Probably nowhere in the army there footcloths, although our fathers and grandfathers who served in the Soviet armed forces probably know and remember what it is.
It should be noted that this is not an invention of the Soviet army. Puttees as military technology over thousands of years. First, they were worn with sandals and nsom traditional ancient clothing, leg wrappings but later gained immense popularity in the military. Why were they so popular? Today we will tell you about it, informs Rus.Media.
Footcloth – a simple and versatile garment
It’s the simplicity and versatility of footcloths made her so popular in the Russian army. In fact, in order to make the bindings fit almost any fabric – most importantly, that its size was sufficient. Right wound footcloth does not RUB the leg. Convenience – this is the second question: in the Russian armed forces combat readiness and safety of soldiers has always been more important than his personal comfort and convenience.
Footcloth in the hygienic sense, better sock
It’s hard to believe, but true: footcloth much faster drying, easier to wash, better absorb sweat and is overall more hygienic than socks. And finally, something very very hard to believe: footcloth almost does not stink, unlike socks.
Footcloth more durable and reliable
If during a RAID you have wet socks – it’s a disaster. To go wrong, they only need to dry. Footcloth in this case demonstrates the amazing reliability: in case of getting wet enough simply to rewind it again with a dry side. By the way, the same concerns and problems associated with holes and shreds. Holey socks it is better to throw away, while the puttee can just wind up again.
Footcloth warmer than sock
Even with a warm sock and some were not with the helmet. Her fabric retains heat even in freezing temperatures, what can be said about socks.
Puttees are worn faster than socks
There is still the old-fashioned way to wear portyanki in just a second. For this you need to wrap it and put them on the boots. In case of alarm, the soldiers just “jump” into the boots, automatically putting on puttees. Of course, for a long RAID or a forced March should rewind them in normal, but if it is an urgent alarm or unexpected construction, and so come.