12-20-2014 10:08 PM
Normally Naval Infantry would never wear any special standard of uniform.
Most of these troops originated from Navy and therefore would keep their uniform.
Those who came from infantry, artillery etc. would keep their respective collar tabs/gymnastiorkas trying to obtain as much Navy uniform pieces as possible i.e. beskozyrka/bushlat/telnyashka.
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for example 1 st Brigade of Naval Infantry (KBF) was established in sommer of 1941 year and fully completed with navy and coastal navy servicemen. They most KIA in the defence of the Tallinn, the Headbase of Baltic fleet. The brigade and remains of 10 rifle corps, defend the base within 3 days against 3 German divisions, 90 percent of them KIA. The uniform they wear was only navy uniform, as we can see them from the pictures, and from the battlefields, during the bodies reburial. The strange thing is only , the soldiers found in the Saarema island, Estonia, where the 6th Brigade fought, the navy uniform has the black collartabs on the overcoats, with white piping. It's unknown fact of use the tabs on the navy uniform
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No rules whatsoever. Everybody would wear whatever he/she had.
I would always go by period photos. Speaking as a re-enactor myself, I would not rely too much on what some groups wear as being 100% historically correct.
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Ah thank you!
I assumed the Navy much like the Army would have issued some wartime uniform regulations like when the M43 was introduced and the M35 was replaced but I'd venture a guess that the Army had vastly more resources at their disposal than the Navy did so I understand why it was 'You get what you're given' when it came to Naval Uniforms. I'm glad I cleared that up because another re-enactor I asked a while ago about the same inquiry stated the same thing "The further and faster they pushed, the further they got from Naval depots with uniform stores and since they would be advancing with the main bulk of the Red Army, they'd inevitably have some soldiers issued with Army uniforms as they had no naval uniforms to spare. So do you think they will take a sailor uniform from somewhere 2000 km far away back in a Naval depot or they will simply give you a Army Khaki uniform taken from a depot just some km behind the front?" So it does make sense!
I have another question if you do not mind, since the 83rd at the end of the war were called "83 Separate Infantry Novorossiysk Danube Twice Red Banner Order of Suvorov II degree Marine Brigade" as part of the Black Sea Fleet, so on their Bezkozyrka sailor caps, would the tally have said "Черноморский Флот" similar to this post-war modern one?
And thank you Adrian, I've seen you and the 2nd Guard's at Military Odyssey and War & Peace almost every year unfortunately I always seem to miss the Eastern Front battle when I arrive a bit too late!