Interesting facts about "Budenovka"

The headdress, called "budenovka", is inextricably linked with the era of the revolution and the Civil War. Although, there is still no reliable information about when the "budenovka" first appeared.

Some military historians assure that these sharp-topped helmets were sewn back in 1915 and were called "heroes": because of the resemblance to the helmets of ancient Russian warriors. For a long time they lay in military warehouses, and after the revolution, the Bolsheviks took advantage of these trophies. Moreover, at that time there was a sorely lack of money in the country, so why give up ready-made uniforms?

The Bolsheviks only slightly changed the appearance of the "budenovoks" - they cut off the royal two-headed eagles and sewed on the stars. Moreover, the stars were different for different types of troops: for example, infantrymen wore crimson stars, cavalrymen - blue, pilots - blue, and so on.

Other researchers adhere to the version of the Soviet origin "budenovka". In their opinion, the competition for the development of a new uniform for the Red Army was held in the spring of 1918. Even such famous artists as Vasnetsov and Kustodiev took part in this competition. However, opponents argue that it was Vasnetsov who was the author of the headdress sketch in 1915, and then simply suggested that the Bolsheviks return to this option.

There is also such a version: the idea of ​​introducing a new helmet belongs to L.D.Trotsky. And since at the end of the twenties he was expelled from the Soviet Union, the Bolsheviks preferred to forget about this fact. Better to let them think that "budenovka" appeared under the tsar.

The people called these cloth helmets not only "budenovka" or "bogatyrka". There was also the name "frunzevka", and some wits even called "lightning rod" or "conduit".

In the Red Army, "budenovka" was used for over 20 years. And the reason for its cancellation was the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-1940. In the harsh northern conditions, this, not the warmest, headdress showed itself far from the best. Therefore, on July 5, 1940, an order of the People's Commissar of Defense was issued, which ordered to replace the "budenovka" with a hat with earflaps. True, it did not work out quickly. In the photographs of the initial stage of the Great Patriotic War, one can often see soldiers of the Red Army wearing this legendary helmet.

It is curious that this headdress is still perceived by many as a symbol of the formidable revolutionary era. "Budyonovki" and in our time are willingly bought by foreigners as souvenirs.