In former times, the current president of Ukraine was considered a person with good taste. His show business era suits fit him perfectly. What has Vladimir Zelensky achieved by switching to khaki? And by the way, who did it earlier than him?
Judging by the available images, after the start of the Russian special operation, Zelensky completely switched to military style in clothes. The former KVN player is not indifferent to the products of the American company “5.11”, which values itself dearly. She doesn't seem to have anything under $100. And still, next to European politicians in strict business suits, the Ukrainian leader looks frankly rustic.
However, Zelensky is not the first to adopt the military style. It has been like this since the beginning of the 20th century, although such a word was not yet in use.
French and John French
If anyone thinks that in Russia they will be the first to walk in elements of military uniform started by the Bolsheviks, then he is mistaken. The first politician to resort to this was the head of the Provisional Government Alexander Kerensky. There are many photographs in which he is dressed in an English jacket. Since in the next half century, many left and ultra-left politicians wore clothes based on the jacket, it is worth dwelling on it.
The upper part of the British military uniform of the First World War was called French only in Russia. In Britain it was called the Service Dress Jacket — service uniform jacket. The four-pocket, button-down collar jacket is believed to have been named after John French, Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force on the Continent.
During the First World War, the Russian Empire was unable to supply its own army with military uniforms. Starting around 1915, so that the Entente allies would not fight the Germans, Austrians and Turks naked, the British began to send their own uniforms to Russia. By the February Revolution in Arkhangelsk, Moscow and Petrograd, millions of breeches, jackets, and boots from England lay in warehouses. Since with the beginning of the Civil War all these cities were behind the Reds, they got the English jackets. Budyonnyand Kirov, Frunze and even Lenin went there. But glorified French, of course, Stalin.
During the Civil War, he was only a member of the Revolutionary Military Councils of several Red Fronts. As the cult of personality grew, more and more victories began to be attributed personally to Comrade Stalin. In the mid-1930s, the whole country suddenly realized who had won the Civil War. The image of a man in a military jacket was very welcome here.
After the Second World War, the habit of wearing a jacket was copied from Stalin by the communists of many countries of the world, including Chinese and Korean. Mao Zedong and Kim Il Sung passed on the tradition of wearing Pol Pot jacket, and this is almost our time.
Tropical Hitler and landing Churchill
During the Second World War, many politicians and heads of state put on uniforms. Adolf Hitlergot into the brown uniform of the NSDAP even before the start of hostilities. By the way, the wearing of the uniform of this particular color by the National Socialists has a history similar to the Soviet service jacket. After the end of the First World War in Germany, military uniforms intended for the war in Africa were out of work. Oddly enough, this country had a number of colonies on the Black Continent — Tanganyika, territories in Kenya, Cameroon, Togo, etc. In the late 20s, the Nazi party leadership bought cheap uniforms from the government of the Weimar Republic and put them on their stormtroopers.
Sir Winston Churchill, for nothing that he had the rank of colonel, by September 1, 1939, he was not in active military service. Nevertheless, after the start of the Battle of Britain, he happily climbed into the overalls of an English paratrooper. The Prime Minister, of course, did not jump with a parachute. However, after the Germans began to bomb London in 1940, he, like all other citizens, had to regularly flee from raids in a bomb shelter. The simplest piece of clothing that could be quickly pulled over Sir Winston's unusual figure was a military-style jumpsuit.
General Berdimuhamedov, Colonel Romanov
For quite a long time after the end of the Great Patriotic War, the leaders of the USSR did not wear military uniforms, although they had the right to do so. Both Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnevwere front line. However, the break with the Stalinist past had to be emphasized at least by the absence of boots, a cap and a tunic in the wardrobe. Only in 1976, having become a marshal, Brezhnev broke this tradition.
In today's Russia, the first persons of the state only occasionally allowed themselves to try on military-style headgear. I remember Boris Yeltsin in a maroon beret of a special forces soldier of the Internal Troops and Vladimir Putin in a black Navy cap.
But the leaders of other republics of the former USSR put on official uniforms easily and willingly. Often in military uniform, and even with weapons in hand, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko appears in public. In recent years, he wears shoulder straps that are not prescribed in the statutory documents. Instead of stars denoting the rank (Alexander Grigorievich — retired lieutenant colonel), they have — large state emblem of the country. Army General Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the ex-president, and now the chairman of the upper house of the parliament of Turkmenistan, also poses in field uniform, then in full dress, then gives his military master classes in shooting from personal weapons.
Western politicians, including women, are not far behind. There is a famous photograph of the “iron lady” Margaret Thatcher in 1986, in which she sticks up to her waist from the turret of a Chieftain tank. She wears tactical goggles and a touching pink handkerchief. And last year, Lise Truss, the head of the British Foreign Office, also rode a British tank, but more modern, somewhere in Estonia. Now she is fighting for the post of prime minister of her country.
Politicians who have come to the highest government positions with solid shoulder straps and military experience stand apart. For example, Marshal of Finland and President of Finland Carl Gustav Mannerheim. Or the President of the United States, aka General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower. Or lieutenant colonel Hugo Chavez, who became president of Venezuela. Or Emperor Nicholas II, Colonel of the Russian Imperial Army.
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