Army / Air Force officer full dress belt with dagger
hangers, early to mid 1980s.
Brass hardware and buckle, silk tress. The buckle is Army /
Air Force model with the star in a wreath; the suspensions
have open frame buckle unlike the lion head buckles of the
contemporary Navy officer's dress belt. The liner shows a
Soviet factory stamp. In excellent, near mint condition,
appears to be unissued. Several in stock; the stamps may
differ from the example in our photo but all are of Soviet
Changes in uniform regulations in 1958 made daggers
virtually obsolete for both Army and Air Force officers.
Afterwards, they would carry daggers only on very special
occasions such as military oath ceremonies or major parades
on Red Square (or in the capital cities of the republics).
Unlike naval officers, Army and Air Force personnel usually
wouldn't keep a dagger in their personal possession, but
would instead be issued one to carry just for a day or two
when needed. (Officers with assignments that required the
frequent wear of dress uniforms most likely would have kept
a belt with hangers like this in their possession.)