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Finnish civil guard ww2

Post  pedroalfonso on Sat 30 Oct 2010, 2:08 am

Do you know the rank badges of the Finnish civil guard during ww2?

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Re: Finnish civil guard ww2

Post  ChrisF202 on Sat 30 Oct 2010, 3:34 am

I found this on Wikipedia and as such I am not sure how accurate it is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Guard_%28Finland%29#Dress_and_insignia
The rank insignia was rather different from modern Finnish insignia. In principle, the enlisted did not have a rank system, and there was only one officer rank (suojeluskuntaupseeri), marked by a single metal spruce branch worn on the collar. However, task-specific insignia was used instead. Underofficers wore a chevron pointed downwards, and chiefs of local chapters wore 1-4 horizontal bars, the number depending on the size of the chapter. It must be kept in mind that Suojeluskunnat were a civilian organization and many members did not have formal military training. Those members who had served in the military held a separate rank in reserve.

Uniforms were Swedish and German-style and in "field gray" (Feldgrau) color.

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Finnish civil guard ww2

Post  pedroalfonso on Sat 30 Oct 2010, 5:37 am

Thanks for the reply.

In mosin nagant web a svastika appears as a rank badge of a NCO and a fir twig as an officer. Both badges are on the collars and on the shoulder straps are the branch symbol (crossed rifles for infantry, crossed sabres for cavalry,...).

Please, correct me if Im wrong.

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Re: Finnish civil guard ww2

Post  wfrad on Sat 30 Oct 2010, 7:43 pm

Maybe not exactly what you may want but I thought they may be of interest.
http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t322680/
http://www.kevos4.com/Miikka_Teras_Collection.htm
http://www.kevos4.com/civil_guard_summer.htm
The Lotta seems to have been one of those organizations that were taken for granted, doing a great deal behind the scenes with little international recognition.
http://www.lottamuseo.com/eng/eng_lottapuku.html

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