There is another version with pockets without flaps, that is the actual working jacket, there is also a version with fur collar for NCO and maybe higher.
Funny thing is, this version in the m69 regulations book is on the same page as work jackets, and the shinel is still shown
as combat winterwear.
But in the 73 regs it is shown on multiple pages as normal uniform, and also on a page with work uniforms, and the shinel is
still in the drawings with full combat gear, and the fur collar version is seen as officer wear.
These might have started out as work jackets, but may have been introduced later as combat gear, because it is just a lot
more comfortable than the huge shinel, and there are lots of pics of these jackets in use in Chechnya by normal infantry,
and also artillery
Last edited by michelwijnand; 04-25-2012 at 03:55 PM.