's 16th Rifle Corps and was stationed in Lithuania. The political instructor has a standard clothing of Red Army's commanding officers, on his service coat can be seen the medal "For courage". Baltic Special Military District. June 1941.

Pics 3-4

  1. Soldier of sapper battalion of the Red Army's 67th Rifle Division. Besides a standard set of accoutrements and clothing he has a wire cutter. The soldier is armed with an SVT rifle model 1940 and is wearing a steel helmet model 1940. Latvia, June 1941. [3]
  2. Junior Lieutenant S.S. Moshchanskiy, commander of one of artillery batteries of the M.I. Kalinin 48th Rifle Division. Because artillery pieces in batteries of division were drawn by horses, battery commanders were provided with both a riding horse and a military officer's sabre, Pattern 1909. On the commander's breast we can see badge "For excellent artillery firing". Lithuania. June 1941. [3]

Pics 5-6

  1. Tanker of the 2nd Tank Division of the Red Army's 3rd Mechanised Corps. He is wearing a variety of dungarees and a tank helmet, in this specific case, tabs are sewn down to the dungarees collar, but this practice was quite uncommon, especially after the war beginning. North-Western Front. June 1941 [3]
  2. Tank company commander of the Red Army's 23rd Tank Division. The Lieutenant is wearing riding breeches and a double-breasted moleskin jacket. He is also wearing a gray service cap of Armour troops which was abolished by 1941. It was far from common practice to sew down collar tabs to jackets, especially in combat conditions. North-Western Front. July 1941.[3]


Pics 7-8

  1. Private of Red Army's 24th Latvian Territorial Corps. He is wearing a summer version of dress service coat, Pattern 1932. The accoutrements were made in accordance with German standards, steel helmet is German-made. Pattern 1918. He is armed with Soviet-made Mosin rifle of the 1891/1930 model with bayonet lacking a foresight cover, which is also of the 1891/1930 model, second modification North-Western Front. July 1941.[3]
  2. Captain of the 613th Artillery Regiment wearing a greatcoat and a woollen field service cap of the Latvian Army. He is using a Latvian Army] uniform of Pattern 1932 with Soviet insignia. The distinctive uniform colour of Latvian Artillery was dark-blue. North-Western Front. August 1941[3]

Pics 9-10

  1. This soldier of Red Army's 29th Lithuanian Territorial Corps is wearing summer version of full-dress coat, Pattern 1930. The collar on such a coat was to be upright, but photographs of Lithuanian soldiers from 29th Corps show also turn-down collars with Soviet tabs sewn down on them. The distinctive uniform colour of Lithuanian Infantry was yellow. Soldier is armed with a Lithuanian made Mauzer L. rifle Northwestern Front, July 1941.[3]
  2. Lieutenant commanding a cavalry scout platoon of Red Army's 22nd Estonian Territorial Corps. He is wearing a full-dress cavalry coat. Pattern 1936, red riding breeches and high cavalry boots authorized for wear in Estonian cavalry. The sabre is Estonian, Pattern 1925. The service cap is of Red Army combined-arms type. Pattern 1936. The insignia correspond to Soviet standards. North-Western Front, July 1941. [3]


Pics 11-12

  1. Machine gunner of Red Army's S.M. Kirov 201st Airborne Brigade. Despite the fact that brigade was used as an infantry (as a part of the 5th Airborne Corps), this soldier is wearing special overalls and accoutrements designed for parachute jumps (except for a parachute itself). The warrior is armed with a7.62rnm light machine-gun designed by Degtiarev of the 1927 model. Latvia, early July 1941.[3]
  2. Tank company commander of the 5th Motorized Rifle Regiment/22nd Motorized Rifle Division of NKVD. That division was operationally subordinate to Commander and Headquarters of the Baltic Special Military District. Collar tabs of tanker are not usual black, but madder red, in spite of the tank emblem. The service cap of the NKVD Lieutenant is also a traditional one: the cap band is of madder colour, the cap crown is dark-blue. The same distinctive colours were used in clothing of commanders of armoured trains of NKVD. Vicinity of Riga, July 1941.[3]


Vyazma 1941

Pics 1-2

  1. One of air assault group commanders comprising Major I. Starchak's consolidated team. Major Starchak was the chief of the Western Front Airborne Service. One can see special Aiborne troops commanders jumpsuit - pea jacket, trousers with patch pockets, unts (special winter footgear), warm sweater - designed for jumps in winter. The armament: a 7.62-mm PPD-34/38 submachine gun, F-1 grenades. Region of Ugra River, October 1941.
  2. Senior Lieutenant of NKVD Frontier Guard Troops serving in the I. Piyashev's 32nd Frontier Guards Regiment that was attached to the 1st Guard Rifle Corps. He's wearing an NKVD troops overcoat, a Finnish cap. leather high boots. He's armed with a 7,62-mm PPSh submachine gun and a 9-mm Mauzer pistol in a wooden holster. Vicinity of Orel, October 1941. [1]

AMVAS - according to other data Lt. Col. Piyashev in that period was the 34th NKVD Motorised Rfl. Regt. commander

pics 3-4

  1. A paramedic serving in a company belonging to the 132nd Rifle Division/13th Army of the Bryansk Front . She's wearing uniform for men and a cloth beret that was mentioned in the orders on women uniform released on December 17, 1936 and August 3, 1941, The medical service tabs are green. October 1941.
  2. Red Army soldier serving in the 143rd Rifle Division/13th Army of the Bryansk Front . He's wearing a standard kit and a protective helmet vintage 1936. He has a Mosin rifle vintage 1891/1930. October 1941. [1]

pics 4-5

  1. The commander of the Western Front (August-October 1941) Lieutenant General I. Konev. The picture copied the photograph (late August -early October 1941). In October 1941 he was already a Colonel-General. He's wearing the uniform mentioned in the corresponding order released on August 1. 1941: battle gray tabs, a jacket without chevrons, knee-breeches without trouser stripes. September 1941. [1]
  2. Regimental commissar Grishin of the 108th Tank Division/3rd Army of the Bryansk Front. He's wearing a gray overseas cap vintage 1936 and a leather jacket designed for armoured troops officers, and battle-green tabs with corresponding insignia. [1]

Pics 7-8

  1. The best Soviet tank ace Lieutenant D. Lavrinenko. From October 6 to December 18 1941 when he died, he took part in 28 tank fights driving his T-34/76 and managed to hit 52 German tanks. He's wearing a standard kit. 50th Army. 4th Armour Brigade. October 1941.[1]
  2. Senior Lieutenant A. Burda. In summer 1941 fighting in the 15th Tank Division he destroyed 8 German tanks and 4 armoured cars. Fighting in the 4th Tank Brigade A. Burda destroyed over 10 enemy tanks driving his KV tank. In the picture he's wearing his winter uniform: a short fur coat and felt boots. Early October 1941.[1]

Pics 9-10

  1. Commander of the 4th Tank Brigade Colonel I. Katukov. His Brigade was the first one to become a guards tank brigade. In the picture he's wearing a black leather coat, with the insignia on the collar, a gray cap vintage 1936, chrome leather high boots. Vicinity of Orel, 1941. [1]
  2. Commander of BA-10 medium armoured car. In the picture he's wearing a quilted jacket and trousers that were made before the war. Western Front, 18th Tank Brigade. October 1941. [1]

Pics 11-12

11. Red Army signal soldier from the 91st Rifle Division that was encircled in the vicinity of Vyazma. He has an iron helmet vintage 1936, a quilted jacket and a 7.62-mm PPD-34 submachine gun. October 1941. [1]

12. Red Army automobile soldier wearing the slop used in the Armoured troops and Automobile troops of the Red Army. Reserve Front. October 1941. [1]


upThe Caucasus 1942-43

The soldiers of the 63rd Cavalry Division. The 214th and 220th Cavalry Regiments of this division first took part in combat to defence a Caucasus near mountain passes.

  1. Left - a Cossack cavalryman. He is wearing a civil model of a quited jacket.
  2. Right - cavalry Leutenant in full equipment. He is wearing a cavalry quited jacket (Model 1931). August 1942. [5]
The Soviet military mountaineers of 394th Rifle Division special detachment. They are wearing the civil models of mountainous clothing and trothy models of equipments. Mountainous pass Nahar, September 1942. [5]

IltieSoviet military mountaineers of 1st Special Mountain Detachment.

  1. Left - Private,
  2. right - Junior Leutenant.

They are wearing a special mountainous uniform models of Red Armv. Mountainous oass Kluchor. October 1942.[5]

The Soviet military mountaineers of Special High Mountain (Elbrus) Groop.

  1. Left - a commander of groop, Military Engineer of the 3rd Class A.M. Gusev
  2. Right - a member of groop.

Caucasus, Elbrus, February 1943. [5]


  1. I. Moshchanskiy, E. Kharitonova, "Na Dalnykh podstupakh k Moskve. Vyazemsko-Brianskaya strategicheskaya oboronitelnaya operatsiya 30 sentiabria-30 oktiabria 1941 goda. Sukhoputnye Sily RKKA", Voyennaya Letopis"/Military Chronicle, "Armii mira" No. 4, Moscow, 2003
  2. I. Moschankiy, I. Khokhlov, "Boi u ozera Khasan 29 Iyulia - 11 Avgusta 1938 goda", Voyennaya Letopis/Military Chronicle "Armii Mira" No. 2, Moscow, 2002.
  3. I. Moshchanskiy, "Oborona Pribaltiki 22 Iyunia - 9 Iyulia 1941 goda", Voyennaya Letopis/Military Chronicle, Armii Mira No. 1, Moscow, 2002
  4. M. Kolomiets. "Boi u reki Khalkhin-Gol", Frontovaya Illyustratsia, No 2/2002
  5. I. Moshchanskiy, A. Karashchuk, "V Gorakh Kavkaza. Voyennyje alpinisty SSSR i Germanii Iyun' 1942-Fevral' 1943 goda", voyennaya Letopis/Military Chronicle, "Armii Mira", No. 9, Moscow, 2007

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