Discharged Soviet Soldiers

I did read that Soviet soldiers who were discharged were allowed to keep their clothing but not their equipment. (The Great Gatsby novel mentions how Jay Gatz was described by Wolfsheim as having worn his World War One uniform when they met because Gatz had no money to buy street clothes.) I assume every soldier who came back to civilian life had to wear their wartime outfits simply because no civilian clothes were available after World War Two?

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I think it’s too general - some people hat their civvies or were networked well enough to get new ones, and some people whose houses were destroyed by war, for example had to use whatever they could.
Have a nice day

Sometimes uniforms were re-tailored into civvies (Germany post WWll).
:smiley: :canada:

The book I have on SS uniforms did point out that the black party uniforms so often depicted in the movies proved unpopular once the war got big, namely because those people were seen as draft dodgers.

That happened all over the world after every war …

I have seen so much of them in a great theater collection at my education time ( men’s taylor )

And did you know that the Nationale Volksarmee - the army of the socialist Germany after the War had so many Wehrmacht uniforms, that they used them for decades, just with different badges?

I bet Killnoizer knew that, I just doidn’t see his post when writing mine :slight_smile:

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Yes, THAT was always a funny view for me at the German/ German Border ( with strange and heavy controlling by the kommunist Soldiers ) when they wear nazi Uniforms from head to the leather boots . So stupid they was :joy:

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I understand in the U.K. after WW2 on demob every serviceman was issued with one civilian suit, hat and pair of shoes along with a change of underwear, shirts, socks, and the like. They also retained their military clothing with insignia and the right to wear it for one year from their date of discharge. In practice battledress would be stripped of military identifiers and used as work clothing in agriculture, industry, and trades until it became too worn. Greatcoats could be dyed a dark colour for continued civilian use. I believe that insignia were quite quickly removed, at least by NCOs and lower ranks. I know my fathers’ decorations are still in the small cardboard packet they came in through the post, having never been worn. The same went for my maternal uncle’s, and his father’s for both World Wars (they were all together in one drawer in the Uncle’s undisturbed room when I finally had to clear the house a couple of decades after he had died).



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I think ‘demob’ suits were also given out at the end of WW1.