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GARS190011 Dec 2017 6:50 p.m. PST

From what I've read, the Russian Army in 1914 wore a greenish khaki uniform, in cotton for summer and wool for winter. Was there an intentional and clear color difference between the summer and winter uniforms; i.e. summer being lighter and winter being darker? For some reason, this seems logical to me, but I've seen no evidence for this. Were the two uniforms really different colors, or were they the same?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Dec 2017 5:42 a.m. PST

Definitely different, the summer shirt was much lighter.

You can see the difference in most B&W photos.

johnnytodd02 Jan 2018 7:00 p.m. PST

My guess is that the uniforms began life similar in color but by inherent differences in material they quickly changed – summer uniforms were cotton/linen and were more easily washed than fussy wool winter uniforms – so faded more quickly to pale buff…

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