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 Collector's Guide to military items used in the Finnish Army

This is Page 1:  Boots, Finnish Helmets, m36 tunics, coats,

gloves and other clothing

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Equipment issued to Finnish soldiers. Sk.Y publication Helsinki 1933

Manual for soldiers field gear maintenance

Confirmed Jan 1, 1934. for Enlisted Men

A soldier would have been issued 1 type of tunic, 1 type of rifle, 1 type of bayonet, etc.

Tunic m27

Tunic m22

Summer Tunic…

Pants m27

Pants m22

Summer pants

Field cap m27

Cap m22

Summer cap

Overcoat m27

Overcoat m22

Snow coat (winter whites)

Leather belt (buckle not mentioned)

Helmet

Mess kit

Canteen

Cup

Ruck sack

Box for gear (tornisteri) – tin or some type of metal field box

Bread bag

Bandolier

Mess kit leather straps

Leather straps for pack

Rifle model 91

Rifle model 24

Rifle model 28

Rifle sling with buckle

Rifle muzzle cover m91-24

Rifle muzzle cover m28

Bayonet m91-24

Bayonet m28

Bayonet frog m91-24 (metal holster)

Bayonet frog m91-24 (leather)

Bayonet frog m28

Bayonet m91-24 metal hooks

Bayonet m28 metal hooks

Rifle cleaner fluid

Oil bottle marked SY

SY cleaning kit for Rifle

Ammo pouch

1 ration rifle ammo (number of pieces of ammo not mentioned)

Not mentioned in the manual:

Blanket

Spork

Gas mask

Belt buckle

Cockade

Boots

Skis

Gloves

Underwear

Compass (group or officer gear)

Binoculars (group or officer gear)

Shovel and belt holder

Leather gloves

Sweater

Shaving kit or personal kit

Socks or cloths used as socks in  the Finnish Army

Dog tags

Suspenders or Y-Straps

All of these items are in the Kregel Collection. This section updated March 7, 2006

M36 Greatcoat with Captains (Kapteeni) bars on the sleeves. The shoulders have the pilots wings and Lions shields. Dated 1941.

M36 Greatcoat

M36 Greatcoat with Captains (Kapteeni) bars on the sleeves. The shoulders have the pilots wings and Lions shields. Dated 1941.

M36 Greatcoat with Second-lieutenant bar (Vanrikki) with crossed cannon shoulder insignia. Dated 1944 and used during the Continuation War.

M36 Greatcoat

M36 Greatcoat with Second-lieutenant bar (Vanrikki) with crossed cannon shoulder insignia. Dated 1944 and used during the Continuation War.

Wartime Felt boots on left. The boots on right have a turned-up toe for fitting into skis. 

Wartime Felt boots on left. The Finnish ski boots on right have a turned-up toe for fitting into skis. 

Finnish tankers helmet made by the Russians in 1936 for use with the t-26 tanks

Finnish tankers helmet made by the Russians in 1936 for use with the t-26 tanks

Top - Lieutenants Finnish Infantry M36 tunic.  Tunic with red collar is artillery.  Tunic with blue collar is a captain in the Supply Division attached to Headquarters. The light gray tunic is a Lieutenants Summer tunic with Infantry collar tabs.

Top - Lieutenants Finnish Infantry M36 tunic.  Tunic with red collar is Finnish Artillery.  Tunic with blue collar is a captain in the Supply Division attached to Headquarters. The light gray tunic is a Lieutenants Summer tunic with Infantry collar tabs.

Finnish sweater and 2 different neck scarves. The leather gloves on left have a separate index finger on the right glove for the trigger. The mittens have separate liners.

Sweater & Gloves

Finnish sweater and 2 different neck scarves. The leather gloves on left have a separate index finger on the right glove for the trigger. The mittens have separate liners.

Close-up shot of mittens and wool liners. The gloves have SA stamps.

Close-up shot of mittens and wool liners. The gloves have SA stamps.

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Italian and Czech helmets used during the Winter War

Finnish Helmets

Italian and Czech helmets used during the Winter War

The liners of the Italian and Czech helmets used in Finland

The liners of the Italian m33 and Czech m34 helmets used in Finland During the Winter War. The Italian helmet may have a post war chinstrap. I think the wartime chinstrap was leather. But, the helmet was repainted Finn green during the war (using a paintbrush).

Helmet on left is an Austrian WWI helmet with Finnish liner and paint. The helmet on right is a Hungarian model 36 with Finnish liner. 2 Finnish sidecaps with enlisted and officers cockades. The m36 billed hat has an enlisted cockade.

Finnish Helmets & Hats

Helmet on left is an Austrian WWI helmet with Finnish liner and paint. The helmet on right is a Hungarian model 36 with Finnish liner.

Variations on a theme. Notice the different wool colors. The middle hat, 2nd row, is the summer m36 hat with National emblem.

Variations on a theme. Notice the different wool colors. The middle hat, 2nd row, is the summer m36 hat with National emblem.

Long Underwear

The square cloths on right are actually socks. The underwear on left is made of linen and wartime stamped.

Finnish life vest made of cork blocks linked together.

Cork Life Vest

Finnish life vest made of cork blocks linked together.

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