Army field cap, dated 1988.
In olive drab cotton material. This model was at first worn
by Soviet Spetznaz and commonly referred to as "Mobutu" cap,
named after the Congo dictator who the Soviets attempted to
destabilize and overthrow. The original cap design dates to
the early 1970s and was intended for export to Africa,
eventually a Soviet tropical cap was designed on its basis
and the nickname remained. This cap was later widely used by
Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan.
Made in rugged cotton, very soundly stitched, with
reinforced vent holes on each side and simulated leather
sweat band. The liner shows clear maker stamp of the
Headgear Factory in the city of Gukovo with a 1988 date of
manufacture. There is also a smaller quality control stamp.
The size is marked 55 (which corresponds with US size 6 7/8,
The hat is in Mint unissued condition. Perfect through and
through, completely free of storage wear, soiling or typical
moldy smell of a Soviet warehouse.