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SOVIET GENERAL AND FIELD RANK OFFICER UNIFORMS: 1955 to 1991

ADRIAN STREATHER    Book Number: 72480    Product format: Paperback

How the author became a collector of Soviet military uniforms is a long and complicated story, but it seems that he is not the only person so afflicted, as post-Stalin, pre-1991 (Glasnost) Soviet memorabilia is extremely popular at present, and Cold War military items are in particularly high demand. This comprehensive and staggeringly detailed guide covers all uniforms worn by the Marshal of the Soviet Union, Marshals, Generals and all field rank officers from 1955 to 1991 on land, sea and air, plus border and intelligence services. With colour (mainly) and b/w photos throughout, it features a well-researched history of each type of uniform, the period it saw service and how it was made, from the boots to the epaulettes. So far so good for the military historians, but the book really comes into its own for collectors and buyers, allowing enthusiasts to identify what they want and providing a great many anecdotes from the author's extensive purchasing experiences, frequently very funny. He outlines the many traps for the unwary, many of which are peculiar to the Soviet market, as a great many genuine and extremely well faked items are out there, hailing particularly from former Soviet bloc states - the golden rule, as ever, applies - "if it looks brand new, then it probably is." Any genuine item from the period, even if it had never been worn, would be between 20 and 60 years old and will be showing its age, so beware the shiny button and sharp crease! 128pp softback.
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ISBN 9781845842673
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