Red Army Handbook, 1939-1945 by Steven J. Zaloga, Leland S. Ness

By Steven J. Zaloga, Leland S. Ness

Stalin's pink military entered global warfare II as a comparatively untried battling strength. In 1941, with the release of Operation Barbarossa, it joined conflict with Hitler's military, the main robust in historical past. After a determined conflict of attrition lasting greater than 4 years, the crimson military beat the Nazis into submission at the jap entrance and gained lasting reputation and glory in 1945 by way of eclipsing the army may perhaps of the 3rd Reich. From the army's improvement sooner than the outbreak of warfare in 1939 to its top in 1945, each element of its strength is tested right here: the organizational buildings, wrestle hands infantry, amour and mechanized forces, cavalry, airborne, and distinct forces. A technical assessment of infantry guns, armored automobiles, artillery, and aid gear is additionally supplied. totally illustrated with a entire collection of archive photos, charts, and tables of association, this can be a beneficial resource of reference for somebody drawn to the armies of worldwide conflict II.

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By Steven J. Zaloga, Leland S. Ness

Stalin's pink military entered global warfare II as a comparatively untried battling strength. In 1941, with the release of Operation Barbarossa, it joined conflict with Hitler's military, the main robust in historical past. After a determined conflict of attrition lasting greater than 4 years, the crimson military beat the Nazis into submission at the jap entrance and gained lasting reputation and glory in 1945 by way of eclipsing the army may perhaps of the 3rd Reich. From the army's improvement sooner than the outbreak of warfare in 1939 to its top in 1945, each element of its strength is tested right here: the organizational buildings, wrestle hands infantry, amour and mechanized forces, cavalry, airborne, and distinct forces. A technical assessment of infantry guns, armored automobiles, artillery, and aid gear is additionally supplied. totally illustrated with a entire collection of archive photos, charts, and tables of association, this can be a beneficial resource of reference for somebody drawn to the armies of worldwide conflict II.

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Black bread, soup and kasha (a grain porridge) were the staples, livened up by an occasional delicacy such as a 'soldier's sandwich' - a slab of fat on black bread. 29 RED ARMY HANDBOOK~ 1939-45 Shortages of weapons led to considerable irregularity in infantry firepower. This platoon has been equipped with the dismounted version of the Degtaryev DT tank machine gun instead of the usual DP light machine gun. The unit is otherwise well equipped, including at least one SVT-40 automatic rifle evident.

Of 250 rifle brigades formed by the Red Army, thirty-seven were Navy rifle brigades made up of sailors8 and nineteen were student or cadet (kursantskie) rifle brigades formed by conversion of training units. Establishment of these expedient formations began in September 1941 and, except for a few anomalous units, the process ended in April 1942. Essentially, an infantry brigade was onethird of an infantry division, consisting of an infantry regiment, an artillery battalion and smaller support units.

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