SH93 [SHTRAFBAT DIVISION] Vintage Russian Spetsnaz Jacket
Re-Purposed Russian BDU Jacket from the Spetsnaz Forces. Prints by MIR.
COLORS: OLIVE DRAB
SIZES: MD, LG, XL
*************SIZE CHART(in inches)*******************
MODEL IS 6'1". HE IS WEARING A LARGE.
TO FIND YOUR SIZE:
MEASURE CIRCUMFERENCE OF YOUR CHEST AND MATCH IT TO THE CORRESPONDING SIZE ABOVE OR LAY FLAT A SHIRT THAT FITS YOU WELL AND MEASURE IT FROM ARMPIT TO ARMPIT. MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 2 AND MATCH IT TO ONE OF THE SIZES ABOVE.
ABOUT THE DESIGN:
These tough military surplus jackets belonged to Russian Spetznaz forces around the fall of the Soviet Union. Spetsnaz are the elite forces, similar to the American Navy Seals. These are light jackets, without a liner. They have two chest pockets and two really cool pockets on the back bottom. Drawstring waist.
On the back is the SHTRAFBAT (~shtra'afba'at) logo. It comes from the Russian term "Shtrafniye Battal'yoni" meaning "Penalty Battalions". It was the name given to the penal battalions that were drafted from various prisons and camps around USSR during World War II. Inmates were told that if they joined the army to fight the Germans and help the Motherland, then their sentences would be commuted and they would go free after the war. Needless to say that after the war was won, Stalin ordered those inmates who served in the SHTRAFBAT to be put right back where they came from, the "Zona" (prison).
On the front is the MIR Eagle logo. This type of Eagle was a powerful anti-establishment and anti-authority tattoo during the 50's and 60' . In Russian prison subculture, this type of symbol was usually meant to show disdain for the system and the Communist government. The eagle conveys the message "Strike first, Dont wait for them to hit you!"
MIR is a Russian word for "peace". But its an acronym for "Menya Ispravit Rastrel" meaning "Execution will Reform Me".
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