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Drawing on in-depth research, including work within the Royal Armouries, this study looks at how the Soviet armed forces developed and deployed a range of machine guns that fitted with their offensive and defensive infantry tactics across six years of total war.


In 1939, three machine guns dominated the Red Army's front-line infantry firepower -- the DShK 1938 heavy machine gun, the PM M1910 medium/heavy machine gun, and the Degtyaryov DP-27, a lighter, bipod-mounted support weapon. Confronted by cutting-edge German technology during the Great Patriotic War (1941–45), the Soviets responded with the development of new weaponry, including the RPD light machine gun, the 7.62×54mmR SG43 medium machine gun and the improved version of the DP-27, the DPM. Taken together, all these weapons gave the Red Army a more practical range of support weapons, better able to challenge the Germans for fire superiority on the battlefield.

Fully illustrated, this study explains the technology and the tactics of these machine guns. Noted authority Chris McNab sets out how these machine guns were distributed and tactically applied and provides numerous examples of the weapons in action, from assault teams on the streets of Stalingrad to tank crews struggling for survival at Kursk. The book also reflects upon the weapons' post-war service; many of the machine guns remain in front-line use today. Illustrated with high-quality photographs and specially commissioned artwork, this is a deep analysis of these essential tools of warfare within the Soviet forces.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Development
Use
Impact
Conclusion
Further Reading
Index

Product details

Published Feb 15 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472842398
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour artwork plates; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 81
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab specializes in military history and…

Illustrator

Alan Gilliland

Alan Gilliland, a contributor to more than 70 Ospr…

Illustrator

Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…

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