Blue peak and maroon band, both piped in raspberry and distinctive of NKVD Troops uniforms. Fibre visor, plastic chinstrap is held by metal buttons. Red enameled star cockade. Black liner is stamped with 1941 manufacture date.
* Condition: Very good original condition -- showing very minor wear, NO moth damage.
A Bit of History:
The NKVD or People's Commisariat for Internal Affairs was a government department which handled a number of the Soviet Union's affairs of state. The NKVD is best known for the Main Directorate for State Security (GUGB), which succeeded the OGPU and the Cheka as the secret police agency of the Soviet Union. The GUGB was instrumental in Stalin's ethnic cleansing and genocides, and was responsible for massacres of civilians and other war crimes. Many consider the NKVD to be a criminal organization, mostly for the activities of GUGB officers and investigators, as well as supporting NKVD troops and GULAG guards. In addition to its state security and police functions, however, some of its departments handled other matters, such as transport, fire guards, border guard (NKVD Border Troops), etc., the tasks that were traditionally assigned to the Ministry of the Interior (MVD).
During WW2, NKVD troops did see some front line combat, but were more usually deployed as "blocking detachments" in the rear to prevent front line troops retreating. They were employed in the repression and mass deportation of ethnic groups suspected of being disloyal to the regime, both during and after the war, and in prolonged operations against anti-Soviet partisans in the Ukraine and Baltic republics which lasted into the early 1950s. With some 50 divisions their strength was equal to about 10% of the total man power of Red Army Rifle divisions in 1945.
Aside from combat units of the Red Army, Soviet state security forces fielded a large number of combat units during the war. At the beginning of the war, the NKVD Internal troops were greatly expanded to include rifles, cavalry, motorized and even airforce and naval units, 15 divisions in total. The NKVD special troops were further expanded during the final years of the war, eventually totaling 53 divisions and 28 brigades, not counting Border Troops. This was equal to about 10% of the total number of regular Red Army divisions. In some respects, the NKVD formations resembled the German Waffen-SS in terms of independence from the normal military structure. However, the NKVD troops were used mainly for internal security and repression, and were not heavily enough armed for front-line combat. Unlike the SS, they had no major armored or mechanized formations.
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