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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.
Field cap m27
Snow coat (winter whites)
Leather belt (buckle not mentioned)
Box for gear (tornisteri) – tin or some type of metal field box
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 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
1 ration rifle ammo (number of pieces of ammo not mentioned)
Not mentioned in the manual:
Compass (group or officer gear)
Binoculars (group or officer gear)
Shovel and belt holder
Shaving kit or personal kit
Socks or cloths used as socks in the Finnish Army
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 with Second-lieutenant bar (Vanrikki) with crossed cannon shoulder insignia. Dated 1944 and used during the Continuation War.
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
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.
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.
Italian and Czech helmets used during the Winter War
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).
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.
The square cloths on right are actually socks. The underwear on left is made of linen and wartime stamped.
Cork Life Vest
Finnish life vest made of cork blocks linked together.
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