As vest became an element in the form of Soviet paratroopers
• How vest became an element in the form of Soviet paratroopers
Vest has long been a garment exclusively sailors, but in Soviet times, it has removed and Airborne forces. To say thank you so much for the introduction of the steep garment in the form of modern forces commandos have "paratrooper №1" Vasily Filippovich Margelov. As it often happens, in promoting this kind of innovation, it was not easy.
The idea that the Marines can wear the vest, Margelov became promote back in the mid-1960s. This idea immediately found opponents. First and foremost was Admiral Sergey Gorshkov (the creator of the national nuclear missile fleet), who believed that the vest - a piece of clothing, emphasizing the heroism of sailors and naval officers. Together with Admiral opinion there were other high-ranking officials.
Note: there is a "legend" that Vasily Filippovich wanted to give units landing some easily recognizable, symbolic clothing that would be all "knew and feared."
However, despite the initial failure, Margelov on his idea did not. In fact, the need to give the paratroopers wore similar clothing is not only an ideological sense, but also utilitarian. Fighters had to ensure a comfortable and warm clothes. For a new vest Basil Filipovic fought until 1969, while in the Navy and in the High Command did not yield. So, July 6, 1969 order was issued the Minister of Defense of the USSR number 191, according to which the vest entered in the allowance airborne fighters.
Interesting fact: the complete support of all troopers vests took some time. In the first year only vest managed to revile those lucky ones that were held at a military parade.