Hello everyone and welcome to this new video of uniform presentation. Today I have the honor to present you the Soviet uniform worn during the end of the war, I named the Soviet outfit M43. Above all, I must prevent you with some information. First of all, I don’t pretend to know everything. So if you have any comments on the outfit I’ll introduce you, then you probably know more than me. Second, it is not intended to be a reference in the matter: do not save yourself of the pleasure of searching for your own information in books, in magazines or on the Internet. With WW2 photos, it could be easy to contradict me, but it’s not because there is a picture of something it was regulatory, and it’s not because there is no picture of a thing it hadn’t exist. I’ll present you only what I wear to save you from a 2 hours video. You will find the entire list-kit in the video’s description with the corresponding timing. FOLDING THE PLASTCH PALATKA In this first part, learn how to fold the half tent “Plastch Palatka” in the same way that soldiers of the time. Put the tent on a flat floor. Try removing the creases to have the cleanest folding possible. Then we fold the 4 corners to the center. Be careful to place the corners so that the edges are aligned with the edge of the adjacent part. If you wish to permanently close your tent, you can attach a string to the holes available on each edge of the folded triangles. Then fold one end over a few centimeters, to break the shape of the corner. Reproduce the same operation on the opposite side. Then be placed in front of the third corner and start folding the canvas to form parallel strips which will thus increase in length to each new bend. Try to keep the same bandwidths. Arrange to it to be flatter as possible. Stop when you reach the center of the canvas and reproduce the same handlings on the last corner, the opposite of it. Arrange the two parties so that they are parallel and fold the first two corners underneath these. Prepare the strap that allows you to block your tent once completion of folding. Fold in half the items we prepared to do more than one form, and fold both edges to make a stick. We can now place the strap to lock the two ends of the tent. Of course, this last operation is to do if you want to wear the Plastch Palatka on shoulder. If you want to place it on your backpack model M39 or M41, you will hang the tent with straps to place around the bag, and this without proceeding to the last bend that brings together both ends. The outfit I’m going to present is introduced in February 1943 to renew the 1935 uniform. So every soldier receives two uniforms with the same cut, but not the same material. The light outfit, in cotton was the most widespread. This is the one I’ll introduce you. Another M43 uniform was in wool and was also distributed for the winter seasons. The purpose of this uniform M43 was to restore the shoulders pads of the tsarist era, to highlight the patriotic side of the uniforms. Then the east war becomes the “Great Patriotic War”. Pants, “Charovari” in Russian, are made of cotton. It is khaki color with reinforced knees and a lace on the calf, to facilitate its insertion in boots, or to easily place the leggings over. We find a martingale in the back, to make a first tightening at the waist. There are many manufacturers of pants but all have basically the same cut, with saddlebags, even if it’s pants for the troop. The M38 boots, “Sapogi” in Russian, are made of leather with a rubber sole, so the cold goes slower in the feet. The boots were reserved primarily for men at the front, while the low boots with leggings were more used to the rear. The boots allow to easily crossing humid fields, but really should be at the size of the soldier, or he’ll lose them quickly. These are East Germany boots, identical in all points to M38 Soviet model, except the pattern of the sole, the M38 boots have a sole with small molded points. These postwar boots are findable at a price accessible to all. There are many models of M43 jackets (in Russian: Gymnastierka). Made in cotton, the most widespread of all the shirts distributed from February 1943. Early models didn’t have breast pockets and no elbow patches. It closes with three visible buttons on the front and has two buttons to close the collar. Each sleeve closes with two buttons and a button closes each pocket. A white collar was to place inside the collar. The shoulder boards are green with purple border, specific to the infantry. We see by the fact they are virgins, I am a simple soldier, or “Krasnoarmeets” in Russian. The side cap, or Pilotka, is the prescribed headgear that can be found most often on old photographs. It was made in khaki canvas, but we could find, like other elements of this outfit, many colors of fabric. We find an enameled red star for the start of the war, which later became Green from 1941. But the green stars have come to be added (and not replace) to pilotka featuring red stars, so it is not impossible to see red stars in 1943. Note by the way the simplistic shoulders boards of simple soldier’s rank. The webbing of the soldier, when he goes into battle, can be very varied and it depends on the instructions given by his superiors. So here we have a light version, scheduled to make an assault without bringing unnecessary elements. Example: the bread bag will not be carried away, Soviet assaults are rarely expected to last several days. Everything will be grouped in the backpack, I’ll introduce it you. On the belt of our soldier, we start with the essential accessory for any self-respecting fighter. The PPS43 pouch was also used for the PPSh-41 curved magazines, the size of magazines being compatible. This is a postwar model, easy to find, and very close to the original model. The pouch may contain 3 magazines of 35 cartridges. There are many types of canteens and different covers. This is an aluminum canteen slipped into a canvas cover, which attaches to the belt by the flap that buttons on the front, retaining the canteen in its case. The canteen is a sanded postwar model, canteens at the time being aluminum color. A lace lets you lock the gourd in its cover. The disadvantage of this type of cover is that the set must be removed from the belt to be able to use, unlike a cover with a loop on the belt, held by a single hook. Shovel (Lopata in Russian) is part of the individual tools available within a section. Again, there were several types of cases. It is made of canvas, closed by a leather strap. The shovel contained in it is made of steel and wood. The edge of the shovel shown here isn’t straight as the German shovels, but this model with the straight sharp existed in Soviet side. If you have an original shovel with holes on the side of the blade, so that he is a tsarist shovel that was “censored”. The model I present here is dated 1946, but has no difference with the WW2 model. Having a postwar shovel is cheaper, without losing quality. The whole is mounted on a belt made of canvas and leather, reserved for the EM, which is democratized in 1938 because less expensive to produce than the leather belt. To overcome the lack of practicality of the assault bag model 30, a new type of backpack was developed in 1939, on which we find the half tent Plastch Palatka. The Plastch Palatka could wear either placed around the bag M39/M41 type or on shoulder, when there was no bag or it was the M30 assault bag, presented in a previous video. It could also serve as a poncho for camouflage, and protect you from the rain. The M39 backpack was equipped with two straps, divided into two straps at the ends: one for hanging on the bottom of the bag, and another for hanging on the Mosin pouches, if they were equipped with upper loops. Our soldiers don’t wear it here, so he stuck them in the other two straps. This bag was designed to carry all the toilet supplies, food, and was different from M41 model by its edges flaps made of leather, M41 backpack being made with canvas. The submachine gun PPS43 is the direct successor of the PPSh-41. Aimed at the base for tankers and scouts, the PPS43 had a first version, the PPS42, with wooden pistol grips. But for reasons of economies, these plates were removed to create the PPS43. It is about 3kg (empty) and shoots ammunition of 7.62 Tokarev, like the PPSh-41. It has a rate of fire of 650 rounds per minute. Its folding stock enabling it to be easily used in building and light weight avoids to easily carrying it. This is a demilitarized PPS43. Although its bolt and its trigger are still mobile, the barrel is totally sealed, welded and holes. It won’t be possible to unsolder it without destroying the front of the weapon. Besides the fact that this manipulation is totally illegal. It is equipped with a PPSh-41 sling. You’ll have noticed by the pouches, ammunition and sling: equipment of PPS43 was designed to use the existing of the PPSh-41. Only magazines were not compatible. When it was time for the assault, the Soviet soldier will quickly drop his backpack, useless in combat. The light equipment transported allows him to be fast and mobile, and the use of PPS43 allows it to burst more easily than with the use of a Mosin Nagant. Indeed, the enlisted men from Soviet army could use machine guns, this depending on the availability of weapons, contrary to the German armies that had mostly Mauser, except the section chief, which had the MP40. If we were to situate the use of this outfit, we could put between spring and autumn, this from 1943 until the end of the war. This outfit is characteristic of the Battle of Berlin. SUMMARY The M35 trousers didn’t change throughout the war. Very similar M44 trousers were developed but not widespread. It has reinforced knees and has a lace on each calf to facilitate its insertion into the boots or leggings installation. Passers allow placing a belt that will complement the present martingale in the back. This is a US belt, not inconsistent with the “Lend-Lease” program. We can see here that the knees are wet, hence the color difference. The M38 boots or Sapogi, are made of leather that could be smooth or grainy. The sole is rubber with small molded points, unlike here, where the sole has a postwar schema. The boots were preferred in combat, unlike the low boots + leggings, rather provided for the rear. The advantage of having a rubber sole is the cold rises slower in the feet, unlike with German nailed boots. M43 Jacket (or Gymnastierka) replaces the M35 Jacket, in order to strengthen the patriotic character of the uniform. Thus, the shoulder boards so appreciated by tsarist are back. There has also been a transitional model between the M35 and the M43 blouse: it is a M35 jacket without grades on the collar, but crafted with added shoulder boards. This is the M35/43 jacket. On the M43, you will add a binder collar inside, rudely sewed, and to go slightly over the front of the neck. Early models didn’t have breast pockets, and it is expected that the jackets brighten over time, as the vintage jackets. The police cap, or side cap, called Pilotka in soviet, was the regulatory headgear in most circumstances. He could even be found in combat, the Pilotka being compatible to wear under the helmet. The Pilotka is mainly made of cotton, but there were also woolen models. A red or green star is to put in front of the cap. In function of the situation in which Soviet soldiers were, they could have more or less equipment on them. This is why in our case, mobility is the key to success, the webbing will therefore light. So we find a PPS43 pouch, also used for PPSh-41 curved magazines, a canteen, placed directly on the belt in the cover by the lock flap. The whole is placed on a canvas and leather belt. And finally on the right, we find a straight shovel in steel with wooden handle, placed in a canvas cover and closure in leather. This accessory, in addition to being a weapon, was necessary to dig trenches or digging the graves of comrades. The backpack model 39 was equipped with loops for hanging the Plastch Palatka, half tent also serving as poncho. This backpack allowed to carry the rest of the equipment of the soldier, as the bowl, clothes, food and weapon cleaning kit. If the soldier was equipped with cartridge with a loop, it was possible to hang the straps of the bag, with these hooks, to distribute the weight carried on the upper body. The PPSh-41 was quite expensive to manufacture, and at a rate that made it difficult to be able to save ammunition, PPS43 was a natural evolution, more economical version. Made entirely of metal sheets with a Bakelite pistol grip, it accepted curved magazine of 35 cartridges of 7.62 Tokarev, same ammunition as the TT-33 and PPSh-41. Its folding stock on top made it a great asset for buildings or for use in armored vehicles. For reasons of economy, the sling was the same as for the PPSh-41. Here’s now the end of this video of uniform presentation. I hope you enjoyed it, if that is the case, feel free to press the thumb up, to comment, to share this video and subscribe if it is not already the case. This will make me very happy in my heart. See you! 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