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  1. Riker87

    Cuban general's epaulettes

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    Here you have the chance to get absolutley rare Cuban military items. I offer three pairs of epualettes of a brigadier general (span. General de brigada). From left to right you see: - epaulettes for service uniform (khaki/brown uniform) - epaulettes for service uniform (olive green uniform, only for special units like the security troops) - epaulettes for combat uniform (olive green uniform) They come directly from Cuba. Price: 200 € for each pair Shipping costs: depends on destination, normal international letters costs between 0,90 € and 3,70 € (+2,50 € for registered mail, if desired) If you've got questions or offers, please contact me.


  2. Riker87

    Cuban General's Insignia:

    Hello friends, since last friday I'm back from Cuba. In one month there I could get many nice items. So one actually uniform of a general de brigada: Here my complete result of my trip:
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    Cuban airforce badges

    Hey guys, here an example of my Cuban DAAFAR badges. The DAAFAR uses three types of classifications badges: for navigators, for technicians and for pilots. They will award in five grades (Maestro - Primera - Segunda - Tercera - without title). Here the 3rd grade of all types. The last one is from the army/navy (for comparison):
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    Badge identifications

    You're welcome amigo! Yes, it is very similar to the soviet one like all many other badges (for example for ground forces/marina or soldiers/service men). Why Ramiro wear such sub marine badge I do not know too.
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    Cuban hat to be identified

    I can try to ask for it in Cuba next march. But it is a real mistery.
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    Cuban hat to be identified

    I've never thought that INTUR used such uniforms. I only know the old INTUR-money for tourists in the 70s/80s. Can you make a foto of the interior or the hat?
  7. Riker87

    Cuban General's Insignia:

    So gentlemen, today my newest piece arrived me from the US of A: a general's peaked cap for gala uniform and service dress (ca. 1988 - early 90s). Here's is a reconstruction of an service dress of a general de brigada at the end of the 1980's. All pieces are 100 % cuban.
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    Badge identifications

    Amigo, the shown badges are similiar to the Soviet Submarine Badge except the red star was removed and it was replaced with the cuban national coat of arms. Gold version is for comanders, silver for all another crewmen.
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    Cuban hat to be identified

    Ciao amico! That's a very interesting peaked cap I've never seen before! Very, very nice! Well, as you guessed correctly it belongs to Instuto Nacional de Turismo (INTUR, engl. National Institute for Tourism). This peaked cap must be from the 1970s.
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    Cuban General's Insignia:

    Thanks Paul. Well, I think it's difficult as for you. I think you need some luck to get them. I've got the luck to have a friend which has a belarusian friend who bought the shoulder boards and the winter jacket in Belarus for me and brought them to me. Today my second winter jacket of the 80s and combat boots arrived from Ukraine. So you will see I get my items from around the world: USA, Europe, Cuba etc. Unfortunately I have noticed, that some US sellers are really mercenary. They have fancy prices. The Cubans will say "Pa' la pinga"
  11. Hallo friends, here you see my new entrant of my collection: an officer's winter jacket for the battle dress unit of the 1980's. The jacket is absolutely new and unused.
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    Cuban General's Insignia:

    Hello fellows, after a long time a short update: Here' are my new epaulettes of a Division General. They are absolutely unused and from the 1980's.
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    Cuban General's Insignia:

    Now, I've got some updates in my general's epaulettes collection: I've received a pair of shoulder boards for the everyday uniform (unfortunately not related) and a brown pair of slip-ons also for the everyday uniform. All the epaulettes are still in use.
  14. Here is a picture of my cuban patch collection:
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    Cuban army and police patches

    Hola Malfeasant, bienvenido! The shown patch is one of the first patches of the Policía Nacional Revolucionaria. That's why PNR is standing above the coat of arms. Unterneath of it stands "Cuba". The another two words I can't read, but I suppose there is written Comandancia General (main headquarters). This patches were used until the end of the 1960s. Is it possible to show the uniform? Here you can see the (it's of my collection):
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    Cuban military belt buckle

    Hello Jim, this belts are definitely Cuban, but soviet made. Some better pics you will find here. Scroll down to "belt". Unfortunately I hadn't a chance to write down the descricption in english and spanish. So it is only in german.This types of belts were produced in the factory for leather goods in Minks (Belorussian Soviet Republic).
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    Please Identify

    That's a typical cap of the Cuban army in the 1950s. In its design it was similar to the US-american army caps.
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    Another Item to ID

    It's a very interesting piece. Never saw a Cuban Pickelhaube. It must be from the early 20th century. But I can't imagine that this headgear was official used in the armed forces (the coat of arms is of the army). Unfortunately some parts are missing.
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    Coronel - Boarder Guards - 1976-1988

    You are absolutely right, Paul.
  20. Yesterday my Coronel's service uniform of the Boarder Guards has been arrived from the USA. It's the same model like in the army. Only the buttons have a silver colour. The Cuban Boarder Guards belongs to the Ministry of the Interior. That's why the hat badge shows "MININT" - Ministerio del Interior. More pictures of it you'll find the next days on my site cuba-militaria.
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    Cuban BDU (1976-1988)

    A few days ago my Cuban Battle Dress Unit of the 80s has been arrived from the UK. I've searched a long time for it. Now it is almost complete. I only need an olive drab cap. And here are the suitable soviet made laced combat boots: More pictures you'll find here. The english text will follow the next days.
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    Cuban BDU (1976-1988)

    Thank you Paul, today I've got a lette from Cuba of my main "source" with many good news for the next year (when I'll travel again to Cuba) I will try my best to find someting you are interested. The shoulder boards were made by the soviets. They are showing the letters: FAR (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias). Pictures of them, you find here.
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    Coronel - Boarder Guards - 1976-1988

    The shoulder boards are soviet, only the stars are cuban made. Until 1988 the Cubans used the same soviet shoulder boards, which were adapted how you've described. From 1988 until ca. the mid 90s, the Cubans used this shoulder boards too, but modified. They've cut the straps of the shoulder boards off and slided them on the straps of the new beige shirts, which are still in use. Here a picture of this modified shoulder boards on the new shirts, which were introduced in 1988. I could take some photos in the Army Museum of Dresden (ex East German Army museum of the NVA): And here a picture of a MININT uniform which is actually in use:
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    Coronel - Boarder Guards - 1976-1988

    You're welcome. No, this version was only in use from 1976 until 1988. I name this era "the soviet era" because in this time the Cubans used many soviet parts and equipment for their uniforms (for example the collar tabs, shoulder boards, green shirts etc.)
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    Coronel - Boarder Guards - 1976-1988

    Hi Paul, I hope this picture will it explain better than me in words.