The Soviet rifleman, or Frontovik, initially suffered defeats and retreat during the early desperate days of the war, then resolved a stubborn defence during the brutal winter of 1941-42, eventually turning the tables at the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, before victoriously marching into Germany. This title provides a view of the Soviet rifleman in defeat and victory, on the defensive and in the attack both 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 here, accompanied by rare photographs and full-color artwork.
Read an extract of Soviet Rifleman 1941-45
Table of Contents
Introduction · Conscription · Training and Tactics · Appearance · Weapons and Equipment · Conditions of Service · On Campaign · Belief and Belonging · The Aftermath of Battle · Collections, Museums, and Reenactment · Bibliography · Colour Plate Commentary · Index