For a young Soviet man in the 1980s, the chances were high that he would be obliged to serve for at least two years in the Soviet Armed Forces. At this time Soviet society was far more militarized than most other European countries; by the time they turned 18, most Soviet boys were far more familiar with military life than their Western European and American counterparts. Focusing on the daily experiences of a young recruit in the Soviet Army of the late 1980s, this book examines the history, organization, appearance and equipment of the Soviet forces, from pre-service indoctrination to uniforms and leadership.
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Table of Contents
Pre-Service Indoctrination · The Soviet Armed Forces · Welcome to the Army, Ivan Ivanovich! · The Daily Schedule · Leadership · Soviet Army Uniforms · The Plates