253rd Rifle Regiment 45th Division (74th Guards)


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Soldier! For accuracy and skill in battle, treat your rifle like your life depends on it!


Tovarisch Schmachinov  in M35 uniform. Note canteen and ammo pouch on equipment belt, gas mask bag slung over shoulder, Shelter half across chest, and M91/30 Rifle. Below Tovarisch Schmachinov is wearing the M43 uniform.


Uniform and equipment items for the 253rd
Pilotka (overseas cap)
M40 helmet
M35 or M43 gymnastiorka (shirt)
M35 or M43 galife (trousers)
Boots, leather with impregnated canvas uppers
Equipment belt, leather, open face buckle
Canteen with cover
Ammo pouches
Gas mask bag
Plash palatka (Rain poncho/shelter quarter)
Mess kit and spoon
Telogreika (padded winter jacket)
Vatnie sharovari (padded winter pants)
Wool overcoat
Ushanka (fur cap)
Weapons authorized for use:
Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifle (standard issue)
Mosin Nagant M38 carbine
Mosin Nagant M44 carbine
Ppsh-41 sub machine gun
Ppsh-43 sub machine gun
Pistols and Captured weapons at the discretion of Sgt. Schmachinov

Tovarisch Chuckov in M43 gymnastiorka, padded winter pants and Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifle.


Wearing the plash palatka as a rain cape.


One of many Russian sniper uniforms