Soviet Rifleman 1941-45 by Gordon L. Rottman

By Gordon L. Rottman

Within the first 4 months of the struggle the The pink military didn't confer with its floor strive against troops as "infantry" yet as "rifle troops" (streltsi), relationship again to the Czarist period whilst rifle devices have been thought of extra elite than rank-and-file infantry (pyekhoty).
The Soviet rifleman in the beginning suffered defeats and retreat in the course of the early determined days of the nice Patriotic battle, then rallied to behavior a obdurate security within the brutal iciness of 1941/42, and finally became the tables on the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk. This identify offers a view of the Soviet rifleman in defeat and victory, at the protective and in assault, and within the warmth of the summer time and the frozen brutality of the Russian wintry weather. Their political opinions, motivation, education, lifestyle, weaponry and kit are tested, observed through infrequent photos and whole colour paintings.

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By Gordon L. Rottman

Within the first 4 months of the struggle the The pink military didn't confer with its floor strive against troops as "infantry" yet as "rifle troops" (streltsi), relationship again to the Czarist period whilst rifle devices have been thought of extra elite than rank-and-file infantry (pyekhoty).
The Soviet rifleman in the beginning suffered defeats and retreat in the course of the early determined days of the nice Patriotic battle, then rallied to behavior a obdurate security within the brutal iciness of 1941/42, and finally became the tables on the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk. This identify offers a view of the Soviet rifleman in defeat and victory, at the protective and in assault, and within the warmth of the summer time and the frozen brutality of the Russian wintry weather. Their political opinions, motivation, education, lifestyle, weaponry and kit are tested, observed through infrequent photos and whole colour paintings.

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And, of course, because I’m into rock music, which was then called the “big beat,” we searched out the latest hits. Where else but on Radio Free Europe? When I was buying my first transistor radio, I judged its quality by whether I’d be able to get a good signal from Radio Free Europe or not. Even so, there were problems because radio stations of that sort were jammed. I was happy I was able to listen to that music, and another important thing was that I could tune in to, I’d say, ideologically unbiased news programs.

My wife wanted to. But how could I just leave everything? What about the Prague Castle: wouldn’t I miss that? And I also had some personal misgivings, because I had no experience of foreign countries. And, I confess, that what also weighed maybe about 50 percent on my decision was that I was afraid to go to live abroad because I was handicapped. I was afraid because I kept wondering, what if I don’t get any job? The propaganda image of capitalism as an inhuman regime just keeps gnawing at you… I remember how they told us on the radio that when you’re driving along the motorway in Germany, it’s impossible to get off it because it’s all private property; all forests are fenced in, so nobody’s allowed to go into the woods.

It was kind of a bad feeling. (Jaroslava Wollerová, born 1947, secondary school teacher) We got to the first town in Bavaria. What a shock: everything in Czechoslo­ vakia was grey and colorless, without any bright colors. And now suddenly those colors and lights in Germany. I was just thrilled. My mother even said she couldn’t go shopping in their malls because her eyes hurt from the lights. Everything was so full of color, and here we just weren’t used to it. (Gertruda Schneiderová, born 1935, textile worker) Another shock to tourists from Czechoslovakia was the cleanliness they found in towns and villages, which stood in stark contrast to the conditions at home.

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