Ukrainian Armies 1914–55

Ukrainian Armies 1914–55

Men-at-Arms 412
  • Author: Eugene Pinak, Peter Abbott
  • Illustrator: Oleksiy Rudenko
  • Short code: MAA 412
  • Publication Date: 23 Sep 2004
  • Number of Pages: 48
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A detailed, illustrated study of the Ukrainian armed forces, their weapons, dress and equipment from the First to the Second World War and beyond.

There can be no region in Europe whose history has been more tortured than Ukraine. During the 20th century Austria, Poland, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Romania vied for power over parts of this vast and fragmented area; and its divided peoples rose time and again in vain attempts to win their independence.

For the first time in the West, this book gives a succinct summary of all the different armed forces raised among the Ukrainians, and of their uniforms and insignia. These are illustrated in colour and in a selection of extremely rare photographs, dating from the Great War to the aftermath of World War II, when Ukrainian guerrillas continued to defy the Soviet authorities until the mid-1950s.

Biographical Note

Peter Abbott is a retired university lecturer. He has been collecting material on the various Ukrainian forces for many years and has written a number of Men-at-Arms titles for Osprey. Eugen Pinak graduated as a Master of Law from the Taras Shevchenko University and currently works as a lawyer in Kyiv. He is a serious student of military history, including orders of battle, organisation and uniforms.Oleksiy Rudenko graduated from the Ukrainian National Academy of Arts in 1992. He helped to create the decorations system for Ukraine, and is now a member of the State Decorations and Armory Committee under the President of Ukraine. He lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.


World War I:
Ukrainian units of the Austro-Hungarian and Russian armies The first struggles for independence - the Ukrainian National Republic 1917-21 - the Western Ukrainian Republic 1918-20
World War II:
Carpathia-Ruthenia 1938-39 - Ukrainian units in the Wehrmacht, Polizei & Waffen-SS - Ukrainian National Army 1945
The Ukrainian Insurgent Army 1941-56

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