Gymnasterka is a Russian military shirt-tunic which is a pullover with standing collar with double button closure, none or two upper chest pockets. It had provisions for shoulder boards and reinforced elbows and cuffs. The M35 version had a stand and fall collar which was replaced with the standing collar in the M43 version.The Original M35 version had hidden buttons. The gymnasterka was originally introduced into the czarist army around 1900 and was abolished by the Red Army in in 1921. It was reintroduced in 1935 and finally abolished for good in 1965.
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