Kenttäpuku m/27
An m/27 tunic[1]
Type: Battledress
Designation: Unknown
Place of origin: Unknown
Produced: Unknown
Manufacturer(s): Unknown
Material(s): Unknown
Evolved from: Unknown
Evolved into: Unknown
Used by: Suojeluskunta
Wars: Unknown
The Kenttäpuku m/27 is a battledress of Finnish origin.[2][3][4][5][6]


In 1926 the problems associated with the m/22 were to be addressed and corrected by a committee under the control of Colonel Lauri Malmberg. The committee had decided that the m/22 was not a feasible choice for the Finnish Armed Forces and a separate combat tunic would need to be designed. It was this decision that led to the development and issue of the Model of 1927 (m/27) tunic.

It was decided that this latest tunic would be made of coarse heavy wool and the tunics were to be issued to all branches of service for combat use. This included the Finnish Army as well as the Finnish Civil Guard who often procured their own equipment outside of Army controls and decrees. The primary differences between the Army and Civil Guard issue tunics would be insignia, rank identifiers on the collars, and the addition of the Civil Guard district patch on the left sleeve of those m/27 tunics issued to Civil Guard units. There was also to be a standard color of the tunics regardless of service branch, the color was a brownish green but on early m/27 tunics the brown color is much more obvious than on later produced examples. Sometime in the early to mid 1930's the green color or tint became the more dominant color shade of the wool dye for the m/27. It is not known why this change in color dominance occurred, be it from new material or an official order. Some of the vital improvements over the m/19 were the addition of oversized front breast pockets, an oversized collar that offered some protection from the elements in colder conditions, and an inner watch type pocket for personal items or a field dressing. The tunic was also made with an inner belt for ease in fit for all body types.

These are some departures from previous tunics that are very interesting unique features to the m/27 tunic. The m/27 was a vastly superior tunic to the early m/22 for field duty and combat issue. These tunics were strongly constructed and could hold up to almost any duty no matter how vigorous or challenging. The new issue tunics were generally met with approval by troops in the field as these were much more inline for military duty.




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