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GARS190015 Aug 2018 1:39 p.m. PST

I've been looking into the Soviet uniforms of early WW2. They seem to have used WW1-style puttees instead of jackboots a lot of the time. Oddly enough, I have heard that many puttees made out of black cloth were issued to Soviet troops. I find that odd; can anyone confirm if it was done?

wrgmr115 Aug 2018 3:15 p.m. PST

Seems likely as they wore black boots.

Martin Rapier15 Aug 2018 11:45 p.m. PST

Yes, black cloth was not unusual, but a lot of the time they were just khaki. Photos show lots of variation in tone. Some of them just look like cut up bits of blanket….

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2018 5:50 a.m. PST

From "The Soviet Soldier of World War Two" by Philippe Rio (an excellent source by the way):

"The M.38 leather gaiters were common up to 1942. M1936 Obmotki puttees were made of brown, green or black wool then, during the course of the war, other colours appeared (grey and so on)."

GARS190017 Aug 2018 12:27 p.m. PST

Interesting. Thanks for the help, folks. I wonder what prompted the use of black cloth?

Gerard Leman15 Nov 2018 3:04 p.m. PST

Availability? The Nazis adopted brown shirts as uniforms because they were cheap and available in bulk. Sadly for history, German cloth merchants did not have a surplus of magenta-colored shirts in 1932.

J Womack 9421 Nov 2018 1:10 p.m. PST

Gerard: Yes,I think it would have been difficult to take them as seriously. Pinkshirted thugs just doesn't sound very intimidating.

Cuprum23 Nov 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

Perhaps the black boots imitated?

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