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Russian Military Ordered To Switch To Socks
warnewsupdates ^ | January 15, 2013

Posted on 01/16/2013 3:18:20 AM PST by JoeProBono

Near the end of World War II, Soviet and American soldiers met at the Elbe River in Germany. Lacking a common language, they compared their boots.

The Americans wore socks and lace-up boots. The Russians wore something that boggled the minds of their allies from the West: pieces of cloth twirled around their feet and inserted into bulky, knee-high boots.

The cloth strips, called portyanki, have been a signature element of the Russian military uniform since the 16th century. On Monday Russia’s minister of defense issued an order for a militarywide switch to socks.


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: socks


1 posted on 01/16/2013 3:18:29 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Wow, didn’t know the russians lagged behind in footwear technology...


2 posted on 01/16/2013 3:24:07 AM PST by GraceG
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Well, maybe it was like a U.S. helmet, useful for numerous things. IT could double as a tourniquet, bandage or scarf. In the modern LGBTQXYZ U.S. military, it could also be used as a babushka.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 3:29:30 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: JoeProBono

They look warm anyway.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 3:32:53 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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5 posted on 01/16/2013 3:39:13 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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6 posted on 01/16/2013 3:39:47 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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"This system of footwear had its principal advantage in military-industrial planning and logistics, freeing up Soviet factories from sewing millions of socks and allowing soldiers to tear wraps from old sheets in the field, if needed. During the Afghan war, however, Russian soldiers soured on the heavy boots; officers allowed soldiers to shed them for nonregulation running shoes."

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/russian-military-ordered-to-switch-to-socks/

7 posted on 01/16/2013 3:42:33 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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8 posted on 01/16/2013 4:28:11 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: JoeProBono

I read somewhere that when the Russkies got to Berlin, they thought toilets were foot washers...............


9 posted on 01/16/2013 4:30:52 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JoeProBono

I am Russian so it is okay for me to crack Russkie jokes


10 posted on 01/16/2013 4:32:27 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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11 posted on 01/16/2013 4:35:49 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

My great grandmother hated the Communists, so she dragged my grandmother and great aunt clear across Russia, train station to train station to get closer to where they could cross to China, then they did cross to China.

However, they were all in China when the Japanese invaded and they got to spend 3 years in a Japanese concentration camp along with my dad who was 10 then and my uncle.

It was quite the ordeal.


12 posted on 01/16/2013 4:40:23 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: GraceG

It probably works like taping your ankles in addition to warmth. Less foot fatigue.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 4:45:26 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: yldstrk

Before WWII, the vast majority of Russians still used outhouses.


14 posted on 01/16/2013 5:02:23 AM PST by varyouga
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To: JoeProBono

I am inclined to take anything that the Russian infantry uses to keep their feet from freezing seriously


15 posted on 01/16/2013 5:15:44 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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In WWII the Germans did their best to steal Russian POWs’ warm boots. The Germans’ boots were horrible in cold weater while the Russians’ really worked well.


16 posted on 01/16/2013 5:44:56 AM PST by libstripper
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17 posted on 01/16/2013 5:53:15 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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Another one of our military secrets compromised.


18 posted on 01/16/2013 7:57:31 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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19 posted on 01/16/2013 8:01:28 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: varyouga

***Before WWII, the vast majority of Russians still used outhouses.***

So? Our kin used outhouses up until 1960 on the High Plains. And I used an outhouse up until 1956, and I’m NOT talking about National forest pit toilets which are the same and still in use.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 8:22:26 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: JoeProBono

My dad almost started Patton’s war with the Russians at that time.


21 posted on 01/16/2013 8:24:48 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: varyouga

Adter WWII< many Americans still did. My dad and mom’s side both had them. My dad didn’t see a flush toilet in the house until 1955. Hell, many enlistees into the military used their first flush toilet then.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 8:39:03 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: JoeProBono
Wtf .. over ?

LOL

23 posted on 01/16/2013 12:34:42 PM PST by tomkat ( .. shall not be infringed)
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To: varyouga
Until about 1960.ish, as a tyke, a visit to my paternal grandparents' farm included both an outhouse and, for visits of more than a day or two, a galvanized 'bathtub' in the middle of the kitchen floor.

They had electric, and even a big radio, but plumbing lagged awhile.

24 posted on 01/16/2013 12:40:20 PM PST by tomkat ( .. shall not be infringed)
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I also used a outhouse up to the middle 60’s, fighting them wasp and yellow jackets now them were the days, old enough to remember helping dig the first cesspool when we installed the bathtub and toilet bowl , in the summer we took a bath down at the river or in the wash and rinse tubs on the wringer washing machine.(don’t miss those good old days at all)


25 posted on 01/16/2013 12:56:32 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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