Red Army Pocket litter
I am always facinated with the stuff soldiers keep in their pockets and haversacks. I have nothing on Red Army troops.
What are some o f the things they carried? (I know id cyclinders, spoons, and rifle cleaning gear) but notebooks, jack knives, sewing kits, matches, lighters, manuals, patches for cleaning the rifle bore- were they flannel l like the Brits, or stringy things like Germans?
Also, I have read they carried a camo net for their own camo use- does any one have photos of this?
I know Red Army troops liberated lots of German bikes- did they have an army issue model?
for your help, thanks!
06-06-2010 12:53 AM
Re: Red Army Pocket litter
There are a lot of questions here jadhorn
Here is a good link to matchbox labels:
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Lighters were ofter of the trench art type & there is a thread on the forum about this.
I understand that lighters were more available than matches.
Tobacco pouches were a common item - an oval drawstring fabric pouch, often with patriotic slogans embroidered on them. Cigarette paper was rarely obtainable, so scrap paper was used - especially newspaper.
Cleaning cloth would most probably be highly variable & possibly even scavenged; assuming they bothered to clean the rifles at all.
Camo nets were about a meter square & illustrations can be found in infantry training manuals, plus some posed photos- here is a link to the manuals:
I doubt that these were issued post 41 though