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I am interested in photos of Albanian military uniforms especially those in the 1950s and 60s before they did away with Russian-style insignia and began using the Maoist Chinese style no-rank system and uniform style.

Any good photos, especially those of the Albanian Air Force and Navy and also photos of hats?

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Welcome aboard!

I was given a book by an Albanian friend of mine called "Albanian Military in Pictures" and it has a few pics of Albanian uniforms in it. From what I have seen from that period, it was a bit of a mishmash. Most of the photos I have seen I have posted here or have included in my book, but I don't think there ever was a comprehensive study done on them. Are you looking to see rank insignia or just photos of them in wear?

Cheers,

Eric

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Hello,

I remember that during the Cold War, the Italian Military Intelligence Service, printed a fine book, fully illustrated with colour plates, depicting the uniforms of the Warsaw Pact and other Socialist/Communist Armed Forces. As soon as I'll visit my parents, since the book belongs to my dad (a retired Army Officer), I'll see if Albania would have also been illustrated, hopefully with the old-fashioned uniforms.

Best wishes,

Enzo

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Sounds great! See if Albania is in that book for us.

I wonder if there are other sources out there showing Albanian badges and uniforms from the Fifties up to the Eighties?

On ebay you'll frequently find good heavy photo books incl. military pics with uniforms. Search for seller elviscenko and just check periodically.

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there are two main periods of albanian communist uniforms. the first is related to the Albanian-Soviet time with ranks and a heavy soviet look. and the second period belongs to the Albanian - Chinese time with no ranks (removed). I posses a good number of uniforms from the second period. there are also many books with large pictures like For People with People and Our Peoples Army. also in any Albanian picture book published during communism there were pages dedicated to the albanian army. I will post some pictures of some uniforms.

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Hello,

I regret to inform that my father's book from the Intelligence Service doesn't illustrate the uniforms and insignia of Albania. It includes those of all other Socialist powers of the Warsaw Pact and Yugoslavia.

Best wishes,

Enzo

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Interesting pic from the main museum in Tirana. A wall of pics had has subtitle "ex important functionaries of the Albanian Communist Party and Albanian State sentenced and killed by Enver Hoxha regime"

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there are two main periods of albanian communist uniforms. the first is related to the Albanian-Soviet time with ranks and a heavy soviet look. and the second period belongs to the Albanian - Chinese time with no ranks (removed). I posses a good number of uniforms from the second period. there are also many books with large pictures like For People with People and Our Peoples Army. also in any Albanian picture book published during communism there were pages dedicated to the albanian army. I will post some pictures of some uniforms.

You are welcome to post these photos too. Thanks!

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Interesting pic from the main museum in Tirana. A wall of pics had has subtitle "ex important functionaries of the Albanian Communist Party and Albanian State sentenced and killed by Enver Hoxha regime"

Bob,

That is an almost carbon copy of the Soviet M45 "Parad Pobedy" uniform.

Marc

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Interesting pic from the main museum in Tirana. A wall of pics had has subtitle "ex important functionaries of the Albanian Communist Party and Albanian State sentenced and killed by Enver Hoxha regime"

Dear sir,

This uniform is realy a "Victory Parade" Uniform. In 1947, for the albanian generals arrived from USSR a number of this uniform.

Here enclosed, a photo of an albanian general in this uniform. This uniform where used from 1947 till 1955.

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Dear sir,

This uniform is realy a "Victory Parade" Uniform. In 1947, for the albanian generals arrived from USSR a number of this uniform.

Here enclosed, a photo of an albanian general in this uniform. This uniform where used from 1947 till 1955.

Excellent... and "nice" award he has on right hand side of the pic :jumping:

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I found these amongst a series of Albanian tourist shots @ 1984 (obviously some Albanian immigrant who went back in 1984 to visit Grandma and her husband's grave). I believe they are Albanian @ 1945 or 1946.

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Dear sir,

This uniform is realy a "Victory Parade" Uniform. In 1947, for the albanian generals arrived from USSR a number of this uniform.

Here enclosed, a photo of an albanian general in this uniform. This uniform where used from 1947 till 1955.

Welcome Artan! That is a superb photograph! Do you happen to know who he is?

Cheers,

Eric

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Welcome Artan! That is a superb photograph! Do you happen to know who he is?

Cheers,

Eric

Dear Eric,

My general is Major-general Tuk Jakova (1914-1959), dead in prison.

The other General (pics from BOB) is major-general Gjin Marku, dead in prison in the '80-es.

The officer (pics from ULSTERMAN), is a leitnant in a M-44 uniform, local production, used in 1944-1945 period.

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