World War II Soviet Armed Forces (3): 1944-45

World War II Soviet Armed Forces (3): 1944-45


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This book presents a detailed analysis of the Soviet armed forces during the final days of the war, covering the soldiers that successfully turned the tide against the Nazi onslaught and pushed it back into Germany itself. This final part of the series documents the Red Army's push through Germany to Berlin, which eventually culminated in the surrender of the German forces to the Allies in 1945. It also offers a detailed breakdown of all the armed forces that conducted the offensive campaigns on the Eastern Front, including the army, air force, paratroopers, navy and NKVD troops. It also reveals in colourful illustrations the uniforms and organizations of the Russian forces serving against Japan until the eventual surrender of all Japanese Imperial forces in August 1945.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849086349
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: Men-at-Arms , #469
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Dr Nigel Thomas is an accomplished linguist and military historian, formerly a Principal Lecturer at Northumbria University, now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He was awarded a PhD on the Eastern enlargement of NATO.

Table of Contents

Advance to Victory 3

Red Army Land Forces 3

Soviet high command - land forces personnel - branches

Organization: military districts - 'strategic directions' - 'fronts' -operational theatres

Armies and groups - foreign formations - corps - divisions -regiments - battalions


Summary of Land Forces Campaigns 13

Land Forces Uniforms 16

January 1943 regulations, and April 1945 general officers' dress uniforms

Headgear - tunics and field shirts - overcoats - legwear and footwear

Branch-specific uniforms: armoured troops - mounted personnel - Cossacks - Military Transport Corps - female personnel - cadets and military school pupils

Branch distinctions: caps - service and field shoulder boards -service and field collar patches - branch-colour piping

Rank insignia, January 1943 regulations: combat arms-non-combat arms - cadets and military school pupils

Red Army Air Force 24

Organization of air units: commands - air armies - air corps -air divisions

Uniforms, January 1943 regulations

Airborne Forces

Navy 35

Summary of naval operations

Uniforms, January 1943 regulations: officers' dress and service uniforms - enlisted ranks' uniforms - branch distinctions - rank insignia - cadets and naval school pupils

Naval Infantry

NKVD and NKGB Forces 42

February 1943 and July 1945 regulations

Uniforms: NKGB State Security - NKVD Internal Troops -NKVD Border Troops

Plate Commentaries 45

Index 48

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