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Soviet General & field rank officer uniforms: 1955 to 1991 (land, air, border & intelligence services)

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Soviet General & field rank officer uniforms: 1955 to 1991 (land, air, border & intelligence services)
From Veloce's imprint, Battle Cry!

By Adrian Streather
About the Author

Paperback • 24x20cm • 128 pages • 250 colour & b&w pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-267-3

£ 14.99 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Precise overview of the various official Soviet uniform regulations
• Well researched history of all Soviet officers’ uniform types
• Details of all uniform types worn by all officers from 1955 to 1991
• Tables listing trim and embroidery colours used for identification and recognition as well as official identification mounting methods for uniforms
• Comprehensive buyer’s guide and buyer’s tips throughout
• Includes changes in uniform issue procedures and methods as officers were promoted
• Many period photographs and illustrations
• Includes an extensive overview of the officer rank identification system
• Over 150 colour and black and white photographs and illustrations
• Reveals how the Soviet officer hierarchy system actually worked


This book describes the parade, dress, service and field uniforms worn by Soviet General and field rank officers serving in the land and air forces, MVD (internal army), KGB intelligence and Border Guards from 1955 to 1991, when the Soviet Union finally collapsed. It also contains a collectors/buyer’s guide as well as ancillary information on Soviet orders, medals, awards and graduation badges.


This book covers all uniforms issued and worn by the Marshal of the Soviet Union, Marshals, Generals and all field rank officers from 1955 to 1991. It features a well researched and illustrated history of each type of uniform, the period it was approved for and how it was made.
However, this book is not just about describing and showing pictures of Soviet officers’ uniforms. It contains a comprehensive collector’s and buyer’s guide, designed primarily to help enthusiasts identify what they might wish to purchase. It provides anecdotes of the author’s purchasing experiences, including the various traps awaiting the inexperienced uniform collectors. Its contents will help any student of the Soviet military identify uniforms properly, and hopefully distinguish an original from a reproduction.

Independent Reviews

"If you have an interest in the uniforms of the USSR then this is a 'must-have'. I have not come across such a good book on this topic before and the publication is highly recommended. Those collectors of USSR uniforms will find that this book is a necessity and it could help them avoid being sold inaccurate uniform combinations." –

Additional Information

Period covered: 1955-1991


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