Moscow: Upravlenie glavnogo nachal’nika snabzheniia R.K.K.A., 1922. Octavo (22 × 18 cm). Contemporary brown cloth, with original decorative wrappers preserved; 147 pp. with 13 leaves of illustrations to rectos and 5 fold-out patterns, some in color. Catalog to inside rear wrapper. Pre-war library stamp of a military book store to front wrapper, title and first page. Light soil to wrapper, small closed tears to appended patterns. Still about very good.
First and only edition of the illustrated manual detailing the design and construction specifications for the new uniform of the Red Army as prescribed by the order no. 322 in 1922. The publication provides sewing instructions for individual items of clothing, fabric type and color, size tables, images for various marks of rank and military distinction as well as the typescript to be used on uniforms. Established shortly after the 1917 Revolution, The Red Army of Workers and Peasants (RKKA: Raboche Krest'ianskaia Krasnaia Armiia) did not have a common uniform, with members of the army able to identify one another only by the red armband with the inscription “Red Army”, a red ribbon on their head dress, and in some units a red breastplate sewn or pinned to heir shirt. The fighters typically wore either civilian clothing or the uniform issued by the Russian Imperial Army with the distinction markers removed. In 1918, a competition for the design of new Red Army uniforms was announced by order no. 326, with prominent artists such as the painter Vasilii Vasnetsov and stage designer and painter Boris Kustodiev taking part in the insignia and uniform design. Issued in January 1922, order no. 322 strictly defined and regulated the uniform. After the publication of this manual and implementation of the uniform code, members of the Red Army were strictly forbidden to wear non-identified clothing. Provenance: from the inventory of a Lithuanian military bookstore (pre-war stamp: Karo Mokslo Skyriaus Knygynas); later in the collection of David R. Jones of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As of March 20220, no copies recorded in KVK, OCLC.
Book ID: P4650