''French'' ( rus, френч) was the designation of a particular type of military jacket or tunic in the
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, several new models of khaki-grey uniform jackets were adopted in Russia for service wear by Imperial Army officers. In most cases these were related to (and influenced by) the latest creations in the armies of
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. These loose-fitting and practical garments received the collective designation ''french'' in tribute to the supreme commander of the British Expeditionary Force to France,
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John French
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. The main features of the ''french'' were as follows: * soft collar – turndown version or standing version with button fastening, * variable half-belt and changeable sleeves * four big pockets (appliquéd, with buttons) with flaps (two upper chest, two below). In the
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it was usually worn by commanding officers, chiefs and political officers and from 1924 to 1943. In the air force there was a limited number of ''frenches'' regularly worn by British officers. It was characterised by an open collar, to be worn with tie or scarf.

Evolution to the ''Stalin tunic''

The ''French'' tunic eventually evolved in the 1920s to the Stalin tunic, which was adopted by several political leaders, such as
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See also

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