Soviet Rifleman 1941-45

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Osprey's study of Soviet riflemen during the portion of World War II from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945, known as the Great Patriotic War. In the first four months of the war the The Red Army did not refer to its ground combat troops as "infantry" but as "rifle troops" (streltsi), dating back to the Czarist era when rifle units were considered more elite than rank-and-file infantry (pyekhoty).

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Osprey's study of Soviet riflemen during the portion of World War II from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945, known as the Great Patriotic War. In the first four months of the war the The Red Army did not refer to its ground combat troops as "infantry" but as "rifle troops" (streltsi), dating back to the Czarist era when rifle units were considered more elite than rank-and-file infantry (pyekhoty).

The Soviet rifleman initially suffered defeats and retreat during the early desperate days of the Great Patriotic War, then rallied to conduct a stubborn defense in the brutal winter of 1941/42, and eventually turned the tables at the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk. This title provides a view of the Soviet rifleman in defeat and victory, on the defensive and in attack, and in the heat of the summer and the frozen brutality of the Russian Winter. Their political beliefs, motivation, training, everyday life, weaponry and equipment are examined, accompanied by rare photographs and full color artwork.

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"Author G. Rottman does a very good job of portraying what it must have been like to be one of these men... It all makes for a book that is both interesting and informative. One I know you will enjoy reading." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (November 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846031274
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. The author lives in Cypress, TX.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Conscription     5
The conscription system
The typical Red Army recruit
Becoming a Red Army rifleman
Training and Tactics     9
Pre-conscription training
Conscription training
Tactical lessons and training manuals
Weapons training
Organization and attack formations of a rifle regiment
Appearance     18
Weapons and Equipment     23
Weapons
Personal equipment
Conditions of Service     41
Food
Medical care
Pay
Punishment
Entertainment
On Campaign     46
Bivouac
Fighting against the elements
Belief and Belonging     49
Experience in Battle     53
The Aftermath of Battle     57
Collections, Museums, and Reenactment     59
Bibliography     60
Color Plate Commentary     61
Index     64
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