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The Finnish m36 Uniform
|Page 1 - The M/36 Uniform||Page 3 - Membership Application Information|
|Page 2 - Approved Weapons||Page 4 - Correct Insignia for Uniforms / Badges of Rank|
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an interest in becoming a part of Kev Os 4? Then request an application from
Steve Wilson. When completed send it and one years dues to John Mitchell. When
approved, and all pertinent Finnish biographical information is sent to
Steve, the Sotilaspassi should reach you within six to eight weeks. This is
your official unit Pass book. It must accompany you at each event you attend.
Thanks for your interest and welcome aboard!" S.Vilhonen (Steve
Wilson). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Important note: All you need to get started is a Finnish style T-shirt (henley), boots, grey pants, a proper hat, and a proper rifle. We can help you get this gear together!!! Contact us if you are interested in joining the group and we will help you get all the gear together.
|Correct gear for Winter War Event Front and rear of M36 Winter Tunic, rucksack (one color type), blanket, breadbag, e-tool with carrier, field bottle, grenade and puukko knife. Breadbag and field bottle are required. Other items are recommended but not required. M36 Cap With enlisted cockade, m36 pants and leather soled boots are also required. The boots can be East German Jackboots. These match the Finnish boots almost exactly and can be found through many internet surplus stores.|
|To the left are the approved service pins. The upper is infantry and the lower is ski/bike light infantry. You may use either type in KevOs 4 but choose only one set for use. You do not have to have either set on your uniform if you so desire.|
Correct gear for Continuation War Event
<---- On far left, Summer M36 Tunic, infantry, M36 cap with cockade,
Brown belt, and (Notice) undershirt. The Finnish M36 summer tunic
may be used in warm events.
On the near left, Finnish M36 Winter Tunic, infantry, M36 cap with cockade, and
Finnish Lion Crest belt.
This is the official tunic on the unit and we can help you find the
proper tunic and pants.
There is no need for rank or service patches. If you want to use
service tabs that is ok but they MUST be infantry or light infantry.
NO RANK COLLARS-ONLY THE UNIT ASSIGNS RANK
Wartime Photo of a Finnish soldier in a summer tunic
Finnish Uniform M/36 had three kind of pants:
- Long aka straight leg pants
- Boot pants (bagged upper legs)
- Horse rider's pants (bagged upper legs and hatch closed with buttons located in the groin)
All of these were made from coarse cloth fabric, but officers could also privately purchase pants made from diagonal cloth. The pants were similar as the ones used in earlier M/27 uniform. All strait leg pants had slightly bias-cut (beveled) in-sewn front pockets (one pocket per side), just above left front pocket was small in-sewn watch pocket. In the waist just above the watch pocket was slit closed with button, to which the fob of the watch could be attached. The pants also had in-sewn back pockets (one in each side), which were closed with buttons (1 button for each pocket). All pants had tighteners about 10 cm long, which allowed waists of the pants to be adjusted. The tighteners were attached with two-spiked patent-clips, which had been either painted black or blued. The tighteners were needed as belt loops were not used in M/36 pants until after the war. If needed the pants could be kept up with suspenders, for which the buttons had been located to their waist-line. Waist in all M/36 pants was about 2 inches high. Slit existed in the waist right in middle of back, it was slightly higher then the waist of the pants. Leather loop had been sewn inside the pants in place of this slit. The pockets formed part of the pants lining. Legs of the pants had no lining, it existed only in upper part of pants. Buttons were typical buttons with exact model depending manufacturer of pants, but in general they originally were made from black metal, while during the war buttons made from bakelite became more and more common. Officers and professional soldier NCO's could use coloured stripes in outside side of the pant lengths. These stripes were used only in privately acquired pants. Also reserve NCO's and enlisted men could wear these stripes until 1941, but seems to have been was very rare.
The most usual pants stripe colours:
- Dark green = Infantry, Light Infantry, Border Guards
- Red = Artillery, AA-artillery
- Violet = Engineers, Signal Corps
- Yellow = Cavalry
- Black = Armoured troops
- Bright blue = Supply troops, Air Force
These stripes in infantry pants (they vary deping Service Arm and got also otherwise changed in 1941, so there was lot of variation, I assume you are planning infantry pants):
- 1936-1940: Officers: 2.5-cm wide stripe, NCO + enlisted men: 2-cm wide stripe
- 1941-1945: Officers: 2.5-cm wide stripe, NCO + enlisted men: piping
Jarkko Vihavainen - Jaeger Platoon
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