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Army enlisted man belt, dated 1982.

In genuine leather, with solid brass buckle showing the star with hammer and sickle emblem. Fully extended, about 46" from end to end; will easily fit up to waist size 44" and can be cut or easily adjusted to fit smaller sizes. Marked on the inside by the Marxist Factory in Leningrad with a 1982 date of manufacture.

The belt is in excellent condition, free of excessive wear or significant scuffs. The leather is still soft, pliable and clean showing only light mildew stains that are not too detractive and may wash off. The buckle shows just minimal amount of verdigris, no scratches or dents.

The buckle of this type was initially introduced for the Suvorov military schools early during the war, and later on was adopted for use by regular army units. In 1970s-80, the "Deluxe" model of the belt in real leather (albeit low- grade) was issued to EM and NCOs serving in elite "showcase" units or deployed abroad in Warsaw Pact countries such as East Germany. This kind of belt is scarcer than the standard issue Soviet EM / NCO belts in cheap ersatz leather.

/Similar to Shalito, Red Army Uniforms..., page 89; see also Field Equipment of the Infantry, 1914-1945 by Robert Fisch, Page 29 fig. 53./

Item# 36491

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