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The Red Army Handbook 1939-1945 Paperback – 26 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd; New Ed edition (26 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750932090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750932097
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stalin's Red Army entered World War II as a relatively untried fighting force. In 1941, with the launch of Operation "Barbarossa", it joined battle with Hitler's army, the most powerful in history. After a desperate war of attrition over four years the Red Army beat the Nazis into defeat on the Eastern Front and won lasting fame and glory in 1945 by eclipsing the military might of the Third Reich. From the army's development prior to the outbreak of war in 1939 to the army's peak in 1945, every aspect of their force is examined here; the organizational structures, combat arms infantry, armour and mechanized forces, cavalry, airbourne and special forces along with a technical overview of infantry weapons, armoured vehicles and artillery, and support equipment. Fully illustrated with a comprehensive selection of archive photographs, charts and tables of organization, this is a useful source of reference for anyone interested in the armies of World War II.

About the Author

Steven J.Zaloga has written over seventy books on military history, specialising in Russian and Soviet military subjects. Leland S. Ness served as a Pentagon correspondent for international Defense Review and now publishes a newsletter for the ground defence industry. He is also a consultant in armour technology in the USA and Europe. Both authors live in the USA.

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