Soviet Rifleman 1941-45 by Gordon L. RottmanSoviet Rifleman 1941-45 by Gordon L. Rottman

Soviet Rifleman 1941-45

byGordon L. RottmanIllustratorHoward Gerrard

Paperback | October 23, 2007

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Osprey's study of Soviet riflemen during the portion of World War II from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945, known as the Great Patriotic War. In the first four months of the war the The Red Army did not refer to its ground combat troops as "infantry" but as "rifle troops" (streltsi), dating back to the Czarist era when rifle units were considered more elite than rank-and-file infantry (pyekhoty).

The Soviet rifleman initially suffered defeats and retreat during the early desperate days of the Great Patriotic War, then rallied to conduct a stubborn defense in the brutal winter of 1941/42, and eventually turned the tables at the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk. This title provides a view of the Soviet rifleman in defeat and victory, on the defensive and in attack, and 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, accompanied by rare photographs and full color artwork.

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations for...
Title:Soviet Rifleman 1941-45Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.72 × 7.29 × 0.11 inPublished:October 23, 2007Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1846031273

ISBN - 13:9781846031274

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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

Editorial Reviews

"Author G. Rottman does a very good job of portraying what it must have been like to be one of these men... It all makes for a book that is both interesting and informative. One I know you will enjoy reading." -Scott Van Aken, (November 2007)