During the Second World War, the American military did not know that their allies in the USSR wore footcloths instead of socks. The US Armed Forces were surprised to learn about this for the first time, writes National Interest.
In the middle of the XX century, the Soviet army concentrated on conducting combat operations and could not provide all personnel with socks. Therefore, the military used "the technology of winding the footcloths."
"These windings вЂ” or portyanki, if in Russian вЂ” were large rectangular pieces of fabric that were neatly wrapped around each foot," the authors of the article explained.
According to them, the effectiveness of footcloths could be compared with socks. They protected the feet from chafing while walking over rough terrain, absorbed moisture well, and covered the lining of the boots from sand, small stones, and dirt.