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Soviet M1969 parade uniform for a cold war era major of the artillery forces. The uniform originates from a european collection and has been kept there for the last years. The shoulder boards are golden with one large metal star each and the collar tab hold the crossed cannon barrel insignia on velvet black backing. Overall, the uniform is a standard army cut set yet in high quality wool. The uniform has a few spots from wear and the ribbons seems to be all-through original. Needless to say as this is a piece out of a collection, the Order of Lenin as well as the Order for Service to Motherland are copies and the medal for Guarding the Soviet State frontier is to be considered a re-strike. All of these are high quality and has obviously replaced originals that have been sold off separately.
The awards on the uniform indicate a career within the armed forces from the 1960s until the 1990s. The highest award that has been mounted on the uniform is a copy of the Order of Lenin followed by the impressive screwback Order for Service to Socialist Motherland III class. Further decorations include the mentioned Borderguard medal, the 1965 victory anniversary award as well as the medal for Veteran serviceman and medals for 50th, 60th and 70th anniversary of the armed forces and all three classes of the Irreproachable service medals for 20, 15 and 10 years of service. The medal for 100th anniversary of the birth of V.I. Lenin is the military version. On the wearers right is also a proficiency badge, Master level and a Red Guards badge.
The size of the uniform is about size 52 russian or 42US. The visor cap is marked as a size 57 and has a pressed cardboard visor. The trousers are for wear with shoes. A belt is not included, but is offered as an optional and recommended purchase.
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