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Martti Kujansuu wrote:I observed from the 1939-40 papers that most, if not all, of the Border Guard units had a large variety of different type of fur coats bought during different years. The most common one seems to have been a civilian-type sheepskin with cotton or viscose windproof fabric shell, one with wool shell was much rarer. The second most common one was unlined lighweight calfskin "fur" without a shell.
CanKiwi2 wrote:Any idea where the sheepskin came from? Finland not being known for sheep farming I assume it would have been imported? I was thinking perhaps Argentina or Australia/New Zealand may have been sources for sheepskin.
CanKiwi2 wrote:Did the wellington boots have felt linings or were they plain unlined boots and you wore your own socks / footwraps for insulation?
CanKiwi2 wrote:Wondered if that was true, that imported Australian kangaroo hide was used for Finnish fur hats?
CanKiwi2 wrote:And would this be a Finnish Army blanket and rucksack circa ww2?
AFAIK the ones there with the metal framing , so called "satulareppu" (saddle rucksack) were quite rare during the war.JTV wrote:Some photos of the Finnish wartime rugsacks:
http://www.pkymasehist.fi/phpBB2/viewto ... lit=+reppu
CanKiwi2 wrote:Groundsheet & blankets?
CanKiwi2 wrote:Were there any early sleeping bags in use?
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