The Red Army Handbook 1939-1945 by Steven J. Zaloga

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This volume opens with a review of the historical background of the Red Army in the year leading up to the outbreak of war in 1939, and follows with a discussion of the major themes in the development of Soviet forces during the Great Patriotic War that ensued in 1941. The Red Army's organizational structures are examined, from high command down to divisional level and below, which should help Western readers to understand the differences between the terminology of the Soviet and common Western (British, US and German) armies. Soviet combat arms - infantry, armor and mechanized forces, cavalry, airborne and special forces and artillery - are described from an organizational viewpoint. This is followed by a technical overview of the equipment - infantry weapons, armored vehicles and artillery, and support equipment. These sections are complemented by informative data charts.

About Steven J. Zaloga

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Steven A. Zaloga is the author of more than 70 books on military history, specializing in Russian and Soviet military subjects. Leland S. Ness served as a Pentagon correspondent for international defense and is a consultant in armor technology in the U.S. and Europe.
Published December 25, 1998 by Sutton Publishing. 240 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction