Walking-out dress kitel tunic for Medical Corps Major General, circa late 1970s - early 80s.
Double-breasted, in light gray wool gabardine with red piping on lapel and cuffs, gold embroidery on lapels. Shoulder boards are in gold tress, piped in red, with embroidered Medical Corps insignia and gold stars piped in red. The sewn-in manufacturer's label on the inside breast pocket is of the Workshop #1 of the Moscow Voentorg (Military Retail Agency.) The buttons are dated 78 indicating late 1970s - early 80s as the likely period of manufacture for the tunic.
There are traces of several badges that were once worn on the right breast. On the left breast are sewn-in ribbon bars for 17 decorations and medals. Among them are Orders of the Patriotic War 1st cl., Red Banner of Labor, Red Star, Service to Homeland 3rd cl. and Badge of Honor, as well as Medals for Combat Service, Defense of Leningrad and Victory over Germany. These indicate that the owner not only was a WW2 veteran, but also had a long military career after the war (judging by his Order for Service to Homeland that was established in 1974 and awarded only to active duty military officers.)
Overall size is Medium / Large; The chest measures approximately 40", the sleeves (from cuff to shoulder seam) measure 25" and length from top of collar to bottom hem 29".
The tunic is in very good condition. There are no moth holes or nips visible anywhere, nor there are any excessive wear or soling on the usual spots such as collar or cuffs. There is small worn area in the corner of the right lapel, not too noticeable or detractive. The tunic is very clean overall with just a couple of tiny pinkish spots where the badges once were - these are also not very noticeable and can be easily covered if the new owner decide to redecorate the tunic with a few badges (something we would definitely recommend in this case!) On the back, there is faint trace of the belt that was apparently on the tunic for a long time. This is visible only on the back and of course would be covered by a belt. The silk liner has faint stains on the right, otherwise clean and free of any tears or snags. A very attractive and fairly uncommon uniform of a very high ranking medical officer (Soviet general shoulder boards with specific branch insignia are far less common than generic type.)
Shirt and tie not included.
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