On July 27, stamps dedicated to military uniform of the Red Army and Navy of the USSR were put into postal circulation in the On the 80th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 series


Uniforms and insignia of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army changed every few years, conforming to the immediate demands and requirements of the times. Despite the fact that in most cases, the changes were non-essential, the history of the Red Army uniform had its turning points.

All clothing was of the khaki color. Caps with bands of different color (the color signified the military branch) were intended for the key corps staff. Bright insignia were worn on standing up-turn down collars of service shirts, and were also attached to the sleeves. A single-breasted greatcoat with a flap collar, with collar patches of the color indicative of the military branch and insignia was intended as winter clothing. Woolen padded jackets and woolen quilted trousers were also in use. The winter headgear was fur caps with earflaps.

The military branches were to be differentiated by the color of collar patches, edgings on uniforms, edgings and bands of caps. The transition to the new uniform was prescribed to be started from October 1, 1941, and finished by the end of 1942. However, this transition was not completed on time. In the winter of 1941-1942, a more comfortable winter uniform was used for the first time. The Red Army men received padded jackets, quilted trousers, and synthetic fur caps with earflaps. Officers were provided with sheepskin half-length coats or fur-lined coats. In 1942, the Soviet Union began to receive uniform articles from the United States and Canada under the Lend-Lease.

The postage stamps provide images of service personnel in the 1942 uniform: a driver and a convoy commander; a battery commander and a gun aimer; a military sanitary train commander and medical orderlies; a communications battalion commander and a signalwoman.

In addition to the issue of the postage stamps, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Feodosia of the Republic of Crimea, Kaliningrad, Kerch of the Republic of Crimea, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sevastopol, Volgograd, and Yevpatoria of the Republic of Crimea.

Design Artist: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 30 rubles.
Stamp size: 37×50 mm, sheet size: 168×177 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 12 (4×3) stamps.
Quantity: 120 thousand each stamp (10 thousand each sheet).

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