Cap band and piping colors through the years
Under the Red StarThe following chart is designed as a quick reference to help identify and roughly date Soviet Army visor caps based on cap band and piping colors. Band color is the colored rectangle, piping is shown by the stripe through the center; solid rectangles indicate piping color same as band. Chart reflects official Ministry of Defense uniform regulations and supplements since 1945. All bands are wool, with the exception of black ones, which may be either wool or velvet depending on the branch and time period.
VOSO = Military Communications Service