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Soviet 1970s parade uniform for a war veteran of the Soviet air force, the VSS. The uniform was acquired from a large swedish collection where it has been for the last decade. The awards include the medal for Victory as well as the medal for combat service and medal for guarding the Soviet state border. As always with this award as well as certain sought-after decorations, we put a caveat - while worn, we cannot conclude on its authenticity. The awards are mounted in the pre-1980s fashion along the collar of the uniform, mounted on suspensions that are attached by screwplates. The ribbons are all worn yet some have obviously been changed over the lapse of the career. Other awards include the medal for Veteran serviceman and awards for 20 and 15 years of irreproachable service.
The shoulder boards are golden with two blue stripes and carry three large silver stars each for the rank of colonel. The collar tabs, which are sky blue felt, carry the insignia of the air force, a winged propeller.
The uniform holds a impressive array of late Soviet awards including above mentioned Medal for Combat service, the Medal for Guarding the Soviet state border, the medal for Victory over Germany, the medals for 20th, 30th and 40th anniversary of the Victory over Germany, the medals for 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of the armed forces, medals for 20 and 15 years of irreproachable service and the medal for 1500th anniversary of Kiev. The Kiev medal as well as the medal for the 40th anniversary of the Victory are separately attached to the uniform. Mounted correctly above all awards is the military version of the 100th anniversary of Lenins birth. On the wearers left is the Order of the Patriotic War II class, a brass 1960s pilot wing 2 class, an early Parachutist badge and an academy level graduation badge as well as a Red Guards badge and the 1970 badge for 25th anniversary of the Victory.
The size of the uniform is 52 russian or about 40US. The visor cap is a size 58. The uniform comes with matching dark blue, sky blue piped trousers for wear with shoes. The belt is not included, but recommended as a separate and optional purchase. Overall, the uniform is in great condition but shows limited wear from time and storage.
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