Friday, October 1, 2010
V.D.V. _ Russian Paratroopers or the Foreign Legion
It's not only the marines in Russia (or previously the Soviet union) that adopted the French marinière for their uniform, it was and is pretty much their whole defense force.
The Paratroopers (or V.D.V.) are the most notorious, in their blue&white striped shirts. Every year on 2 August former troopers get drunk and bathe in fountains; it's the Airborne Forces Day, generally ending in drunkenness and violence (especially to everyone without a fair white skin and of another religion but Russian orthodoxy...).
At least it makes for interesting pictures, but personally, I'd rather be liberated by French Foreign legion troops than Russians.