"Gymnastiorka" - The Field Blouse of the Russian Army

Discussion in 'Imperial Russian Empire' started by Martin Rohmann, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    This gymnastiorka, model 1911, was a tremendously practical and easy-to-make garment!

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    The Gymnastiorka was so practical that the Red Army reintroduced it in 1943, when after the victory in Stalingrad the new uniforms - with shoulder straps! - were reintroduced!

    In the summer the Gymnastiorka was unlined ...

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    ... at winter time it had a thin lining ...:

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    Officers and NCOs could enjoy the "luxury" of two breast pockets ...
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    ... simple soldiers had to do without these breast pockets ...:
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    Actually, the Gymnastiorka should have metal buttons, two on the neck and three to four on the button placket on the chest ...
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    ... in reality, however, all sorts of buttons came up!

    That was due to the logistical system of the Tsarist army!

    The uniforms were not centrally manufactured and delivered to the troops, but each regiment bought his uniform fabric at the peace site (military district, garrison town) - and in the war right where they were.

    Therefore could - as the pictures show in this post here! - have a Gymnastiorka all sorts of shades, from dark green to khaki-white!


    How "corlorful" a closed unit could come therefore shows this picture quite well ...:
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    There was one more thing on which the army hung like a fetish:

    Once a week in peacetime (and, if possible, at war!) the soldier had to remove the white cloth collar from his Gymnastiorka ...
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    ...and fix an new one in it...:
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    **To be contunued next post**
  2. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    The Special Facings of the "Gymnastiorka" of the Guard Units...:


    At the Guard Units special colored strips of fabric were sewn on the button-facing of the Gymnastiorka - and often above the cuffs..: - whereby each regiment had its own color combination ...:

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    Officers also wore the two breast pockets with such piping ...:

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    Each guard regiment had its own color combination ...:

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    Cheers

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