Postwar Finnish m/36 Summer Blouse made in 1961.
The Finnish military m/36 Summer Blouse derive from the old Imperial Russian summer blouses. While the similarities of the m/36 Summer Blouse are not quite apparent, it is the last version of the summer blouses, all of which introduced some changes to the previous models. The post war m/36 Summer Blouses are essentially identical to the very late war issued m/36 Summer Blouses and they were used well into the 60’s – and even in the 2000’s for OpFor use, as by the author.
This summer blouse is made from the similar cloth as the wartime ones, but there is no colour difference between the face and reverse of the fabric. The blouse is essentially identical to the late war ones and without seeing the stamps it would be hard to tell the difference. Pocket, belt loop and epaulette buttons are modern plastic buttons and the front closure buttons are modern plastic ones. There are some fixes, repairs and tears here and there, but not anything significant.
The blouse is stamped with SA-cartouche, VPu Int 61 stamp for manufacturer name and manufacturing year of 1961. The size is 48 A, so it is the second smallest summer blouse the Finnish army ever issued. 48 A is for a 160 cm to 167 cm tall man with a chest circumference of 96 cm.
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