World War II Soviet Armed Forces (3) 1944–45

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Pub. Date: 2012-11-20
Publisher(s): Osprey Publishing
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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.

Author Biography

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. Darko Pavlovic was born in 1959 and currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. A trained architect, he now works as a full-time illustrator and writer, specializing in militaria. Darko has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including Men-at-Arms 282: Axis Forces in Yugoslavia 1941-43, and Elite 60: U-Boat Crews 1914-43. He has also written and illustrated titles for the Men-at-Arms series on the Austrian army of the 19th century.

Table of Contents

Advance to Victoryp. 3
Red Army Land Forcesp. 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 Campaignsp. 13
Land Forces Uniformsp. 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 Forcep. 24
Organization of air units: commands - air armies - air corps -air divisions
Uniforms, January 1943 regulations
Airborne Forces
Navyp. 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 Forcesp. 42
February 1943 and July 1945 regulations
Uniforms: NKGB State Security - NKVD Internal Troops -NKVD Border Troops
Plate Commentariesp. 45
Indexp. 48
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

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