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By Gordon L. Rottman

Osprey's learn of Soviet riflemen through the component of global struggle II from 22 June 1941 to nine might 1945, referred to as the good Patriotic battle. within the first 4 months of the battle the The pink military didn't confer with its flooring wrestle troops as "infantry" yet as "rifle troops" (streltsi), courting again to the Czarist period whilst rifle devices have been thought of extra elite than rank-and-file infantry (pyekhoty).

The Soviet rifleman in the beginning suffered defeats and retreat through the early determined days of the nice Patriotic conflict, then rallied to behavior a obdurate protection within the brutal iciness of 1941/42, and at last grew to become the tables on the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk. This identify presents a view of the Soviet rifleman in defeat and victory, at the shielding and in assault, and within the warmth of the summer season and the frozen brutality of the Russian iciness. Their political opinions, motivation, education, way of life, weaponry and gear are tested, observed via infrequent pictures and whole colour artwork.

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