Finnish Artillery Sergeant in winter camouflage smock
Finland supplied their troops with a white winter camouflage cover.
The camouflage top, is made of a fleecy cotton. It has an integral hood and two slits about waist level, so that when the jacket is done up the equipment can be accessed. There are four buttons on the front of the white top, and these buttons are made of a white pressed paper.
This Finnish soldier is an artillery sergeant, as shown by his red collar badges with the black border. The three yellow chevrons show his rank. He is wearing an early m/22 leather belt and buckle. This buckle is made of steel and has the Finnish lion inside a wreath in its centre. The three pocket ammunition pouch is surplus WW1 German stock, reinforced and reissued by the Finnish Army. He is also carrying a binocular pouch, marked [SA] on the lid, the leather shows a green color.
The tunic is the standard M1936 model with 6 bronze buttons. The M/36 woollen uniform was suitable for the winter conditions, but during the Winter War, 1939 - 1940, it was in short supply. The Finnish Army also issued a M/36 summer tunic for use during the more moderate months of the year.
This junior officer could carry a rifle and basic equipment, but he would also be required to carry out other tasks. It would not be uncommon for him to carry other equipment required for orienteering for the movement and setting of guns. He may carry maps, compass, binoculars, usually slung over his shoulder and carried to the rear.