Soviet Rifleman 1941-45 cover
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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.

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

Product details

Published 03 Oct 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846031274
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 55 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 123
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, vol…


Howard Gerrard

Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of A…


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