Tunic (gymnastiorka)- Two models existed in the Red Army-an early version designated the M35, and a later version designated the M43. They existed in both cotton and wool versions. Differences between the two were minor, though much needed to help ease the burden on the Russian clothing industry. The M43 features a standing collar with double-button closure, as well as a row of button down the front of the tunic; this is the main difference between the two models of tunics. Cotton tunics are most common, and by far the cheapest.
Breeches (sharovari)- Standard issue trousers of the Red Army. Like the tunic, several patterns existed, though the differences in these are far less noticeable. Try to acquire the M43 pattern trousers. These too came in both wool and cotton. The colors should not match the tunic; if the trousers and tunic match exactly, the whole uniform will look more like a set of pajamas than a combat uniform!
Sidecap (pilotka)- A simple hat worn by the Red Army, this, as well as the helmet were the two main pieces of headgear worn by the Red Army in combat. Usually a shade of khaki, they had an olive drab or red enamel star on the front. Cheap and common, post-war and reproduction caps are easy to find.
Helmet (shlem)- While there were a couple different helmet designs in use by Russian in WWII, the M40 helmet was the most heavily used design, used nearly exclusively over all styles. Every soldier in the 3rd Rifle Division is required to wear one in combat, both for safety and for uniformity in the ranks. Wartime pattern hlemets were manufactured from the start of WWII all the way through the 1950's; post-war pattern helmets were manufactured from the late 1950's and on.
Boots (sapogi)- Can be either post-war East German (Cold War era) jackboots, wartime or post-war Russian jackboots, or post-war or wartime Russian lowboots. All are acceptable for use
Padded Uniform - The famous cold weather padded uniform of the Red Army
Fur Hat (Ushanka)- a classic piece of gear for the Russians! This was the standard wartime cold-weather hat, and featured pull-down flaps that would cover the ears and back of the head. Wartime original or reproduction. Post war ones are usually incorrect.
Greatcoat and/or Telogreika- Either a greatcoat, or a telogreika padded jacket is highly suggested, as some events we go to can be very cold. The greatcoats are cheapest, while the telogreika padded jackets allow greater freedom of movement. Post-war telogreikas are perfect for use. Most models of post-war greatcoats are acceptable, but check with us before buying one. Both can be found very cheaply from online dealers located in Czechoslovakia or Russia.