Original post-war Russian Soviet Union Army Belt Buckle. With cast brass hammer, sickle and Soviet red star emblem to the front. In very god condition. Dimensions of the buckle are 2.5 inches x 2 inches. The Soviet Army was the military backbone of the Warsaw Pact. In 1975 it was described as “the most powerful in the world, both in terms of men and equipment.” The Soviet Army was controlled by the Soviet Ministry of Defence and had four parts to it: strategic rocket forces, ground forces, air defence forces and air forces. Ground forces made up the bulk of the Soviet Army. In 1975, when the Cold War was at its height, Soviet ground forces numbered 2 million men. This figure excluded the 175,000 men who were classed as border troops and were under the control of the KGB and the 140,000 men of the Ministry of Internal Affairs who were concerned with external security. Soviet troops were based in five main Group of Forces. These were in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and the Soviet Union.
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