The beret consists of four major parts: the soft round cap, the bulging flat crown, the tight fitted headband with no brim, the lining.
The cap and the crown are sewn of wool, the headband is made of artificial leather.
On the back side of the beret there is a self-fabric carrier with a cord to fit the beret on the head, on the sides – the ventilation holes (grommets).
The lining is made of a lightweight breathable material.
At the point of the contact of the head with the inside of the beret, there is a rhombus leather protective patch sewn to the lining.
Benefits of the beret: does not require maintaining a strictly predetermined shape, is not blown away by the wind, and at the same time sufficiently covers the head in a cold day, can be easily folded for storage or transportation.
The Airborne Troops (Vozdushno-Desantnye Vojska, VDV) are known in the army folklore as “Vojska Dyadi Vasi” (Uncle Basil’s Troops) under the name of their founder – General Vassilij Margelov. The abbreviation VDV sometimes jokily stands for “Two hundred variants are possible”, “Your girls are widows”, “I’ll hardly be back home”, etc.
The popular saying of the paratroopers: “ A paratrooper is a god for three seconds, an eagle for five minutes, and a horse for the rest of time.”