*KAZ57 - original uniform made for approximately one year. I have had several parkas in this pattern, but I have never once seen the trousers in good photos or in person. There are tons of interesting features, but the easiest to note are foliage loops and full collar with hood. Original ones had no epaulettes, however they were later sewn on to conform to new standards for rank.
*KAZ?? (I call it KAZ58) - appears to be a non-designated transitionary uniform made for the year of 1959 only. It basically has some KAZ57 and some KAZ59 features which neither of the other uniforms combines (like epaulettes but with snaps like KAZ57 instead of buttons like KAZ59). I have the parka and trousers. Easy identification features are hood without collar and snaps all over the place. Snaps are opposite of norm with the male side attached to the exposed side, female on the interior side. Trousers follow with same features. The only ones I have ever seen are the ones I have, though I've had about a half dozen of the parkas.
*KAZ59 - common uniform consisting of long parka and trousers. Easy identification features are non-pleated billowed pockets and buttons on parka, integrated belt and button leg adjustments on trousers. Trousers are pretty hard to find or find in decent condition.
*KAZ69 - final version of the uniform. Short two pocket hooded jacket with flat pockets. Trousers have button down belt loops and no leg adjustment tabs. Officially worn until 1975, unofficially worn by reserves for a few years, worn by OPFOR well into the 1990s.
KAZ57 Armored Troops - it is documented to exist, but I've never seen either piece.
*KAZ59 Armored Troops - seen from time to time, though hard to get in complete and good shape. Often incorrectly described as "airborne" or some other such nonsense. Intended for vehicle crews of armored vehicles because the normal infantry uniform was impractical. Short hooded jacket with pleated pockets and both zippers and buttons for the closures. Trousers are the same way, however they originally came with removable leg adjustment straps. These consisted of camo straps with (IIRC) three buttons in order to adjust tightness. Also, the trousers have no hand pockets rather simple pass throughs (no flaps). I have a complete set. Clearly the need for the KAZ59 Armored went away when the KAZ69 was introduced since they were basically the same uniform.
*Large Rucksack - HUGE bastard! Big enough to put enough supplies for a weekend (including a case of beer ). The one I have is dated 1958 or 1959, I forget which, and is nearly identical to non-camo ones I've seen from the 1960s. So I think this was a short lived item that was replaced, for some reason, by a non-camo version. Only one I've seen I have.
*Medium Rucksack - similar to the Large version, in that it has three black leather straps to secure the camo flap over the gray cloth sack. I've seen a couple.
*Small Rucksack (Breadbag) - designed to be worn on the belt or attached to the Y-Straps. At one time very common. Still come up on eBay fairly often.
*Canteen Cover Model 1 - has integrated leather shoulder strap and no metal D-Ring clip. IIRC it has simple webbing belt loop attached. I've only seen one or two.
*Canteen Cover Model 2 - no provision for leather shoulder strap and has metal D-Ring clip on it.
*Shovel Cover - patterned after traditional fixed handled US model, complete with metal snap ring/post closure. I've only seen one type of model, though I imagine small production differences exist.
*Gasmask Bag - heavy construction with integrated rubberized sleeve for protecting the gasmask. Difficult to find and usually in bad condition due to the way the cloth rubbed on things when in use.
*Zeltbahn (Shelter Quarter) - reversible to gray Sumpftarn inspired pattern. As far as I know there is no tentpole bag for this.
*M43 Cap - unofficially, but commonly, used while in service. made in huge numbers out of used/damged Zeltbahns and later surplus Zelts after the market was flooded with them.
*Helmet Cover - same as above. For use with the US style pot helmet.
M43 Cap - a friend of mine in Austria found what appeared to be a cap that was POSSIBLY factory made. Unfortunately, it was at a show and by the time he got back around to the table it was gone. He still curses the fact that he didn't look at it too closely AND didn't buy it just in case. It appeared to not be the run-of-the-mill cap made from surplus shelters.
Hmmmm.... I think that's it.
As for non camo gear, I have some KAZ56 shirts (HBT green/gray), 1956 greatcoat, 1950s dated US style tanker boots (my size too!), quilted liners (1950s and 1960s), leather field gear, canteens, shovel, and probably some other bits and pieces of pre 1975 gear.
If anybody has anything that I've missed here, please chime in!!
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